Absences aplenty on day six of LSU’s fall practice schedule, as Dave Aranda’s defense saw a host of players sidelined on Thursday.
Two players were missing for clear cut reasons. Corner Kristian Fulton is appealing the NCAA in an effort to have his two-year suspension for an attempted false drug test reduced to one year of time served. At linebacker, Tyler Taylor is indefinitely suspended for his offseason arrest relating to a pawn shop robbery in Georgia.
They weren’t the only players sidelined. Let’s break it down by position.
Running Back: Lanard Fournette
Tight End: Jacory Washington
Offensive Line: Chasen Hines, Badara Traore
Linebacker: Taylor, Micah Baskerville, Patrick Queen
Corner: Fulton, Greedy Williams, Mannie Netherly, Kary Vincent
Safety: Ed Paris, Eric Monroe
That list is not definitive and players could have joined after media left. Those are simply players I did not see.
The receivers were again split today. Four – Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall, Racey McMath, and Dee Anderson – were off to the right of the line of scrimmage with Mickey Joseph. The rest worked on a skinny post route with Jerry Sullivan from the left side of the line.
Tory Carter and Aaron Moffitt ran as second team tight ends in blocking drills behind Foster Moreau and Thad Moss.
On defense, I watched Dominic Livingston some today after Ed Orgeron and Rashard Lawrence each praised him in the last 24 hours. He’s listed at 350 pounds on the official roster and Orgeron claims he’s 380 or 390. He looks every bit of that higher weight but he does move nimbly. At 25 or 30 pounds below his current weight he could be scary.
Justin McMillan appeared to continue getting the first reps at quarterback. As I watched LSU’s thinning line appear thinner without Ingram, Hines, and Traore, I wonder how tempting McMillan’s elusiveness is for Steve Ensminger. He’s throwing the ball well. It’s clear he’s tightened his release and he’s always had plenty of zip on this throws. When it comes to a combination of mobility and arm, he may have the best blend of each on the roster. Joe Burrow remains the favorite under center, but he will have to earn it.