Two more freshmen join the vets; Two projected starters remain absent
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
- New Blood
If nothing else, the way the roster was divvied up on the first day of split-squad practices served as a reminder of how much more veteran this LSU team is than the ones that proceeded it.
Only two members of the 2016 signing class worked out with the veterans — linebackers Devin White and Michael Divinity — a large departure from the norm in years past.
There were two more rookies out there for the morning session Friday, both on the other side of the ball.
Wide receiver Drake Davis made the switch to the early group, joining Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, D.J. Chark, Derrick Dillon and Russell Gage. Walk-on Jalen Williams wasn’t in the morning group this time, so he’ll presumably swap spots with Davis and go with the underclassmen this afternoon.
Offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell was also with the veteran group this morning, working with the centers and guards. Adrian Magee, who worked out in the morning Thursday, wasn’t.
- Absentee Tracker
Both left tackle Maea Teuhema and outside linebacker Tashawn Bower were absent for the second consecutive practice.
Teuhema, who is dealing with an ankle sprain, is considered “day-to-day” but could be out for as much as a week, Les Miles said Thursday.
Bower, who Miles diagnosed with an otherwise unspecified “nick,” is expected back in the “next couple of days,” Miles said Thursday.
- Go Deep
LSU’s quarterbacks and receivers worked on the deep ball at the tail end of the brief media viewing window — sorry, no video was allowed of the offense — which isn’t particularly noteworthy, aside from a money quote from offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after an underthrown bomb hung up in the air and forced the receiver to stop.
“You’ve got to put some zip in your lip,” Cameron bellowed. “You’ve got to tighten up your stomach, lock you jaw and gun it!”
- One hands, No hands
Even in the midst of a drill, Donte Jackson isn’t shy about getting talkative.
The defensive back group was working retreating to high-pointing overthrow passes, and before his turn, the speedy corner announced he wanted all eyes — and cameras — on him.
“I’ve got the best pair of hands out here,” Jackson yelled. “You guys might want to point those cameras over here.”
The sophomore didn’t disappoint, stopping short on an underthrown ball and jumping up to make a one-handed snag.
Donte Jackson one-hands one: "You thought I was coming back?" #LSU https://t.co/UnW4pdVy59
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) August 5, 2016
Shortly after, Tre’Davious White led the corners through a drill where they work on staying with receivers at the line of scrimmage without use of their hands.
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