Fall Camp Report: Day Two

This time last year, Jerry Sullivan was an analyst who had to filter his technical expertise through other coaches who would then impart the wisdom to players. Analysts aren’t able to even speak to players about anything football related, per NCAA rules.

Now a full-fledged assistant coach, the long-time NFL wide receivers coach is spending his August drilling LSU’s large assembly of unproven-yet-talented pass catchers on the finer points of route running.

And as those receivers have found through two days of practice, Sullivan is far more concerned about proper technique than he is about the results.

“He’s a technician. He teach and preach technique,” wideout Jonathan Giles said earlier Sunday. “You can make a one-handed catch and score a touchdown, but if the technique isn’t right, he’s not going to be happy. That’s a big emphasis on this fall camp.”

Here Sullivan can be seen stopping individual drills in order to school the entire position group on how to properly get out of the top of the route. Be forewarned, he’s quite technical and detail-oriented.

DOUBLE DUTY

LSU doesn’t have a dedicated tight ends coach on the staff this season — as you may have heard, the old one was promoted to offensive coordinator this past offseason — so the position group does a bit of moving around during the media viewing portion of fall camp practices.

They start off working with the offensive line on blocking drills under the direction of new assistant James Cregg. Then about halfway through the individual period, they go and join the receivers and running backs in catching passes from the quarterback under Steve Ensminger’s watchful eye.

PERSONNEL NUGGETS

  • These were the pairings as LSU’s inside linebackers went through individual drills with Dave Aranda:
  1. Devin White and Jacob Phillips
  2. Patrick Queen and Tyler Taylor
  3. Damone Clark and Micah Baskerville
  •  It was only individual drills, but here’s how the first- and second-team cornerback pairings lined up during a drill working on intercepting overthrown passes and setting up a return:
  1. Greedy Williams and Kary Vincent Jr.
  2. Jontre Kirklin and Kristian Fulton

ADDITIONAL VIDEOS

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James Moran was named Editor of Tiger Rag in August 2018. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He covers LSU football and baseball and is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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