By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
A walk-on lineman dives on top of a spinning football and tries to surround it with his body, only the ball somehow still squirts out. He reaches out to grab it and pull the ball back in toward himself, but it eludes his grasp once more as coaches yell.
Such are the sights of ‘Turnover Wednesday’ at LSU.
Every unit except one spent the drill portion of Wednesday’s practice working on one of the most simple — yet imperative — skills in the game: fall on the ball.
The other unit, LSU’s ‘Buck’ linebackers, were approaching things from the other perspective. They were taking turns running around an imaginary tackle, stripping an imaginary quarterback, scooping the ball up and scoring.
Why is this worth noting: All-American Arden Key was participating, though the edge rusher was sporting a gold non-contact jersey.
Key wasn’t present at the media viewing portion of practice on Monday or Tuesday, the first days reporters were allowed in. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that Key had seen his own doctor and still wasn’t cleared for contact.
Here’s some other notes from Wednesday’s practice:
– Derrius Guice (wisdom teeth), wideout Dee Anderson and linebacker Sci Martin were again absent from practice.
– Offensive linemen Austin Deculus and Donavaughn Campbell were in gold non-contact jerseys. Campbell had been absent from practice the previous two days and has been battling multiple injuries, according to Orgeron.
– Inside linebacker pairings during drills:
Donnie Alexander – Devin White
Jacob Phillips – Jonathan Rucker
Tyler Taylor – Patrick Queen