By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU came out throwing to begin the first practice of the spring.
And if Les Miles’ post-practice comments are to believed, that’s going to be the rule, not the exception, as the 15-practice spring season wears on and the combo of Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron — newly inked to a reported three-year deal — institute a conscious effort to improve throwing the football.
“We’re headed toward the opportunity to throw the football better,” Miles began.
The concerted effort toward improving the passing game consists of dedicated practice segments, increased focus in the meeting rooms and scouting opponents who Miles says ‘throw the ball really well.’
“I think everyone would realize comfortably we need to execute the passing game a little more efficiently,” Miles said.
During the open portion of Monday afternoon’s practice, incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Harris and Perdue transfer Danny Etling went through handoff drills and threw passes to receivers and tight ends. Anthony Jennings wasn’t out on the field while the media was allowed in.
Asked about the degree of separation between Harris and Etling for the potential starting gig, Miles didn’t offer much of an answer.
“I don’t know,” he said flatly. “There’s some competition, certainly … Today’s format was more to teach.”
NEWS AND NOTES
– Asked about early enrollee Devin White’s move to linebacker, Miles said the coaches went around the room and voted, but mentioned the rookie texted him asking to start out on defense, feeling defense presented a quicker path to the field. “That might be true,” Miles said.
– Miles said sophomore offensive lineman Maea Teuhema, who started at right guard last season, will work at left tackle in the coming practices. Toby Weathersby, who is said has “done a good job,” will work at right tackle.
– Asked about absentees Jennings and Derrius Guice, Miles estimated 10-to-12 players missed practice due to either 1) injuries or 2) issues “academic in nature.” Concluded it was “nothing significant.”
– LSU practiced in just helmets Monday. Miles said the team will put on shoulder pads for Thursday, which “will look and sound like football.”
– Miles declined comment on the new contract for Cameron nor the report that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was given the title of recruiting coordinator.
– Miles closed his presser reflecting on him and Cameron recruiting Peyton Manning when the two were coaching at Michigan. “We’ll miss No. 18. They don’t come by like that often, I’ll tell ya.”