You can feel that football is in the air. So much so, that this will be my final practice report until the start of the season for the LSU Tigers as they get ready for the Florida State Seminoles next Sunday. Like it has been for the majority of the fall practices, the media got access to the first 30 minutes of practice. Here is what I found out during the time that I was there and also, at the link below, there are some highlights from today’s practice.
When it comes to trying to find out who the starting quarterback would be based on Saturday’s practice, it would be hard to figure out who was QB1 as both Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier both got reps with the first team and second team. An announcement on who the starting quarterback will be heading into the Florida State game could be announced as early as Monday when Coach Kelly meets with the media.
At running back today, Noah Cain and Josh Williams were getting most of the reps going through the warmup session running offensive plays. With John Emery Jr. not being able to suit up the first two games of the season, the coaching staff is preparing for those two running backs along with Armoni Goodwin to get the most of the carries.
The biggest news today at wide receiver was that Malik Nabers was on the sidelines today and did not practice. The good news is that Jack Bech was running routes and looked healthy in the slot with the ones after he was recovering from shin splints for the majority of fall camp. Kayshon Boutte made a couple of great plays against the defense along with Kyren Lacy. Bech, Boutte, Brian Thomas, Jaray Jenkins and Kyren Lacy were all rotating in with the first team. Mason Taylor continued to elevate his stock with another impressive practice today with a couple of catches being made in the passing game. Kole Taylor also got some first team reps at tight end.
Alongside quarterback, a lot of eyes were on the offensive line. The starting five combination that I saw today was Will Campbell at left tackle, Miles Frazier at left guard, Garrett Dellinger at center, Anthony Bradford at right guard, and Cam Wire at right tackle. Coach Kelly stated earlier this week that he wants his offensive line to be big and physical. The interior of Dellinger, Frazier, and Bradford gives Kelly the size and physicality he wants. Also, having an experienced player like Cam Wire gives the group some veteran leadership on the outside. The second team offensive line consisted of Marcus Dumervil at left tackle, Kardell Thomas at left guard, Charles Turner at center, Tre’Mond Shorts at right guard, and Kimo Makane’ole at right tackle. The third team offensive line had Bo Bordelon at left tackle, Emery Jones at left guard, Fitzgerald West at center, Marlon Martinez at right guard, and Xavier Hill at right tackle.
Defensively, Mike Jones Jr. and Greg Penn were the two starting linebackers while Greg Brooks was the starting nickel. Jarrick Bernard Converse and Colby Richardson were the two starting cornerbacks. Major Burns and Jay Ward were the two starting safeties. Mekhi Garner also got some first team reps at cornerback as well.
Linebacker DeMario Tolan, safety Jordan Allen, linebacker Zavier Carter and defensive tackle Bryce Langston did not participate in practice today.
Once again, this is the last practice for the Tigers in front of the media until the season starts so this will be the last practice report of the offseason.
Next up, LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly meets with the media on Monday to kickoff game week.
The LSU Tigers practiced for the last time in front of the media. Check out what Jace captured in Tiger Stadium for 30 minutes of availability as the Tigers get ready for game week. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to subscribe and hit the bell to get notified on when we post every video!