For today’s LSU practice report, everybody’s initial focus was to see if Denver Harris would return to practice and for the second straight day, the former five star from Texas A&M was once again absent. With Harris being absent from the team picture, head coach Brian Kelly plans on meeting with the media to give an update on the status of Denver Harris.
In the meantime, I am going to discuss which was a good day for the wide receivers, especially if your name is Malik Nabers. After leading the SEC in receptions last season, Nabers continues to show why he is highly regarded as one of the best in the league. Today, Nabers caught everything thrown out to him including two touchdowns and a circus catch down the deep right sideline.
The passing offense was much more aggressive in today’s 7v7 and 11v11 as Jayden Daniels took a couple of deep shots including big connections to Brian Thomas Jr. and Kyren Lacy. Both were pretty deep balls by Daniels.
Nabers, Thomas, and Lacy continue to make big plays, but the next receiver that had a nice outing during the sessions was five-star freshman Jalen Brown, who had back-to-back catches from Garrett Nussmeier, but perhaps the best play of the day goes to Ka’Morreun Pimpton, who continues to show incredible hands as he mossed safety Jordan Allen, who happened to be in good coverage, but Pimpton used his 6’6 frame to wrestle the ball away from Allen. Every time that I have seen him get targeted whether it is 7v7 or 11v11, he comes down with the ball every single time.
The offense made some big plays, but the defense has improved each and every day we see the sessions. The communication has been better in practice and it shows on the field. There were a couple of plays made by the defense. Laterrance Welch had a nice pass breakup on Jalen Brown. Andre Sam had a pass breakup on Kyren Lacy, and Greg Brooks gave Brian Thomas Jr. a nice hit over the middle, which forced the ball to pop up in the air. Brooks had a good day back as he returned full-time with the team.
Up front, Bradyn Swinson had his best day during fall camp by getting to the Tigers quarterbacks. The Oregon transfer got a lot of first team reps today and took advantage of the opportunities with the increased amount of reps.
It is interesting to note that we are starting to see some of Harold Perkins’ versatility showing up as he lined up on the edge majority of the time during 11v11 after seeing him a lot at middle linebacker. Major Burns and Sage Ryan are also getting reps at different spots as Burns is lining up as a box safety while Ryan got some looks at outside cornerback. Duce Chestnut and Zy Alexander are getting reps with the 1s while Laterrance Welch and Ashton Stamps are getting reps with the 2s.
Although limited, it looks like Maason Smith is getting back to participating in practice full-time pretty soon as he was fluid and moved really well in the drills during practice such as the video below. It is good to see big #0 moving good after having an injury scare in practice on Saturday.
There was also some limitation at the running back position with Josh Williams, Logan Diggs, and Armoni Goodwin being off to the side for the second straight day. With that being said, it allowed for Noah Cain, Tre Bradford, and the two freshmen to get more carries during practice.
Finally, on the offensive line, Miles Frazier inserted himself back into the starting five on the offensive line while Mason Lunsford and Marlon Martinez are being rotated as potential swing players and next guys up on the offensive line. Lance Heard and Bo Bordelon are the two tackles on the second team.
There will be another LSU practice report tomorrow as the media will have access two more times for fall camp.
LSU players Garrett Nussmeier, Duce Chestnut, Greg Penn, and Jay Bramblett met with the media today.
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