BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU football team practiced as a full squad for the first time Saturday morning on "The Ponderosa."
After splitting the team up the first two days of practice, the freshmen were blended with the veterans. Head coach Les Miles said the Tigers will wear helmets and shoulder pads again for practice Sunday, before wearing full pads for the first time Monday.
"We'll bring the intensity to them, more than bringing them to the intensity," Miles said.
He was talking about getting those young freshman acclimated to practice.
As usual, Mother Nature packed her own intense punch. Temperatures and humidity once again soared…and the sweat poured.
LSU is certainly far away from releasing a depth chart of any kind. And, just because the players run drills in a certain order doesn't mean that is the order they will receive playing. But, for what it's worth, this is the running back sequence at practice.
#11 – Spencer Ware, 5'11, 223 LB, Sophomore
#4 – Alfred Blue, 6'2, 215 LB, Sophomore
#42 – Michael Ford, 5'10, 215 LB, Sophomore
#3 – Jakhari Gore, 5'9, 166 LB, Redshirt-Freshman
#27 – Kenny Hilliard, 5'11, 240 LB, Freshman
"He may need to trim up a little bit. Two-a-days should give him the chance to do that," Miles said of Hilliard.
Miles continued to reiterate not much was changing with LSU's new offensive coordinator situation, "with the exception of play-calling." Those duties now fall onto offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, as newly hired offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe had to relinquish those duties after recently being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
When asked if Studrawa would be receiving a raise because of his increased responsibilities, Miles said, "That's necessarily a key issue at this point. But, he will. An adjustment in salary will take place."
True freshman Anthony Johnson deserves every bit of his nickname "Freak," standing at 6'3" and weighing a mammoth 310 pounds. the true freshman from OP Walker High School in New Orleans certainly looks very intimidating in his #56 jersey. But, Miles also shared that Johnson has a softer side.
During some fun team time during the evening, which Miles called either "Camp Club" or "Club Camp," Johnson showcased another talent. Miles said Johnson, along with sophomore offensive tackle Chris Davenport sang an R&B tune for the rest of the team. The name of the song was not given by Miles. I personally think Chic's "Le Freak" should've been the choice.
"It was done extremely well. He (Johnson) has an amazing voice. He's more than capable of singing the national anthem," Miles added.
Miles also said he wished Johnson would have sang "Amazing Grace," because, "His 'Amazing Grace' is off the charts." When asked if he'll ever get the opportunity to sing the national anthem, Miles added,"At this point, we'd like to see him sing the alma matter. We'd like to see him do that a few times this fall."
LSU, of course, sings the alma matter on the field as a team after each Tiger victory.