BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For the first time LSU football let students come watch a spring practice.
Hundreds of eager LSU students, 400 to be exact, showed up to see their tigers take the field for the first time since the heart-breaking end to last season
"I know that that hurt, it still hurts me a lot, but I think they're gonna remember that. And I think they remember that each practice, and I think it's only gonna help us this season," said sophomore Taylor Erickson.
Everyone was anxious to see what adjustments the team has made for this year.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing Zach Mettenberger and how he throws the football cause that's all we've heard is that he's a big time quarterback with a big arm," said senior Nick Casten. "After a lack of passing game last year, I'm ready to see a little action with the passing game."
After some quick house rules and instruction, the students lined up around the field to get a sneak peak of what to expect at that first game.
And between plays, fans got chatted with Coach Les Miles on the sideline. Coach Miles also gave his feedback on a few fans that took a whirl at some field drills after practice ended.
"Getting to know him personally is kinda cool, as well. He put some interest in us and made us feel good as a student group to make us keep doing what we're doing," said senior Matthew Clark.
After getting VIP seats on the sidelines at practice, the team and staff met with fans--taking pictures and signing autographs. Overall, the day left fans feeling much better about what's to come from the tigers this year.
"It's more of a big fan, so I just want to come out here. And this is the first time they've had a practice open to students so we get to go out there and see what they do every day," said Casten.
"I'm feeling very confident. You know I saw some stuff I liked. Some stuff I wasn't expecting which is a good thing because we have a lot of different looks now and with a lot of more options for us to go on offense," said Clark.
Don't forget that you can see the tigers this Saturday at the LSU spring football. Kickoff is at 12:30.