BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday.
"They've had a great summer," head Coach Les Miles told a packed room of reporters. "Our team here, has really exceeded expectations in the summer time. We find our defensive line, offensive line, different groups, different days are doing two-a-days on their own."
Everyone will have their eyes on the quarterback battle between junior incumbent Anthony Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris. Jennings just recently returned to the team after no formal charges were filed against him involving an unauthorized entry arrest. Harris had been working with the receivers and team exclusively for roughly a month, while Jennings was separated from the squad due to his suspension.
"I certainly think [Harris] got more reps by far. How much ground he made up, I'm not certain. It'll be something we look at when we get them in camp. It's something we'll evaluate early and late," Miles said.
Miles raised some eyebrows when he revealed departed defensive end Maquedius Bain was never reinstated to the team. Bain had been arrested in the same incident Jennings had been involved in on June 18, but there were also no formal charges brought against him. This week Bain decided to leave LSU for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.
Miles' words for sophomore running back and rising star Leonard Fournette were much more positive.
"He's a great teammate. He's humble, he puts others in front of him. He recognizes his mistakes and works to improve on his game. He's not afraid of being a leader," said Miles. "So many times young guys [say] 'I want to be a great player, but I don't want the responsibility of leadership.' It takes energy. And it takes energy to do the right things. And it takes energy to stand for doing the right things. He's got all that."
Miles joked that despite wearing red, Fournette did an outstanding job at SEC Media Days in mid-July.
"He represented us extremely well. Very humble and articulate and bright. Just what you wanted," said Miles.
Practice begins Thursday, with veterans hitting the field at 9:35 a.m. and freshmen and selected veterans taking the field at 3:50 p.m. LSU players will be available for interviews on Thursday.
The Tigers will hold their first scheduled scrimmage on Saturday, August 15.
Fan Day is set for Sunday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Basketball Practice Facility/Maddox Field House.
LSU will start the season by hosting the McNeese State Cowboys in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.