Tigers drop their fair share in the afternoon

Published: Aug. 12, 2011 at 9:32 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For a somewhat green receiving corps with plenty to prove, the LSU Tigers seemed to drop too many passes during the team's afternoon individual drills.

With no defense and the receivers strictly running routes with the quarterbacks, Kadron Boone dropped a pass fired right into the gut.

The proven veteran of the bunch, Reuben Randle wasn't without fault either, also losing grip on a dart straight into his hands. Other passes which weren't exactly easy to snag, but at the same time not all that difficult either, hit the ground. And that's a bit unsettling.

Ironically two of the incoming freshman appear to have the most consistent hands. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are both extremely smooth and don't drop passes very often. Beckham in particular passes the eye test with flying colors. Landry has certainly gotten into the habit of making one-handed snags in these drills, which could be a good or bad thing.

At the same time, actually catching the football isn't always the major emphasis in these drills, as silly as that sounds. Passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales continues to stress the importance of accurate routes and precise footwork.

The receivers are likewise concentrating so hard on that aspect, that it often throws off their timing and thought process catching the pigskin. LSU still has over three weeks to develop the perfect marriage between sharp routes and equally refined receiving.

So dropping a few passes in the LSU indoor complex on August 12th is no big deal.

Or is it?

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