Sunday marked Day 4 of LSU training camp, and the last day you'll see any kind of on-field reports, as practice is officially closed. So that also likely means no Big Cat Drill videos, unless the Sports Information Department puts one out themselves. I'm sure you'll see a little bit of grousing, but don't let them fool you -- most of the beat guys don't like standing around in the heat for 20 minutes anyway.
Still, I made it out on Sunday and talked to a couple of the #beatbros, and here are some thoughts:
- Tashawn Bower missed both sessions on Sunday. There was some talk of it being heat-related, and while that would be no shock because it was pretty intense this weekend, there's no confirmation of that. Seone Teuhema moved up to the morning practice in his place on Sunday.
- Brandon Harris continues to work with the "first" unit in as much as we've been able to see. In fact, per some reports, and this Scott Rabalais column, Jennings didn't even throw many passes on Saturday during the open session. I would still back off of attaching too much meaning to anything we see right now, but it certainly backs up the idea that Harris is being given every opportunity to make this job his.
- There isn't much to see in the second sessions. Most of the big-name freshmen are all in the morning, and there just isn't much action, so to speak, from the ones there like Derrius Guice, etc...But you do get to look at the young offensive lineman, and they certainly pass the eyeball test. Big, thick looking group and very few look sloppy. Chidi Valentine-Okeke is long and lean, working at left tackle with Maea Teuhema at right. Toby Weathersby has been at guard some as well.
- Tyron Johnson has moved up to the morning group, which is interesting given some of the talk surrounding his workouts. One thing you see a lot with him is that he leaves his feet a LOT to catch the ball. And on the one hand, it leads to him making some impressive catches, he kind of does it at unnecessary moments, which really isn't always the best idea in a game situation. Can really leave one vulnerable.
- As we've mentioned in comments, the competition for those final receiver spots is really, really tight. Guys like Trey Quinn, John Diarse, D.J. Chark and freshmen like Johnson are going to be fighting for a relatively small percentage of passes when you factor in Dural/Dupre entrenched in the X & Z positions, plus backs and tight ends. Dandy Don had a report from Saturday that indicated that Quinn had a recent change in contact lenses to address a vision problem. Interesting to see if maybe that helps him get over his drop issues from last year.
- Tiger Rag killed it this week with a pair of fantastic profiles on Malachi Dupre and Jamal Adams. Cody Worsham, in particular, did a great job of bringing up Dupre's somewhat eclectic personality.
- Speaking of receivers, Diarse talks about coming back to Earth a bit last season after his big-play debut versus Wisconsin.
- Depth problems on the defensive line? Yes and no. But I know this much -- pass-rush is the big focus.
- Will Clapp is settling in at center.
- Blitz work from the defensive backs.
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