The players were dressed in full pads for the first time today. There were no notable absences from practice. Charles Alexander was not in pads but did participate in practice. Darry Beckwith was in pads and participating fully after sitting out Saturday. Jacob Cutrera was once again not participating. Ricky Jean Francois was observing practice in street clothes.
At quarterback, Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee rotated as the #1 again. Lee was more accurate than Hatch in the time the media was allowed in practice, and drew a lot of praise from Coach Crowton and Coach McCarthy for the throws he was making.
The wide receivers actually split into positions today and ran a variety of routes. The order for the X receivers in the drills was Demetrius Byrd, Ricky Dixon and Chris Mitchell. The Z receivers were Brandon LaFell, Jared Mitchell, RJ Jackson, and Terrance Toliver. All the receivers looked in mid-season form in terms of running routes and catching balls.
Jared Mitchell in particular received praise often from Coach McCarthy. After running routes they worked on blocking drills. The walk-on receivers were having a tough time blocking the scholarship guys, but Brandon Lafell made it a point to work with his man each time after they went and give him some tips. Lafell also made a very nice catch during drills when he reached back on a poorly thrown ball and snatched it out of the air with one hand.
The order for the running backs going through drills was Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, Richard Murphy, and Stevan Ridley. Ridley has been working exclusively at tailback thus far in the spring.
The defensive line spent a lot of time working on using their hands to shed blocks and setting up the offensive lineman for a move. As I said earlier Charles Alexander was participating fully in drills, and he didn’t seem to be bothered or hindered at all by his knee.
There were a number of observers at today’s practice, most of which included coaches from other schools. 2008 signees Deangelo Peterson and Lavar Edwards were also in attendance, as well as LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri.
That’s all for today’s practice. We’ll be back again tomorrow evening with a report on Tuesday’s practice.