BATON ROUGE, La. — He’s baaaaack.
Kendell Beckwith returned to practice for the second consecutive session on Thursday after missing six practices over the course of about a month because of a left knee injury.
However, LSU’s standout middle linebacker is not quite at full strength. He called himself “a strong 80 percent,” and admitted that he’s playing catch-up at this point in the spring.
“I’m still getting the rust off,” Beckwith said. “It’s always good to get out there. It’s a big difference than sitting in the film room, writing notes than actually doing it … I’m still working my way back to full speed. I don’t know (how long it will be), but I don’t have too many days left in the spring, so hopefully not too long.”
Freshman enrollee Devin White, a former four-star recruit, took Beckwith’s place in the lineup in recent weeks. But Beckwith has watched closely as he tries to not only improve upon his own game entering his senior season, but also grasp new coordinator Dave Aranda’s defense.
The road has been troubling at times, but Beckwith did as much as he could in the film room to try and make a smooth transition back.
“There’s always room for improvement, so I feel like I missed out on time,” Beckwith said. “I missed a couple of weeks, and I wouldn’t say it hurt me, but it’s time I could have been getting better. I still feel like I’m a step behind.
“I made sure that I was keeping up with everything. I was keeping up with everything, got a good understand of it meant, but it’s different than actually doing it. But it’s good to be back.”
One source of motivation for the linebacker was the sheer boredom of not being on the practice field.
Multiple weeks of sitting indoors, staring at the clock took its toll on Beckwith, who is now relishing his chance to again be outdoors and reunited with his teammates.
And, of course, playing football.
“It was so boring,” a smiling Beckwith said. “Sitting in the training room and just waiting for practice to end. I’d rather be out there, sweating, working with them guys than sitting in there. It’s so boring, so you want to get better as soon as possible.”