BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU got a bit healthier on Tuesday as the Tigers returned to the field for their 11th practice of the spring.
LSU welcomed back senior wide receiver D.J. Chark to the fray after No. 7 missed the past week, including two practices and Saturday’s scrimmage, with a twisted ankle.
From individual drills, it appeared Chark was being eased back into action, but he was on the field reeling in passes from the quarterbacks.
A twisted ankle was not a very serious injury, but it’s encouraging to see Chark return to action — and do so quickly. LSU will have another scrimmage on Thursday but has yet to be determined whether Chark participates. The players have a week-long break beginning this weekend.
Clapp working his way into shape
Starting center Will Clapp was with the team for the third consecutive practice. He re-joined the team last Thursday after rehab from shoulder surgery. However, Clapp was not with the team during individual drills on Tuesday.
Clapp was on a separate practice field doing individual work, which looked to be a method of getting himself back in shape. It appears that LSU is taking a cautionary approach with its top returning interior lineman.
More of Moore
J.D. Moore is one of several Tigers donning yellow jerseys this spring, but on Tuesday he was running routes and catching passes for the first time.
Moore, a senior fullback, had wrist surgery in the offseason. It appears he made progress a month into spring practice.
Three missing from practice
Starting cornerback Donte Jackson again missed practice as he tended to his track responsibilities. In place of Jackson was again Saivion Smith, who got starting reps on the outside opposite of Kevin Toliver.
Smith generated a ton of positive buzz this spring after slimming down and putting added time in the weight room. Corey Raymond spent a good chunk of time working with Smith during individual drills. It appears the sophomore corner is destined for a much larger role this fall.
Also missing was starting safety John Battle and outside linebacker Corey Thompson. It is unknown why either senior was absent from Tuesday’s practice.
Freshman safety Grant Delpit saw added reps in the secondary opposite Ed Paris and worked with Raymond in Battle’s absence. That could be a sign of what’s to come in the two-deep at this juncture in the spring.
The nation’s No. 1 recruit, 2019 4-star weak-side defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, spent the past two days on LSU’s campus for an unofficial visit with the coaching staff. However, Thibodeaux was not on the field for Tuesday’s afternoon practice. By then, the elite pass-rusher had returned to be with his family in Lake Charles, La.
University (La.) offensive lineman Princeton Pines was in attendance taking notice of the LSU practice. He was joined by a handful of his teammates on the visit.