BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football has changed up at least one thing this spring.
“Ooh, what’s this new drill?” former quarterback Danny Etling asked as the Tigers opened their second practice of the spring with defensive backs attempting to rip the ball out of the hands of their offensive counterparts.
“I like this,” noted Etling, who said he hadn’t seen the drill in the last three years. That detail suggests the potential influence of new safeties coach Bill Busch.
Etling was among a handful of former players in attendance at the practice. Wide receiver DJ Chark was there, and former running back Leonard Fournette was unmistakable in a spectacularly shiny gold chain and matching watch. Fournette was there along with his father and son — both of whom also are named Leonard — to watch younger brother Lanard work out with the running backs.
Lanard, a junior, opens camp as LSU’s No. 3 running back behind Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Observations from LSU spring practice on March 13
- LSU practiced outdoors for the first time this spring. The Tigers were forced inside during their opening practice Sunday because of torrential rain.
- The Tigers aren’t in full pads. The team practiced in shells — helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
- Sophomore safety Grant Delpit was the most notable missing Tigers player during the portion of practice open to media. LSU staff members said Delpit participated in drills prior to the media window.
- The offensive line was split up in interesting fashion. Tackles worked with the tight ends and fullbacks, while guards and centers worked together on a separate field. New offensive line coach James Cregg worked with the interior linemen, while graduate assistant John Decoster worked with the tackles and tight ends.
- If you’re looking for insight into the quarterback competition, you’re not going to find it anytime soon. The quarterbacks threw to each other during the open media window. But if you’re wondering, Myles Brennan has good hands.
- The Tuesday video highlight: Redshirt freshman nose tackle Tyler Shelvin working against Glen Logan. Logan and Shelvin are LSU’s top two defensive tackles now as Ed Alexander sits out with an injury.
Big Tyler Shelvin works against Glen Logan pic.twitter.com/DYNqPoehay
— Alex Hickey (@bigahickey) March 13, 2018