What to look for on LSU’s last practice day of spring session
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Fun for one age
LSU is opening up its practice session to the fans on Thursday for what will be the final workout of the spring before the Tigers’ spring game on Saturday. For the students, it will be a chance to get onto the field at Tiger Stadium and engage with the players and coaches — and media, if you have low standards — and see first-hand what it’s like to pal around with the football team.
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But it’s also a chance for students to slap on their observation hats and see what they can sleuth out about the team. With that in mind, here’s some advice for what the students should be looking for if they make it out to practice:
- Look at knees, ankles and elbows: What’s the best thing to search for? Injuries. Try to catch a glimpse of which players are wearing braces on their knees, ankles or elbows to see if guys might be working through some treatment.
- Observe friendships: Is one particular quarterback always talking to one specific wide receiver? Are two defensive linemen attached at the hip? That’s chemistry, baby! Figure out which guys are friends, then argue with your friends about how they need to play more.
- Pay attention to hidden talents: If last year was any indication, student day at LSU football practice is all about getting the students involved. That means competitions and games. Like an elementary school field day in a $10 million playground. So look out for defensive backs punting and running backs place-kicking. You might find a player with an obscure talent he’ll be called upon to use in crunch time someday.
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
LSU recruiting news never sleeps. In case you missed anything, here’s the biggest and brightest news from the recruiting world on Wednesday:
- Who are the Tigers’ top targets on the West Coast?
- A recent visit changed a priority recruit’s perception of Baton Rouge
- CB Kelvin Joseph is ready to surprise people
In Derrius Guice news
Former LSU running back Derrius Guice is always in the news. Wednesday was no different, with Guice going on a media tour with just one week remaining until the 2018 NFL Draft. First, he stopped by Good Morning Football on the NFL Network to talk about his life, passions and football:
Don't let the "Ball of Butcher Knives" nickname fool you, @DhaSickest is all smiles at the breakfast table.
— GMFB (@gmfb) April 18, 2018
Later, on a media conference call, ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. argued that a good fit for Derrius Guice will be the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Which I’m sure Guice would be fine with.
Then Guice talked about his past, which is always a fascinating read. Life hasn’t been easy for the running back. But in a week, he’ll start his future. LSU fans everywhere will be rooting him on.
In LSU baseball news
The LSU baseball team dropped a heartbreaker on Wednesday, losing 10-9 to Tulane in New Orleans. The Tigers rallied back from a 7-3 deficit in the last three innings to take a 9-7 lead in the top of the ninth, but Tulane tacked on three runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory.
So what’s next for the Tigers? LSU travels to Columbia, S.C. this weekend to face the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, the third Thursday in April every year is “National High Five Day.” So I guess it’s time to revisit this old ESPN The Magazine story titled “Who invented the high five?”
Because if you’ve never wondered why we decided slapping hands is a good celebration, you and I have lived different lives.
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