Rookies go indoors for first workout; Russell stops by to watch

The afternoon session of LSU’s first day of fall camp offered a look at three quarterbacks who hope to make waves in Tiger Stadium someday down the road and one who already has.

Junior-college transfer Zach Mettenberger and true freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall as LSU’s newcomers and select veterans moved indoors to escape the heat. JaMarcus Russell, the first pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, stopped by to visit with his old coach and obverse the youngsters at work.

Most of LSU’s veterans, along with freshmen Anthony “Freak” Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr., worked outdoors in the morning.

Mettenberger (6-foot-5) and Rivers (6-7) were as hard to miss as Russell as the tall, strong-armed passers dropped back to pass. Most of their throws were crisp and on the mark, but the young receivers weren’t as impressive. Many balls went in and out of the hands of intended targets.

The routine begins again Friday with the veterans working at 9:25 a.m. followed by the rookies in the afternoon.