The LSU Tigers hit the outdoor practice fields for the day’s only workout Thursday morning with some notable additions and exceptions.
Freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who continues to work his way back from an offseason foot injury, ran extensive routes for the first time with the rest of LSU’s receiving corps.
Landry, who said he broke his foot on the last play of the last day of 7-on-7 drills this summer, worked in shorts and no pads while his teammates practiced in full gear. He appeared to be running at less than full speed but showed no signs of favoring his foot as he hauled in passes from the Tiger quarterbacks, including a nifty one-handed grab on a pass from Zach Mettenberger.
Fellow receiver Russell Shepard, who said at Tuesday’s media day he continues to deal with compliance issues that could impact his eligibility for the season opener with Oregon, again showed good hands in practice. He made a nice pirouette move to haul down a high pass over the middle – and yes, he stuck the landing.
Meanwhile two projected offensive starters, running back Spencer Ware and right guard Will Blackwell were both missing from practice. It’s the second straight session that Blackwell has missed.
According to LSU, Blackwell was receiving treatment but his condition is not believed to be a major concern.
LSU players also said Ware was receiving treatment Thursday morning.
Two other Tigers – starting left offensive tackle Chris Faulk and backup wide receiver Kadron Boone both wore green (non-contact) jerseys as they worked out.
The Tigers will have another two-a-day practice session Friday in advance of a Saturday morning scrimmage in Tiger Stadium, their first of fall camp. LSU players and coaches will then participate in LSU Fan Day activities, Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Carl Maddox Field House.