Tigers hit practice field; Shepard works out

The LSU football team got fall camp under way Thursday morning as the veterans hit the field for a two-hour workout.

As expected, junior Russell Shepard was among the receivers catching passes from quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Shepard was held out of Southeastern Conference Media Days last month reportedly because of an NCAA compliance issue related to off-campus housing.

Two true freshmen practiced with the veterans — wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., wearing No. 33, and No. 56 Anthony “Freak” Johnson. Johnson enrolled at LSU in January and went through spring practice with the team, but Beckham did not.

T-Bob Hebert rotated with Josh Dworaczyk at left guard running with the first team, leaving the first unit with Chris Faulk at left tackle, Hebert and Dworaczyk at left guard, PJ. Lonergan at center, Will Blackwell at right guard and Alex Hurst at right tackle. Dworaczyk is coming off a knee injury but is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Josh Williford, who hopes to push Blackwell for the starting spot at right guard, did not report with the team Wednesday because of two deaths in the family. He is expected back on campus within a few days.

The newcomers, including quarterbacks Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers, will join selected veterans for their first LSU practice this afternoon.

More to come later.