LSU AM Report: Contact heavy drills, missing players headline Day 1 of full pads

Scene setting

- LSU began Day 5 of fall camp with a morning practice on Friday, the first full-pad and full squad practice. The Tigers had been splitting up practices – half of the team in the afternoon and half in the morning.

Observations

- Contact heavy: As expected, Friday’s first practice in full pads was full of crunching, mashing and bashing. LSU’s fan-favorite drill, Big Cat, made its return for the second straight day, and the Tigers also went through one-on-one goal-line tackling drills. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette participated in the goal-line drill, going up against freshman defensive back Devin Voorhies. Coach Les Miles barked out Fournette’s name, and players circling the drill let out some ooohs. Voorhies ran Fournette toward the sideline, keeping him from crossing an imaginary goal line.

- Absent: Several freshmen and marquee players were not at practice. They included center Elliott Porter, defensive tackle Quentin Thomas, cornerback Rashard Robinson and two freshmen, linebacker Clifton Garrett and receiver Malachi Dupre. A school spokesman did not have an immediate comment on their absence. Thomas also missed Thursday morning’s drills.

- Scout watch: A handful of NFL scouts were on hand for the first day of drills in full pads. Many of them were watching LSU’s secondary and defensive line.

- Bootless: LSU backup quarterback Jared Foster was at practice without a boot on his left foot/ankle. He did not practice, however. He was seen in a walking boot at Wednesday’s practice. He has a “minor” injury, a team spokesman said.

Next up

LSU will conduct its first day of two-a-days Saturday, kicking off drills with a morning practice at about 8:50 a.m. Afternoon drills are set for about 4 p.m.

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