AM Report: Big Cat debuts; Cameron implements more quarterback run-option

Scene setting

LSU began Day 4 of fall camp with a morning practice on Thursday. Mostly veterans and starters went through drills this morning.

Observations

Big Cat: LSU’s fan-favorite contact drill made its fall camp debut – at least to reporters – on Thursday. The Big Cat drill was in full go. The drill pits an offensive and defensive player. They hit on coach Les Miles’ whistle, each trying to drive the other back. The most rowdy matchup might have been a pair of freshmen: safety Jamal Adams against receiver Malachi Dupre. Adams won. Other duels included freshman Sione Teuhema against offensive lineman Jonah Austin, receiver John Diarse and cornerback Jalen Mills.

New offense: Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron continues to implement more run-pass options for freshman quarterback Brandon Harris, an expected change from LSU’s offense from the last two seasons. Harris was seen running various read-option plays, including an interesting wrinkle. Harris kept the ball, ran about five yards up field and then threw a 15-yard lateral to Diarse, who was near the sideline. Harris and Jake Clise were the quarterbacks during Thursday morning’s drills. “Watch Harris!” Cameron yelled at the rookie while Clise practiced the drill.

New group: Running back Leonard Fournette and starter Terrence Magee did not practice in morning drills as they had Wednesday. Instead, senior Kenny Hilliard practiced with a group of backs that included fullback Connor Neighbors. Fournette and Magee are likely to practice Thursday afternoon.

Next up

The other half of the team will practice in the afternoon Thursday. Practice time is set for 3:45 p.m. This is the last day of split-squad practices. The entire team will practice in full pads Friday.

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