Senior RB could be back for Saturday game; team watches students run drills
LSU running back Terrence Magee was hampered by a sprained ankle midway through spring practice but may be well enough to participate in Saturday’s spring game, coach Les Miles said Thursday.
“He practiced (Thursday) and practiced Tuesday,” Miles said. “He might get a chance. If he’s feeling fresh, we’d love to give him a chance.”
Graduated seniors, early departures for the NFL and spring injuries have thinned the Tigers’ ranks for Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
Asked if he was concerned by the lack of available players, Miles said: “That’s always a concern. I think we’ll be fine. We just have to make sure we stay healthy during the game.”
Football being the serious sport it is, there are few moments for levity of any kind.
Thursday, though, was one of those rare times.
In what has become an annual rite of the end of spring practice, LSU students were invited to attend practice and participate in skill drills inside the high, wooden walls of the LSU practice facility few students or other outsiders ever get to see.
“It was a great day,” Miles said. “We were going to get a little done and have some fun, and that’s what we did.”
Miles said he told his players to tweet about Thursday’s practice session and make announcements in their classes to invite students to attend.
“That’s the spirit of college,” Miles said. “Inviting the students out today gives them the opportunity to say, ‘Oh, that’s what they go through.’ ”
The Tigers practiced in shoulder pads and shorts, then watched as students took the field.
The highlight: an obstacle course run in which one female student fell attempting to hip-check a fellow female student before the finish line.
“There was some bad technique out there,” said Miles, who “officiated” the event. “(But) the gal who won looked like she could really fly.”
Spring game radio
Saturday’s spring game will be heard on several LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates: WBRP-FM 107.3 in Baton Rouge, WWL-AM 870 in New Orleans, KLWB-FM 103.7 in Lafayette/Opelousas and KWKH-AM 1130 in Shreveport.
The game will also be on Sirius Channel 93 and XM Channel 199 and on Spanish-speaking radio (KDDK-FM 105.5 in Baton Rouge, KGLA-FM 105.7 and KGLA-AM 1540 in New Orleans).
The game will not be televised.
In a rarity for LSU spring practice, the Tigers will have a helmet-less practice date Tuesday after the spring game.
LSU will have used just 14 of its 15 allowable spring practice dates through Saturday. The Tigers missed their first scheduled spring practice session so members of the LSU coaching staff could attend the funeral of former West Monroe coach Don Shows after he died March 3.
“Monday we’re going to watch film and Tuesday we will have a practice that will allow us to really school our guys on what we want them to do through the summer,” Miles said.
“We’re going to bring them in and say, ‘Here’s the individual work you’re going to do. Here’s where the offensive line and defensive line get together. This is when the running backs and secondary go over here and we run 7-on-7. We want to run this route; we want to develop this scheme.’ ”
No comment on Allen
Miles declined comment on the status of senior defensive end Jordan Allen in the wake of a report by Tiger Rag that he is seeking a transfer.
Allen was not at practice again Thursday and isn’t expected to participate in the spring game.
A fifth-year senior, Allen would have to enroll in graduate school to play for LSU this fall, according to the report. However, Allen was unable to get into the grad school program he was pursuing.