THURSDAY’S WEATHER: 88 degrees and sunny during practice.
SATURDAY’S FORECAST: 80 and partly cloudy during morning practice, 89 with a 30-
percent chance of isolated thunderstorms during
The Tigers resume two-a-day practices Friday, set for 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., in advance of Saturday’s 11 a.m. scrimmage in Tiger Stadium. Practices are closed to the public and media.
WHAT HE’S DONE: A fifth-year senior who moved from defensive end in 2010. Had just one start last year after starting eight games in 2010, but had a career-high seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown at West Virginia, which came after Tyrann Mathieu’s tipped backfield interception which he returned to the 1 just before halftime.
AT HIS BEST: One of LSU’s most experienced players, Clement possesses strong blocking skills and a solid pair of hands, which the Thibodaux native has used in the past to catch alligators.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN: LSU’s tight ends haven’t been utilized as significant offensive weapons in recent years, and Clement and the other tight ends are being asked to take on more of a starring role.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
20 Number of 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon, the only retired number in LSU football history. Cannon was converted from running back to tight end in the pros.
28 Number of catches last season for LSU’s tight ends, for 294 yards and three touchdowns.
289 Total number of SEC wins in LSU football history, which ranks fourth all-time.
“I don’t consider myself really shifty. I’m going to try to run over you instead of shaking you off.”
CLEMENT CALLED IT
One of Clement’s jobs is to serve as one of three upbacks for punter Brad Wing. It was Clement who told Wing he should take off and run on his now infamous fake punt against Florida last season. The fact that Wing was called for a taunting penalty doesn’t erase the delight in the moment for Clement. “He still took it to the house,” Clement said.
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