The LSU Tigers can only hope to be as big of a hit on the field this fall as their “Harlem Shake” video is on the internet right now.
The Tigers took time out after Saturday’s practice to record a one-minute video, complete with coach Les Miles displaying his moves — such as they are.
“He did all right for about an 80-year-old,” said offensive lineman Trai Turner, who helped get the video started by playing the role of a player squaring off after a Big Cat drill between Ego Ferguson and La’El Collins.
“He’s a fun coach,” Turner said of Miles. “We had a good practice Saturday and ended the week well, and that set the tone for when we came back (Tuesday).”
Though players enjoyed it, the required multiple takes were taxing.
“I was so tired,” wide receiver Kadron Boone said.
“I’ve watched it three times, and I laugh every time.”
Turner said he thought almost all the Tigers took part, including quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who can be seen in the back in his No. 8 jersey displaying his Elvis Presley-like hip gyrations.
“My grandmother was a huge Elvis Presley fan,” Mettenberger said. “I’ve watched some of his movies and some of his moves.”
The video had more than 215,000 hits as of Tuesday evening.
The Tigers donned full gear Tuesday for the first time this spring as the team practiced under warm, sunny skies.
Senior strong safety Craig Loston was not observed at practice Tuesday.
But center Elliott Porter — the projected starter this season — did practice for the first time after missing LSU’s first three sessions with an unspecified injury.
“We had a couple of guys who had never played center,” Mettenberger said. “(Freshman) Ethan Pocic had never made a snap in his life. We had (senior Josh) Williford back there. It’s a blessing to have Elliott back.”
“Now that we have Elliott back, we have a feel for how things could be” on the offensive line, Turner said.
Linebacker corps settling?
There was talk of Lamin Barrow making an experimental move from weakside to middle linebacker this spring, but Barrow said through four practices that hasn’t happened.
Barrow continues to play on the weakside, where he had 104 tackles last season, backed up by Deion Jones and Lorenzo Phillips.
D.J. Welter has been holding on to the middle linebacker spot so far, with Lamar Louis and Trey Granier behind him.
At strongside linebacker, Tahj Jones has reclaimed the spot he had before being declared academically ineligible most of last season, backed up by Kwon Alexander.
Austin knows no limits
Turner had praise for his fellow offensive linemen like Pocic, Collins, junior college transfer Fehoko Fanaika, and Jonah Austin, a sophomore from St. Augustine who didn’t letter last season.
“Jonah Austin is a name to watch,” Turner said. “He’s fighting for a spot. We’re just trying to make our offensive line better.”
Racing the calendar
The Tigers will take Wednesday off before returning to practice Thursday. LSU is scheduled to hold its first of three spring scrimmages Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
Mettenberger didn’t hesitate when asked if he though LSU’s offense under new coordinator Cam Cameron would be fully installed by the April 20 Spring Game.
“It’s a process,” Mettenberger said. “Are we going to be where we would like to be by the end of spring ball? Probably not.
“But implementing a new offense takes more than 15 practices.”