LSU Notebook for August 12, 2011

Show caption
/

Recovering WR Landry getting more involved

Freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry saw his most extensive action yet in fall practice, running routes with his teammates Thursday morning during LSU’s lone practice session.

Landry, who broke his foot this summer on the last play of the last day of 7-on-7 drills, worked a little less than full speed and usually ran straight ahead, once making a nifty one-handed grab of a high pass from Zach Mettenberger.

The rest of the Tigers practiced in full gear. Two projected starters were missing while receiving treatment for unspecified injuries — tailback Spencer Ware and right guard Will Blackwell — though neither was considered serious.

The Tigers resume two-a-days tomorrow before a scrimmage Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

Fordham leaves team

LSU players confirmed that center Cameron Fordham, a redshirt freshman from Duluth, Ga., has left the team.

“I think he really just wanted to get home,” starting center P.J. Lonergan said. “I know he’s from Georgia, and I know he had missed it. I just think that he didn’t see himself getting to where he wanted to be and was just tired of not being home.”

Despite Fordham’s departure, LSU still has plenty of depth at center with senior T-Bob Hebert and sophomore Ben Domingue behind the junior Lonergan.

Lonergan said freshmen Trai Turner and Elliott Porter, a transfer from Kentucky, are also working there.

“I think you can look for some young guys to step up and really come along at that position,” Lonergan said.

Heated rivalry

It may be just a preseason game Friday night between the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, but a win by San Francisco could mean some relief for strong safety Brandon Taylor and tailback Jakhari Gore.

Brandon’s brother Curtis, a former LSU defensive back (2005-08) and Gore’s cousin Frank, also a running back, both play for the 49ers.

Taylor and Gore are trying to pull for family, but it’s tough with a locker room full of Saints fans.

“We’ve got a lot of people hating on us,” Taylor said. “We told them that they have to win, because we’re going to get a lot of heat here if they don’t.”