iPads make football easier for LSU players

The LSU football players are finding it much more convenient to study film during preseason camp.

They’ve all been given iPads on which they can access virtually everything they need to study in preparation for each practice.

Linebacker Lamar Louis sat down for an interview just minutes after practice recently, knowing the video of the workout would be waiting for him when he got finished.

“We just finished practice so it’s probably already uploaded on our iPad,” Louis said. “So we get to look at practice and we already know what coach is going to tell us before our meeting. We’re prepared before we even enter (the football operations building).

“It’s a very big help, especially for the linebackers. It gives us a chance to read all the different blitzes we have to pick up.”

Fullback J.C. Copeland marveled at how easy it is to access so much important information.

“It updates automatically and it has everything you need — the scripts, the new install, the game plan, the video from the practice the day before and that day,” Copeland said. “I can watch my cut-ups. As long as I have Wi-Fi, I have it all in the palm of my hand.”

TCU has Tigers’ attention

Two years ago LSU was focused every day of preseason camp on its season-opening game against No. 3 Oregon and it showed in an impressive 40-27 victory.

Last season the Tigers’ opening opponent — North Texas — was far less of an attention-getter. Though LSU won decisively (41-14), that first performance was much more sloppy than the one they opened with in 2011.

This year is more like two years ago as the Tigers’ opening opponent is again ranked — No. 20 TCU.

“We’re not in position to have a developmental game,” coach Les Miles said. “You have to have scrimmages in your camp. You have to put yourself in position to compete and be ready to play a quality opponent to start your season.”

Tight ends more versatile

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger said he’s expecting to throw a lot more passes to the tight ends in first-year coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense.

Last season three tight ends caught a combined 16 passes as the position was used primarily for blocking.

“You can have blocking tight ends and you can have receiving tight ends,” Mettenberger said, “but you really need to have a guy who can do both, and right now all of our guys have shown that they can block really well and catch the ball down the field.”

Dillon Gordon said Cameron let the group know of the change right away.

“The first day he told us we were going to be an important part of the offense,” Gordon said. “Since Day 1, we have been on the field almost nonstop. We rarely come out, except when we have four or five wideouts.”

Mills over his old look

Cornerback Jalen Mills has shed the dreadlocks he wore last year, saying he has “gotten over” what was fashionable in high school. He unveiled his closely cropped hair to some teammates as they were playing a pick-up basketball game.

“I said, ‘I’m up next’ and they said, ‘who’s that?’ ” Mills recalled Friday night. “I said, ‘ya’ll don’t remember me?’ ”