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Spring practice report: Day 2

3/3/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU dodged raindrops on its first day of spring practice Friday. On Saturday, rainy conditions forced the Tigers to abandon the outdoors and continue their spring season inside their indoor facility.

Confined to the use of just one field instead of the usual four, the team ran a smaller, more drill-oriented practice in front of the assembled reporters on the sideline.

Here are some musings from practice No. 2:

Route running: The quarterbacks and receivers put in a bit more work together than we got to see yesterday afternoon. From the beginning, Zach Mettenberger and his fellow quarterbacks were working multiple routes with the wideouts, including fades, crossing patterns, outroutes and button hooks.

It's expected to see Russell Shepard, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry getting work with the quarterbacks. One lesser name who stuck out was freshman Paul Turner, who had some good looks. Turner, who redshirted in the fall, showed some impressive footwork in his route running and made some nice grabs.

One of LSU's two new positions coaches is Adam Henry, who is now in charge of the wide receivers after the departure of Billy Gonzales. Henry is a veteran of NFL coaching circles, and that seems to show early on. The Tigers' new hire was riding his wideouts all morning, and spent a good chunk of time bumping and running as a mock cornerback on the routes. That's generally something reserved for other players to do, but Henry is taking a hands-on approach.

Sitting out: Much of what LSU coach Les Miles said Friday night about injuries and precautions proved to be correct Saturday morning. Eric Reid, who Miles said was fine after looking limited in the first practice, was in action Saturday morning with the defensive backs.

Josh Dworaczyk, whose return Miles said he would monitor closely, was the only non-quarterback wearing a green no-contact jersey at practice. Dworaczyk stayed back and watched most of the offensive line work from the sideline.

There was still no sign of cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who should be back from the Maxwell Award ceremonies in Atlantic City, N.J., in time for practice next week.

Similar to Reid yesterday, defensive end Chancey Aghayere dressed out in practice gear but stayed out of drills with his fellow defensive linemen.

Recruits in the building: Being a spring weekend, there were several recruits taking in practice from the sidelines, moving from station to station to watch different positions.

One of them was 2013 defensive end Tevin Lawson, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end from Denham Springs. Lawson holds an offer from LSU, and made the short drive down to watch the defensive line go through its workouts.

Another of the Tigers' visitors came from much farther away. Fehoko Fanaika, a 2012 junior college prospect along the offensive line, made the trip this weekend from the College of San Mateo in northern California to check out practice Saturday. At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, Fanaika stood out even among the Tigers' monstrous offensive linemen.

A note on depth: Because of the condensed space the team didn't go through any exercises as a full offense or defense during the timespan available to the media, so it was hard to get any kind of reading on the depth chart.

However, it's worth noting that the defensive line broke into groups of four during tackling sled drills, which may have given a glimpse at what to expect on the depth chart.

The Tigers' first team not surprisingly featured returning starters Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan. Montgomery's partner in destruction last fall, Barkevious Mingo, worked with the first team as expected after he earned just four starts in 2011.

The second group featured the two young Johnsons -- Anthony and Mickey -- holding the fort at defensive tackle. The end spots were occupied by senior Lavar Edwards and sophomore Jermauria Rasco.