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Fall practice report, Day 4 (Sunday)

8/5/2012

For the first time in fall camp, there was a unified LSU team at practice Sunday morning.

After three days of split practices -- one with veterans in the morning and the other with newcomers and selected veterans in the afternoon -- the entire team came together Sunday morning. For the first time, we saw reserves gathered together as "scout" teams. And we got to see some impressive youngsters like defensive end Danielle Hunter and linebacker Kwon Alexander work with their more established teammates.

We also saw the first look at the "Big Cat" drill, the one-on-one trench battle that is a staple of LSU camps. Seeing wide receiver James Wright lose his helmet in a collision and wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Corey Thompson get tangled right into the crowd of gathered players and cameras were nice reminders that the physicality of August camp is here.

LSU was still a day away from its first full pad workout Monday morning. On Sunday, the Tigers were in shoulder pads and shorts.

Notably absent Sunday morning was wide receiver Paul Turner, who missed a second straight day. Defensive end Barkevious Mingo remained in a green, non-contact jersey because of an upper arm injury suffered shortly before the start of camp.

With the roster together, it was interesting to see where some of the young players worked. During unit work, the defensive backs broke up into two groups: A veteran group that drilled with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, and a younger group that worked with graduate assistants. Working with the veterans were, along with the starters, safety Ronald Martin, cornerback Jalen Collins, safety Micah Eugene, cornerback Derrick Raymond and cornerback Jalen Mills.

Also notable was that Penn State transfer quarterback Rob Bolden joined starter Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers to work with the receivers while redshirt freshman Jerrard Randall and walk-on Brad Kragthorpe moved with the scouts. When they all worked together, the reps went as follows: Mettenberger, then Rivers, then Bolden, then Randall and Kragthorpe.

The Monday full-pad practice will be the last of five straight before the Tigers take their first day off for August camp Tuesday for Media Day.

Practice resumes for the first of three two-a-day workouts on Wednesday. Where the team was split into separate single practices Thursday-Saturday, on these days the entire team will practice twice in the same day.