LSU practice recap, Day 2: Brandon Harris running with 1st team; Les Miles keeps watchful eye on QBs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Brandon Harris (6) hands off to running back Leonard Fournette (7), as fullback John David Moore (46) moves into position for blocking, at LSU's fall camp Friday at LSU 's Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility.


Day 2 of LSU’s preseason camp brought … well, not many changes from Thursday. Here are the news nuggets, some videos and photos:


  • QBs!: Brandon Harris, for a second straight day, continued to work with the No. 1 receivers and backfield during drills. He also was first up in the two-minute drill (we’ll get to more of that later). If you don’t think it means something that Harris is going first, think again. OC Cam Cameron, at one point, specifically asked for the “No. 1s” to step up. Harris, RB Leonard Fournette and FB JD Moore stepped in.
  • Read-option: LSU’s QBs both practiced the read-option (above video) with running backs during Friday morning’s drills. Cameron, with both quarterbacks, instructed them in the right path to run after pulling the ball. This is something we’ve heard that LSU will do more this year, especially with Harris behind center.
  • Louis: LB Lamar Louis remained in a green non-contact jersey. He’s suffering from a strained pectoral (chest) muscle he hurt lifting weights. He said Thursday that it’s just precaution and that he should return to full strength soon. The fact he was allowed to do interviews Thursday means that it’s not serious.
  • D-line switch: Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore practiced with the veterans after going through drills with the freshmen/backups Thursday. What’s this mean? Who the hell knows, but don’t read into it too much. Quentin Thomas and a walk-on, who were in Thursday’s morning vet practice, were replaced by Gilmore and Herron on Friday. The afternoon practice is set for about 4 p.m.
  • Watchful eye: For the second straight day, head coach Les Miles watched just one position group – the quarterbacks. Miles watched Jennings and Harris in passing drills with receivers, while Cameron worked with the QB technically and Tony Ball worked with the receivers. Miles watched, taking in the two QBs, who are in a heated battle for the starting job.
  • Two-minute drill: We told you that we’d get back to it. As reporters were ushered out of practice – we get just 10-15 minutes to watch – LSU’s offense practiced the two-minute drill. Harris was up first. Here are the receivers used in the drill, which included no linemen: DJ Chark, Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre and TE DeSean Smith. This was an all-out two-minute drill. Harris even spiked the ball a few times as LSU moved from about the 40-yard line toward the end zone.
  • Position switch: Freshman DB Xavier Lewis was working with the safeties when defensive backs split into drills. He could be cross-training, which most secondary guys eventually do.