Checking in on the QBs
LSU coach Les Miles made it clear during the spring that Brandon Harris is LSU's starting quarterback, but the coach hasn't forgotten about Purdue transfer Danny Etling. "He shows poise and (is) deliberate when he’s supposed to be," Miles said Monday when asked about Harris. "It seems to me that he’s improving. Danny Etling is also doing that. He’s improving, working hard. I like the position they’re in." Miles said Harris made "a couple of nice touch throws" during Monday's first day in full pads. Etling is "learning and understanding," the coach said, and "if we had to turn to him, we could turn to him and step on the field and do very well."
Travonte Valentine, the top-ranked junior college defensive tackle in the nation, rejoined the team Monday and is cleared to practice with the Tigers, the school confirmed Tuesday. But he's not yet cleared to play this season. Valentine, dismissed from LSU last summer, must complete a summer intersession class to attain eligibility for the 2016 season - the last hurdle in this never-ending saga. Valentine is expected to begin practicing Wednesday, during the team's first day of two-a-days.
Tight end Foster Moreau's goal this camp is prove himself as a pass catcher. He spent his freshman season last year being utilized as a run-blocker. Moreau, a Jesuit product, estimates that he spent more than 90 percent of his snap run-blocking in 2015. "Right now, the gap is decreasing and it’s decreasing pretty fast," he said. "I just don’t think they really had trust in me quite yet as a vertical threat (last year) so that’s kind of what I’m trying to earn right now, trying to get that out of the way," he said last week."
Calling the action
ESPN on Tuesday announced the announcing team for LSU's season opener against Wisconsin. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Todd McShay (reporter) are on the coverage. ESPN GameDay personality Kirk Herbstreit announced earlier this summer that the show will originate from outside of Lambeau Field ahead of the game between the Tigers and Badgers.
Days to kickoff: 24
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field
There were no interviews scheduled for Tuesday, and LSU players only participated in a walk-thru practice, but more details did emerge about the status of LSU defensive end Christian LaCouture and defensive end/outside linebacker Isaiah Washington. Both players sustained serious ligament damage to their knees during Sunday's practice and are out for the season.
LSU conducts its first two-a-days on Wednesday, at 8:35 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
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