Freshman defensive linemen Rashard Lawrence and Sci Martin moved up with the veterans and starters, practicing Saturday morning. Lawrence, a Neville product who coaches have suggested will play early, and Martin, a McDonogh 25 talent, worked with the No. 1 and No. 2 defensive linemen after spending the first two days in the afternoon group with mostly freshmen and reserves.
Freshman Ed Alexander's sheer size — he's listed at 6-foot-2, 333 pounds — has left some players, coaches and media members with wide eyes. Alexander, a late qualifier from St. Thomas Aquinas, practiced with the rookies and reserves during Saturday afternoon's drills, but his tremendous size could lead to some early playing time. Miles earlier this week called Alexander a "ready-made" nose tackle, and several players have raved about his size. Greg Gilmore on Saturday during interviews called Alexander "Rougarou," his nickname, apparently. Rougarou is a creature in Cajun folklore similar to a werewolf.
Missing in action
Starting guard Will Clapp missed Day 3 of camp Saturday. A reason for Clapp's absence is unclear, but he underwent hip surgery in April and missed much, if not all, of summer workouts. Miles indicated earlier this week that coaches planned to ease Clapp into practice. Clapp said earlier this week that practicing in pads would be a "wait-and-see thing." The Tigers practiced in shoulder pads for the first time Saturday. Clapp practiced Thursday and Friday.
Shut it down
LSU coach Les Miles closed camp, it seems, for the foreseeable future. Sunday's two practices are closed to reporters. Media members were allowed to watch 10-20 minutes of the first three days of camp, though restrictions on videoing grew increasingly stringent. For instance, no videoing was allowed during Saturday afternoon's practice. Media availability to Monday's first practice in full pads is uncertain.
Days to kickoff: 27
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field
Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower and offensive lineman Maea Teuhema missed a third day of practice with injuries. Teuehema is nursing a sprained left ankle and might miss as much as a week, Miles said Thursday. Teuehema was seen at the team facility in a walking boot. Bower is "nicked" (Miles gave no additional details on the injury) and is expected back in "a couple of days," the coach said.
LSU will again hold a morning practice (mostly veterans and starters) and an afternoon practice (most freshmen) on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. and around 3:45 p.m.
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