Fresh focus: Ed Paris
Position: Defensive back
Weight: 208 pounds
High school: Mansfield (Texas) Timberview
Strengths: During his recruitment, Paris was clocked at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. On an LSU defense that’s had dominant secondary play in recent years, that speed will fit right in to what Tigers fans are accustomed to.
Must improve on: Besides the obvious obstacle of learning the playbook and adjusting to the system, one goal for Paris will be finally finding a role on the defense. It’s unclear whether the coaching staff wants to use Paris as a cornerback or safety moving forward.
Kwon Alexander says: “It makes me very confident. He’s going to be a great player. All the young (defensive backs) have been working hard. All he has to do is learn his plays, and he’s going to be great.”
Projection: In a secondary crawling with youth, Paris will have every opportunity to make his presence felt early. He’ll likely find playing time against nonconference opponents as a corner, but he may settle into a different role as the year progresses.
“My teammate came up to me and talked to me about it and told me a picture was going viral. In high school, I didn’t have as much veins as I do now, but it’s all this running and weights, maybe.”
—junior defensive end Danielle Hunter, on how his muscular arms have changed since high school
With junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas now out for the season because of a torn biceps, it will be up to redshirt freshmen Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore to fill his spot. Herron has reportedly impressed early in camp, possibly making him the front-runner for a starting DT job.
Next three up
No practice. LSU Football Media Day will happen at 3:30 p.m., followed by LSU Football Fan Day at 5 p.m.
Full squad practice at 9:15 a.m.
Full squad practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
All LSU practices are closed to the public.