LSU’s preseason camp scrimmages will be completely live, contact-heavy, game-like practices — except for Danny Etling.
Etling and other pocket-passing quarterbacks will wear non-contact jerseys during scrimmages and throughout camp, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday, but “dual-threat quarterbacks” will not be restricted.
“We’re not going to hit (Etling) at all during camp. In games, you know, Danny is not a running quarterback. Hopefully he doesn’t have to run many times,” Orgeron said. “If we’re running a dual-threat quarterback, he has to be live in the pocket. Dropback passer doesn’t have to be live.”
The Tigers are scheduled to report to camp Sunday. Drills begin Monday.
LSU’s quarterback room is one of variety, with a mix of mobile and pro-style passers.
Etling is one of the more pro-style quarterbacks, along with freshman Myles Brennan. Redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and true freshman Lowell Narcisse are considered mobile, dual-threat quarterbacks. Various recruiting outlets listed third-year sophomore Justin McMillan as a pro-style and dual-threat quarterback during his recruiting process.
Live contact in camp — just weeks before a 12-game regular season begins — is a quandary for many coaches. How much do you hit? The NCAA decided some of that for them with a ruling this past spring eliminating two-a-days.
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The Tigers will hit “some, but not much” during camp weeks leading up to scrimmages, Orgeron said. LSU coach Les Miles was known for a live collision drill called “Big Cat,” in which a player from offense and defense would collide with one another while encircled by teammates and coaches.
Orgeron has eliminated that from practices.
However, those four scrimmages are expected to be completely live, aside from selected quarterbacks. The live scrimmages aren’t just for players.
“I put them in a game-type atmosphere. I want to see how they perform, grade them,” Orgeron said. “Even a coach, you’re going to make mistakes in the first preseason game. Hopefully you don’t make those mistakes in the second one. By the time, after four preseason games, we should be ready to play a full game.”
A flurry of injuries affected LSU camp last year. Most notably, Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained ankle that lingered through the season. Two defensive linemen, Isaiah Washington and Christian LaCouture, suffered knee injuries that knocked them out for 2016.
“Always concerned about injury, but you’ve got to go full speed,” Orgeron said. “You’ve got to give them game-like situation, but you’ve got to pick your times.”
The days of LSU football opening training-camp practices to reporters appear to be over.
One step ahead
Even Lane Kiffin was impressed with Dave Aranda.
The former Alabama offensive coordinator and the LSU defensive mastermind matched wits when the Tigers and Tide played in November. Bama won that game 10-0 to extend its winning streak over LSU to six games, but the Tigers defense held Kiffin’s group to its fewest points all season.
That didn’t go overlooked. Kiffin called his good friend, Orgeron, to rave about Aranda’s scheming.
“I thought one of (Aranda's) best games was against Alabama,” Orgeron said Thursday night. “(Alabama) quarterback made two plays on us. Him and Lane Kiffin were going neck-and-neck. I thought he stayed one step ahead of Lane. Lane called me and told me that after.”
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Campbell court date set
LSU offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell has a court date.
Campbell, arrested in November on Georgia Tech’s campus, is set for a plea arraignment Aug. 16 in Fulton County State Court in Atlanta, records show.
Campbell, a sophomore reinstated to the team a few weeks after his arrest, was charged with two counts of battery, both misdemeanors regarding a fight that unfolded during LSU’s open week at a Georgia Tech fraternity house.
Key Camp Dates
- Sunday: Team reports
- Monday: Opening day of camp
- Friday: First day in full pads
- Saturday: First scrimmage in Tiger Stadium
- Aug. 12: Scrimmage in Tiger Stadium
- Aug. 19: Scrimmage in Tiger Stadium
- Aug. 21: First day of classes
- Aug. 26: Scrimmage in Tiger Stadium