LSU's Tashawn Bower latest to change positions in Dave Aranda’s outside-the-box defensive scheme _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's Tashawn Bower works in drills during spring practice last month.

LSU made a position move over spring break – at least it appears that way.

Tashawn Bower, the senior defensive end, practiced with the outside linebackers for the second straight practice Thursday during the Tigers’ eighth outing of spring drills – and second since a one-week hiatus for spring break.

Several defensive ends – Arden Key, Isaiah Washington, etc. – have been seen throughout the first two week of spring working with Bradley Dale Peveto and the outside linebacker group. Bower, though, has been the lone lineman working with the OLBs in the last two practices.

Defensive linemen – including Key, Washington and other ends – practiced together during several drills Thursday. Bower, meanwhile, went through drills with outside linebackers, a group that includes Michael Divinity Jr. and Duke Riley (though Riley was absent Thursday).

New defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is expected to use defensive linemen in a variety or roles, placing ends in a stand-up role, but it appears that Bower could have permanently moved to linebacker.

Here are a few other news nuggets from practice followed by individual drill videos and Big Cat.

  • They’re back: Defensive end Isaiah Washington (knee), OL Garrett Brumfield (ankle) and LB Devin White (strep throat) all returned to practice on Thursday after missing the last several with injury or illness. Washington donned a brace on his left knee. Les Miles said he suffered a minor injury during the Tigers’ last practice before spring break.
  • Absent: Ed Paris missed a second straight practice. He was out Tuesday, too. Miles said Tuesday one unnamed player was involved in a minor car accident over spring break and missed Tuesday’s drills with cramping (Greg Gilmore also was involved in a minor accident, and he’s been at practice). Also missing drills was LB Kendell Beckwith, still recovering from a twisted knee he suffered during the first week of practice, and Dwayne Thomas, who had class, coaches said.
  • Starting inside: Devin White returned to practice and appears to have been elevated, at least in the rotation. White and Donnie Alexander were the first two guys in inside linebacker drills, with Beckwith out. Alexander and Devin Voorhies were previously running as the top two inside linebackers.
  • He’s baaaaaaack: Dylan Moses, the top-ranked recruit in the 2017 class, returned to LSU practice Thursday, watching from the side. He’s spending his spring break away from IMG Academy and, partly, in Baton Rouge. He visited Alabama on Monday.
  • Backup group: We got a glimpse of LSU’s second-string offensive line, the one running in front of QB Danny Ettling. Here it was

LT Chidi Okeke
LG George Brown Jr. (we think)
C ?
RG Garrett Brumfield
RT K.J. Malone


(Big Cat winners listed first; purple are defensive players)

  • Toby Weathersby vs. Sione Teuhema
  • Foster Moreau vs. Arden Key (tie)
  • ?
  • Derrius Guice vs. Donnie Alexander
  • Bry’Kiethon Mouton vs. Devin Voorhies
  • Corey Thompson vs. David Ducre
  • Xavier Lewis vs. Malachi Dupre

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