LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda spent spring practice installing his new 3-4 defense. There was more teaching than anything else. There wasn't much blitzing, and the only sign of a blitz seen in the spring game was from the cornerback or nickelback position. That's changing during preseason camp, running back Derrius Guice said. "He kept it basic (in the spring)," Guice said. "He’s going to start doing blitzes now. He’s going to send them now. "Will middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith be blitzing more? "I hope to be," he responded. "Pray for me."
Zach Von Rosenburg, LSU's 6-foot-5 walk-on tight end who spent six years in professional baseball before joining the team in January, is also punting, sophomore tight end Foster Moreau said. A Lake Charles native, Rosenburg originally signed with LSU in 2009 for baseball before skipping on school to sign a pro deal. He's involved in some different sets with the tight ends, while also punting behind presumed starter Josh Growden. "He’s still learning," Moreau said. "He’s in the process of coming back from a seven-year gap where he didn’t play the sport."
Wisconsin could be without its leading tackler from last year in the season opener Sept. 3 against LSU. Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards, a freshman All-American in 2015, has not participated in the Badgers preseason camp because of a foot injury he suffered in July. During Wisconsin's media day Sunday, coach Paul Chryst indicated that Edwards could miss the game with the Tigers at Lambeau Field, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Shut it down
LSU coach Les Miles closed camp after Saturday afternoon's practice. Sunday's two practices were closed to reporters, and Monday's are scheduled to be close, too. 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.
Days to kickoff: 26
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field
Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower and offensive lineman Maea Teuhema missed the first three days of practice with injuries. Because camp was closed Sunday and there were no interviews, it's unclear if they returned. 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 hold its first full-padded practice Monday morning. It is expected to be closed to reporters.
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