LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was asked which of his quarterbacks won spring practice.
“That’s a nice try there,” Cameron said during a media availability Wednesday before the TAF Tiger Tour stop at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. “That’s a veteran move.
“It’s a fair question. A great question.”
Cameron did offer something of an answer, indicating that the grade for both junior Anthony Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris is incomplete.
“One guy will walk out there first in the McNeese game,” Cameron said. “But there’s a lot of football between now and that opening game. If you name a starter, and Les (Miles) and I have talked about this, you’ve still got all summer and fall camp.
“You can make tremendous improvement in these next three months.”
It will be a summer filled with seven-on-seven drills and a couple of hours of classroom work per week NCAA allows football teams during the offseason — and eating.
“Even Anthony, who is 220 pounds, in our conference you’ve got to be physically strong,” Cameron said. “Brandon and Justin (McMillan) we’ve given them goals to gain up to 10 pounds this summer. We’ve got to get bigger and stronger in May and June.”
Cameron was joined on the annual local stop on the Tiger Tour by men’s and women’s basketball coaches Johnny Jones and Nikki Caldwell and athletic director Joe Alleva.
Football recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson was scheduled to appear but was on a recruiting trip that was delayed by Monday’s stormy weather.
Jones said he’s felt the increased excitement on the tour about his program following its first NCAA tournament appearance in six years.
“When you consider where the program has been the last few yrs and the climb we’re trying to make, it takes on an excitement of its own,” Jones said.
Tiger Tour host Gordy Rush reminded the audience that at least one recruiting service rated LSU’s incoming freshman class the nation’s best.
“That’s the only one that matters,” Jones said.
Jones said LSU still has one more scholarship to give if the right player comes along.
“We’re always recruiting 24/7,” he said.
With the new gymnastics practice facility and tennis facilities slated to open later this year, Alleva said LSU is turning its attention to three future projects: the planned nutrition center, an athletic dormitory and improvements to the football operations center.
The nutrition facility was temporarily put on hold earlier this year because of anticipated budget cuts to the academic side of the university. Alleva said an athletic dorm would likely be built on the site of the old Alex Box Stadium.
As for the football facility, Alleva said, “At the time it was built (10 years ago) it was state of the art. That is no longer the case. We need to renovate it. I was looking at plans (Wednesday) to enlarge the weight room and players’ lounge and coaches’ offices.”
Alleva did not give any timetables for those projects.
Caldwell said forward Anne Pedersen has decided to return for a fifth season. Pedersen, who is set to receive her undergraduate degree in May, started 27 of LSU’s 31 games last season and averaged 5.4 points per contest.
She joked that her 3-year-old daughter Justice appears to have become a South Carolina fan. Like South Carolina, Caldwell said her program isn’t satisfied with merely making its fourth straight NCAA appearance under her watch (LSU lost a first round game at South Florida).
“Four years in a row, but there’s work to be done,” she said. “We will not rest until we bring a championship to Louisiana.”
The Tiger Tour resumes May 4 in Alexandria. Other tour stops includes in Houston (May 12), Lake Charles (May 13), Covington (May 14), New Orleans (May 17) and Biloxi, Mississippi (May 18).
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