LSU camp rail: Closer look at Clifton Garrett, quotes and injury update _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Clifton Garrett, center, does a drill at LSU's practice.

Fresh look

Clifton Garrett

-- Position: Linebacker

-- Height: 6-foot-2

-- Weight: 242 pounds

-- High School: Plainfield South High School, Plainfield, Illinois

-- Strengths: Garrett wasn’t ranked as a five-star linebacker recruit on both and for no reason. The freshman showed off his pure power and tackling ability during the tuck-and-roll session Wednesday morning.

-- Must improve on: During his recruitment, Garrett was clocked at a 4.79 40-yard dash time. As a freshman, he still has more than enough time to improve, but look for Garrett to work on his speed throughout fall camp and the season.

-- Linebacker Deion Jones said: “He works hard in the weight room, and he pushes himself out on the field. He’s a little lost right now because it’s only Day 3. But day-by-day, I see him gradually coming along.”

-- Projection: With six juniors and two seniors on the LSU linebackers corps, Garrett will have to fight for playing time during the upcoming season. Expect him to see game action against the occasional nonconference opponent, but he shouldn’t settle into a starting role for another year or two.

-- Lawrence Barreca

Say what?

“Those people really set a tone for people down the shore, but it’s really not like that. It’s really different. They’re really normal people and stuff.”

— Sophomore defensive end Tashawn Bower talking about the negative portrayal of his home state of New Jersey based on “Jersey Shore.”

Roster report

-- LSU backup quarterback Jared Foster wore a boot on his left foot and ankle and only watched Wednesday’s afternoon practice. A team spokesman did not immediately have details on the injury.

Next three

Thursday’s practices:

9:15 a.m., varsity practice in shells (with select freshmen); 3:45 p.m., freshmen practice in shells (with select veterans)

Friday’s practices:

9:25 a.m., first full squad practice (will practice in full pads)

Saturday’s practices:

Full squad will practice at 8:50 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Going digital

For more coverage, visit Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

-- Video of LSU freshman Leonard Fournette participating in Wednesday morning’s running back drills.

-- A video interview with LSU sophomore receiver Travin Dural, who talks about leading a young group of wideouts heading into the 2014 season.

-- Keep tabs on our reporters for live coverage on Twitter: @DellengerAdv, @RabalaisAdv, @MicklesAdvocate and @BarrecaAdvocate.