LSU's first bowl practice included a trio of new faces and at least one missing player.

Running back Leonard Fournette, still nursing an injured left ankle, did not practice Thursday.

Defensive lineman Christian LaCouture (torn ACL in preseason camp), defensive lineman Andre Anthony (ineligible in fall) and offensive lineman Willie Allen (leg injury in camp) all participated in the first bowl practice. 

The Tigers performed drills in the indoor practice facility. They'll practice Friday and Saturday before an off day Sunday. 

Coach Ed Orgeron, in a post-practice news conference, called Fournette "day to day."

"We're going to have a discussion, Leonard and I, in the next couple of days, see how he's doing," Orgeron said.

LaCouture, practicing with brace on his right knee, announced a decision after practice to return for 2017. He said last week that he was "50-50" on returning for fifth-year of eligibility next season. He will use this year as his redshirt. He and Allen practiced for the first time since August, and Anthony practiced for the first time as a Tiger.

The NCAA did not clear Anthony to participate this season, but he's now eligible to practice since the first semester of school has ended. Allen suffered a leg injury late in preseason camp in August and is expected to redshirt this year. 

Fournette's status for the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 against Louisville is uncertain, though coach Ed Orgeron and Fournette both said the running back will try to play.

Other notes

  • LSU's first string defense ran with six defensive backs during full team drills, a scheme the Tigers will likely use against pass-heavy Louisville. The six defensive backs were safeties Jamal Adams and John Battle, cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Tre White, and Dwayne Thomas and freshman Saivion Smith. Duke Riley served as the only inside linebacker in this formation in full team drills. 
  • Receiver Travin Dural, who missed the Texas A&M game with injury, and and White, who injured his ankle against A&M, practiced. 


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