CELEBRATION, Fla. — Kristian Fulton and Ed Paris saw some time with LSU's starting secondary, Maea Teuhema rotated between both tackle positions and defensive end Frank Herron was a no show for LSU's first practice at its bowl site.
The Tigers held a two-hour practice in 80-degree weather Wednesday at Celebration High School's Bushey Stadium. Celebration, a small community that Disney built in the late 1990s, sits just outside of Orlando, the site of the 19th-ranked Tigers' game Saturday against No. 15 Louisville.
The entire practice was open to reporters, though there were video restrictions. It's believed to be the first complete practice open to the media in more than a decade.
Fulton, a true freshman who underwent surgery for a broken finger in November, worked as LSU's fifth defensive back in the nickel package, covering the slot receiver. He rotated with normal nickelback Dwayne Thomas. Fulton, a highly touted 2016 signee from Metairie, was not expected to return this season, coach Ed Orgeron said in November.
Paris, a junior who has spent most of his time at cornerback, worked some with the starting defense at safety, lining up opposite Jamal Adams to spell presumed starter John Battle.
Herron, meanwhile, was absent from practice. An LSU spokesman declined comment on Herron, but he does not appear to be with the team on the bowl trip. Herron, a reserve defensive end who played 3-5 series a game, missed LSU's season opener this year while suspended.
Teuhema, a sophomore, rotated between right and left tackle with Toby Weathersby, at right, and K.J. Malone, at left. He started with the first string at right tackle during a scrimmage that lasted about 20-25 plays.
- Just watching: Despite rejoining the team for bowl practices in Baton Rouge, Chrisitan LaCouture did not dress out for Wednesday's practice. He only watched players run through drills. He won't play in the bowl game, as he plans to redshirt this season and use a fifth year of eligibility next year. Joining him watching drills were several players who are recovering from various injuries: S Rickey Jefferson (leg), LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) and OL Donavaughn Campbell (shoulder).
- Brumfield: Redshirt sophomore Garrett Brumfield spelled starter Will Clapp at left guard, seeing a fair amount of time at the position with the starting group.
- Specialists: RB Derrius Guice practiced as LSU's kickoff returner, and CB Tre'Davious White returned punts during that portion of practice. So no change there.
- Scrimmage: LSU's No. 1 offense went against its No. 2 defense, and its No. 2 offense went against its No. 1 defense for a brief scrimmage Wednesday of about 20-25 plays. Here are some highlights:
- Freshman DL Rashard Lawrence tipped a pass.
- WR Malachi Dupre made an impressive catch near the sideline, keeping his feet in bounds and extending his arms fully to bring in the football. Ed Orgeron greeted him with a post-play high-five.
- LB Donnie Alexander picked off a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. DE/OLB Arden Key got pressure on the play.
- Dwayne Thomas, playing the nickel position, had an interception.
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