BYU's offensive coordinator attended LSU's practice Thursday.
Jeff Grimes, still coaching the Tigers' offensive line, led his unit through drills during Day 3 of bowl practice, just hours after the Cougars announced him as their new offensive coordinator.
Grimes will remain with the team through LSU's game against Notre Dame on Jan. 1 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The 49-year-old Grimes walked his players through drills in normal fashion Thursday, the Tigers' final bowl practice before a three-day break.
News broke Wednesday night that Grimes had accepted the job as BYU's offensive coordinator. LSU already found a replacement, LA Chargers assistant offensive line coach James Cregg.
The school has not formally introduced Cregg, who coached with LSU coach Ed Orgeron at Tennessee and Southern Cal. Cregg is supposed to remain with the Chargers through the NFL season.
Meanwhile, Grimes has about three more weeks with his group of linemen. He's spent four seasons in Baton Rouge, recruiting most of the current LSU linemen. His coaching tenure here spans the full career of every scholarship lineman except for KJ Malone, a fifth-year senior.
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Other practice observations
- LSU conducted a third straight practice without edge rusher Arden Key and inside linebacker Donnie Alexander. Key continues to battle health issues (knee, finger), and Alexander played with a shoulder and neck issue for much of the season.
- LT KJ Malone participated with the second group at left tackle. Freshman Saahdiq Charles was with the starters. Malone is expecting to be healthy enough to play in the bowl. He missed the last six games of the regular season with a knee injury.
- In gold/limited contact jerseys at practice: F-back Tory Carter, OLB MJ Patterson and OLB Michael Divinity.
- Edge rusher Sci Martin, in and out of practice all season, participated in drills Thursday. Martin is expected to use a redshirt this year. OL Donavaughn Campbell, also in and out of drills all year because of injury, practiced Thursday.
- Other notable absences from LSU practice: WR Stephen Sullivan, S Eric Monroe and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
- LSU 2019 OT commit Kardell Thomas, of Southern Lab, watched practice from the sideline.
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