A streak was broken on Monday evening: LSU opened practice to reporters.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron allowed media into the Tigers' first practice under the new coach. It's believed to be the first time media members were allowed into an in-season LSU football practice since 2005, Les Miles' first year as coach.
Miles, fired by the school on Sunday, closed in-season practices for the last 11 seasons, even shutting down preseason camp after three days this August.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he would consider the rest of the season “an audition”…
What'd we see Monday during the 30-minute walk-through? Lots of stretching and some drills.
(LSU is also expected to open up practices on Tuesday for one hour.)
- Absent: Four starters did not practice Monday, including DE Davon Godchaux (suspended), RB Leonard Fournette (recovering from ankle injury), OL Ethan Pocic (unclear but he spoke to reporters Sunday) and OL Toby Weathersby (recovering from ankle sprain). Keep in mind that this was just a walk-through.
- Split field: LSU splits the field in half during its walk-throughs, with the second and third-string offense going against the starting defense on one side and the second and third-string defense going against the starting offense on the other side.
- Rowdy O: Orgeron was his same self during drills, barking at players and, even, running with them as you'll see in a video below. He did patrol the middle of the field, though, bouncing back and forth as a head coach might.
- Herron in: Frank Herron, as you'd expect, replaced Godchaux with the starters at defensive end. Godchaux and Herron rotate during games, so this is no surprise.
- O-line: With Toby Weathersby out, Maea Teuhema played at the right tackle spot with the starters. He started there against Auburn. Weathersby did not make the trip to that game. With Pocic out, Andy Dodd played center. Will Clapp also saw some time at center, too, and Garrett Brumfield played some left guard with the No.1 group. Chidi Okeke played some left tackle with the starters as well, rotating with K.J. Malone.
- Toliver back: Kevin Toliver did not play against Auburn. A reason was never given, but the cornerback was back working with the starting group in the nickel. Ed Paris, who replaced Toliver against AU, worked with the second string.