LSU football begins fall practice today
BATON ROUGE - LSU football hits the field for the first day of fall training camp today with varsity split squad practices getting underway in the morning.
Sunday was reporting day for the Tigers as 103 players headed to campus for organizational, academic and team meetings. Equipment fitting, physicals and other medical screenings were also on the agenda for the players' first day.
Two players did not report for fall camp as safety Jalen Mills is serving a suspension for a May arrest and defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is held up by a certification issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
With the check-in formalities out of the way, the 10th training camp under head coach Les Miles opens in the morning for the varsity squad. Freshmen, newcomers and selected veterans will hit the practice gridiron in the afternoon.
Coaches and fans will be keenly aware of developments at the starting quarterback position as the Tigers look to find a player capable of filling the shoes of recent graduate Zach Mettenberger.
Experience is not the strong suit of the current suspects for taking over the QB role as sophomore Anthony Jennings only started in the Tigers' Outback Bowl victory over Iowa. True freshman Brandon Harris will be looking to take his first collegiate snap as he graduated early and joined up with the team in time for spring practice.
Coach Miles said he hasn't put a deadline on deciding who will start, but expressed confidence that the starting quarterback puzzle will solve itself as training camp progresses.
The Tigers will follow Monday's practice prescription for the first four days of camp before moving on to different practice configurations as final preparations are made for the 2014 opener against 14th-ranked Wisconsin on Aug. 30.