Les Miles put LSU through the first of what will be 15 spring practices on Monday as the Tigers started their preparations for the 2007 season with a three hour workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
Monday’s workout had the Tigers going in short and helmets. LSU will practice again in shorts and helmets on Tuesday before putting on full pads on Thursday. In all, LSU will practice four times this week.
“It was a really nice first go,” Miles said. “The team is in really good shape. There was a lot of enthusiasm and some new faces looking for playing time. There’s a lot of competition. It was not perfect, but it is not supposed to be because it’s the first day. There was some talent out there, but we are working our way through the learning phase. It was a good practice.”
Monday’s session also had the Tigers welcoming three new coaches to the practice field for the first time. Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, along with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy all enjoyed their first practice with the staff.
“It felt like the new guys were acting like old hands,” Miles said. “They were very comfortable and seemed to handle the players well. They know what to expect from them so it went well.”
One of the most interesting stories of spring football for LSU will be the competition between senior Matt Flynn and sophomore Ryan Perrilloux for the quarterback position. Miles said he liked what he saw out of the quarterbacks on Monday.
“I thought both Matt and Ryan did a nice job,” Miles said. “Both players worked had and had good practices. The issue is to be the best quarterback and to give this team an opportunity for victory. Whether that is Ryan Perrilloux or Matt Flynn only time will tell. It is good competition.”