BATON ROUGE - After an unexpected weekend off, the LSU Tigers began preparing for Southern Mississippi with their normal Monday walk through. The No. 25 Tigers (3-2, 2-1 SEC) host USM (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium on the SEC Network.
Here's what we noticed at practice:
1. Injuries still affecting team
The weekend off didn't heal all the injuries of the Tigers, who were dealing with several injuries last week.
Star tailback Leonard Fournette continues to miss practice following his ankle injury. He was seen observing practice at the beginning of the session.
"I would list him as questionable right now," LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Monday at his weekly press luncheon. "I don't know if he's going to play this week. I think he's going to attempt to. He's going to do some things this week. He's getting better."
Both starting right tackle Toby Weathersby (foot) and starting left guard William Clapp (shoulder) missed practice. Tight end Foster Moreau, who missed practice last week as did the previously mentioned trio, was once again absent. Moreau appeared healthy while walking into the LSU practice facility in the early afternoon and does not have a serious injury.
2. Offensive line combination
Though LSU didn't get to debut it's new-look offensive line against Florida, the Tigers continued to work with it this combination - K.J. Malone, LT; Maea Teuhema, LG; Andy Dodd, C; Josh Boutte, RG; Ethan Pocic, RT.
Pocic, who played tackle in high school, said Dodd was more than equipped to man the center spot, with Pocic kicking out to tackle. At tight end, Caleb Roddy worked with the goal line package as the No. 3 tight end with Moreau out. Roddy snagged a touchdown in a goal line play during the walk through.
3. Early indication of game plan against Southern Mississippi?
The Tigers' defense was dealing with a scout team offense that implemented a lot of motion and window dressing prior to the snap, as well as a heavy load of read option. Freshman quarterback Lindsey Scott worked with the scout offense, and the Tigers' defense showed some interesting looks against the unit.
With their nickel personnel on the field (Tre'Davious White, Kevin Toliver, Donte Jackson, Jamal Adams and Rickey Jefferson) the Tigers would roll both safeties, Adams and Jefferson, down toward the line of scrimmage when the scout team offense motioned into a triple receiver set. White would drop into a free safety-like role when Jefferson and Adams rolled down and read the play.
The Tigers' first-team offense also worked in a lot of motion pre-snap, working in a heavy bunch set with tight ends and fullback J.D. Moore then have Moore motion back behind the quarterback.
LSU-OLE MISS TV: The Tigers home game against Ole Miss on October 22 will kick off at 8 p.m. in Tiger Stadium on ESPN, the SEC office announced on Monday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm not 100 percent educated as far as how the league handles these kinds of things as far as their deadlines and how their policies go."
---LSU offensive guard Garrett Brumfield on the SEC's efforts to reschedule the postponed LSU-Florida game from Saturday. Brumfield may not be alone, and that may include people at the SEC office.
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