Fournette held out of practice on Monday with ankle injury

BATON ROUGE - LSU opened its Monday practice to the media and gave a glimpse into the Tigers' early preparation for their road test against Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron dubbed the workout "Tell the Truth" Monday, as the Tigers focused on reviewing the game film from Missouri and breaking down Florida. The on-the-field work is very limited on Monday with only a short walk through without pads, but here are some notes from the short session:

1. Fournette still not practicing

While Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams filled in admirably for Fournette against Missouri, the Tigers could still use their No. 1 runner back on the field.


Fournette was not seen practicing with the team and Orgeron said he was still day-to-day, walking back an earlier remark from a radio appearance Sunday when he said Fournette would be a go for the Florida game.

2. The offensive line is banged up

The offensive line has suffered some major attrition in the opening games, something made worse by starting guard Will Clapp going down with an injury against Missouri.

The Tigers practiced several different offensive line combinations throughout Monday's session, but the starting line appeared to be: K.J. Malone, LT; Garrett Brumfield, LG; Ethan Pocic, C; Josh Boutte, RG; Maea Teuhema, RT.


Andy Dodd got reps at center, while both Chidi Okeke and Donovaughn Campbell received reps as well at tackle and guard.

Lumping the tight end position in with the offensive line, tight end Foster Moreau didn't practice either after appearing to suffer a late injury against Missouri.

3. Defense lined up in "base" and Herron out

While LSU has faced more spread-based offenses in the last couple of weeks, Florida is much more pro-style, and the Tigers showed a different look in practice Monday.

The Tigers have largely been starting five defensive backs the last few weeks - Tre White, Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver at corner and Jamal Adams and Rickey Jefferson at safety - but when drilling against the offense, the Tigers lined up with three defensive lineman, four linebackers and four defensive backs.

Savion Smith also practiced with the Tigers after not dressing out against Missouri. He ran with the second team.


Tashawn Bower was the added linebacker into the starting group, a look the Tigers haven't used much of since the game against Wisconsin.

Jackson and White were the starting corners on the outside when the Tigers went with four defensive backs.

Defensive end Frank Herron, who was a rotational piece in the defensive line and Davon Godchaux's primary backup, appeared in the indoor practice facility with a walking boot on his left foot and did not participate in practice.


(© 2016 WWL)


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