LSU got to have some fun this week in its final practice of the spring.
The Tigers hosted their annual "Student Appreciation Day" on Thursday, which allowed current LSU students to observe a practice and participate in drills at its conclusion.
Now LSU must get ready for the spring game on Saturday. It will be the first glimpse all fans will get of the 2014 Bayou Bengals.
This week's practice featured a few injured Tigers returning to practice and one leaving the program.
News from This Week
LSU defensive end Jordan Allen will transfer, according to Luke Johnson of Tiger Rag. Allen cited academic reasons, as he was unable to get into LSU's graduate school program.
The Tigers began Tuesday's practice with the "Big Cat" and goal line drill. Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune has the full results of the players who participated.
Thursday's practice was highlighted by "Student Appreciation Day." LSUSports.net has photos from the post-practice festivities.
LSU receivers Kevin Spears, John Diarse and Avery Peterson and running back Terrence Magee returned to practice on Tuesday, according to Hunt Palmer of Tiger Rag.
Update on Position Battles
Shea Dixon of Geaux247.com said the versatile Kendell Beckwith is pushing D.J. Welter for the starting middle linebacker job.
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings told Ben Love of TigerSportsDigest.com that he and Brandon Harris have many similarities. Jennings also said there has been a focus on the running game this spring.
What to Look Forward to in the Spring Game
Despite Miles somewhat downplaying the spring game, it does give him an opportunity to see how players perform in front of a crowd. Harris will be the player everybody wants to see, and he more than likely knows that. Saturday will be the first time he performs in front of fans.
The LSU defensive ends should not miss a beat without Allen. The Tigers are missing Jermauria Rasco due to injury but are still loaded at the position with Danielle Hunter, Lewis Neal, Frank Herron and M.J. Patterson. The LSU pass rush struggled last season according to The New Orleans Advocate's Matthew Harris.
Will one emerge as a playmaker? Keep an eye on Hunter, who showed flashes of excellence last season.
Hunter is one of many young, talented Tigers with something to prove. Here are five more players to look out for on Saturday.
Other News and Stories
The Tigers announced they will play UCLA and Arizona State in the distant future. The Advocate's Ross Dellenger caught up with LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry on the science of making football schedules.
Chandler Rome of The Advocate reported on how the young cornerbacks of LSU are having to learn quickly.
LSU will host its annual pro day next Wednesday, April 9.
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