LSU head coach Les Miles finally got to play with his new toys at fall camp.
The Tigers reported to campus for the beginning of fall camp on Sunday and hit the field on Monday. It was the first time Miles got to work with the heavily anticipated 2014 recruiting class.
Miles was not disappointed.
“I think what you see is some very, very talented guys, and some guys that learn quickly,” Miles said, per The (Shreveport) Times. "And this class is that style of class that you can win a national championship with at some point in time, hopefully sooner than later.”
LSU's practices have been divided into two sessions. The morning features projected starters, while the afternoon is focused on freshmen and backups.
Friday will be the full team practice in full pads. Here is a recap of how things have gone the first four practices of camp.
Quarterback Battle Heating Up
Miles has not given any indication of who his starting quarterback will be in the season opener against Wisconsin. Sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris have rotated working with the morning group.
Jennings was with the morning group on Monday and Wednesday, while Harris took the Tuesday and Thursday repetitions. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has worked closely with both quarterbacks on every aspect of their game.
The battle between Harris and Jennings is a close one. Miles and Cameron will likely hold off on their decision for the next few weeks. Yet, Miles said Harris looked spectacular in Thursday's practice.
"He (Harris) made some of the best throws I've seen today," said Miles per thenewsstar.com.
Fournette and Freshmen Dazzle
Miles cannot wait to see Leonard Fournette in full pads Friday.
"It's like having Tiger Woods on the golf course with a putter," Miles said on Wednesday, per The Times-Picayune. "You just want to see him tee off, don't you. We'll have to put pads on before we can see him tee off."
Fournette began the week working with the afternoon group and was eventually moved to the morning session on Wednesday.
LSU's freshmen class of receivers also made a strong impression. The 6'3'' Malachi Dupre was working with the veterans on the first day of practice.
D.J. Chark, Trey Quinn and Tony Upchurch also made their debuts. Chark, the lowest-rated recruit of the group, earned high praise from Miles.
Les Miles said D.J. Chark, a freshman wide receiver from Alexandria, is the fastest player on the team. Fournette 2nd.— Matt Boudreaux (@MattBoudreaux) July 30, 2014
Jalen Mills Returns to Team
LSU safety Jalen Mills' second-degree battery charge for an alleged altercation this offseason was reduced to simple battery on Monday, per The (Shreveport) Times. Mills was on the field for practice the same day. He was inserted with the morning group on Tuesday.
"A misdemeanor being what it is, we're moving forward," Miles said, per The Times-Picayune. "All I can tell you is we're going to handle it internally and work him right here."
Should Jalen Mills have been allowed to practice this week?
Mills is LSU's best safety, and defensive coordinator John Chavis loves his versatility. But it is unlikely he plays in the season opener against Wisconsin.
LSU has plenty of young talent and depth at safety, including 5-star freshman Jamal Adams. Veteran returnees Rickey Jefferson, Ronald Martin and Corey Thompson are more than capable of filling the void.
Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer, Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder love the talent the Tigers have in the secondary.
Big Cat Drill
LSU's famed Big Cat Drill was back this week. Geaux247.com's Shea Dixon has the full video.
Dixon also captured LSU's skill position players going through "The Gauntlet." He archived the full list of participants at Geaux247.com.
Fall Camp Schedule
LSU will practice again Saturday after putting on full pads for the first time Friday morning. On Sunday, the Tigers will have their annual Fan Day at 6:30 p.m. CST at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and Carl Maddox Field House on campus. Media day will be held on the same day in the hours prior.
When LSU returns to the field next Monday, expect similar practices to week one's. Do not expect any major position changes or decisions on the depth chart, especially at quarterback.
Here is LSU's schedule for next week, via The Advocate.
Monday, Aug. 11, 9:15 a.m. practice
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. practice
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 9:15 a.m. practice
Thursday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m. walkthrough
Friday, Aug. 15, 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. practice
Saturday, Aug. 16, 10:45 a.m. scrimmage at Tiger Stadium (closed to the public/media)