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Fan’s view: LSU begins fall camp Aug. 4
After SEC Media Days, the approach of the college football season picks up serious steam.
The game of the week for the first week of the season has to be LSU vs. Oregon at Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 3, which will be a match-up of the preseason consensus No. 3 (LSU) and No. 4 (Oregon) teams. Our LSU Tigers begin fall camp Aug. 4. Oregon starts fall practice Aug. 9.
One issue from SEC Media Days that has been cleared up somewhat is wide receiver Russell Shepard's status. Shepard is expected to be the starting inside receiver for the Tigers in 2011. However, prior to his appearance at SEC Media Days, Shepard was replaced by center T-Bob Hebert because of a compliance issue related to his off-campus housing situation. The good news is that Shepard was listed on the 105-man roster head coach Les Miles submitted. As Shepard is not injured, he should be on the field with the rest of the team for the first practice. However, that does not mean the compliance issue has been taken care of. So far, there is no word on that front.
Tigers fans hoping that JUCO transfer Zach Mettenberger would steal Jordan Jefferson's starting quarterback job during the fall practices should listen to what first-year offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe had to say about both quarterbacks. "I feel kind of bad for Zach in a way, because he was learning a third offense in three years (during the spring)," Kragthorpe said. "Seeing a John Chavis defense every day in practice and every conceivable front and blitz they threw at him, it was an adjustment. But he did start to get a feel for our offense, and I expect that to continue in the fall."
Mettenberger is still third on the latest depth chart that I've seen behind Jarrett Lee, who is now down to 207 pounds (he used to weigh 230).
About Jefferson, Kragthorpe said, "Jordan Jefferson is our starting quarterback. So someone would have to unseat him at this point. But you never say never."
I'm not going to say never, but I do think that Lee will see the field on occasion this season as he did last year.
LSU's fall camp will run from Aug. 4-Aug. 29. As usual, I'll have my fingers crossed and hope our guys can get their work done at practice without sustaining any serious injuries.
As an LSU fan, I'm counting down the days until kickoff. We're only 32 days away.
More from Patrick Johnston:
Chris Abshire, "Offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe touts the depth, experience of LSU's offensive line", NOLA.com
Randy Rosetta, "Shepard will be on field for 1st practice," Scout.com
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