LSU football players report for fall camp

BATON ROUGE - LSU coach Les Miles and his coaching staff welcomed 104 players to campus on Wednesday as the Tigers opened fall camp in preparation for the 2009 season.

The Tigers will practice for the first time on Thursday morning in what will be the first of four days of split-squad practices. The veterans will workout during the morning each day, while the freshman will take the afternoon session. The first full-squad practice comes next Tuesday when the Tigers put on full pads for the first time.

"It's a great time of year," Miles said. "We're reconvening a team that really wants to play. They've had a really strong summer, and frankly I expect the efforts in two-a-day camp to be what we need. We want to play dominant football out here, and frankly our team understands that.

" I'm looking forward to this (year). I can tell you that when I got dressed today I realized I get to coach. I get to be with my team, so it's a good day."

The Tigers are looking to rebound from last year's 8-5 season, which culminated with a 38-3 win over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

"Eight (wins) was unacceptable," Miles said of last year's win total. "To be honest with you, we used to play and are used to playing for championships. We won 11 games and won the SEC West in my first year here, and we fell a little short. That's how it is.

"These falls are marked by great efforts, great games and certainly improvement. A team that improves and achieves certainly is worthy of that recognition, but this program is designed to hang banners in this building. You just look around, and that's what we want to do."

The only player listed on the 105-man roster who didn't report is linebacker Tahj Jones. Jones is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA, which is expected to come later this week. Miles also said that freshman safety Craig Loston is still finishing up some course work and won't be able to join the team until school starts.

Miles noted that defensive end Slidell Corley has left the team and is expected to transfer to another school closer to his home of Mobile, Ala.

The first day of practice on Thursday will be the first time that Miles and the rest of the coaching staff can be on the field with LSU's 2009 signing class, a group that was ranked by some as the best recruiting class in the nation.

"I'm excited to see these guys in an LSU uniform," Miles said. "I think there is a lot of competition and I believe there are some guys in that freshman class that will come onto the field by need and by ability.

"I had a long talk with my staff this morning, and evaluation is going to be the key. When you have a veteran team and you know who's in, there were times when there was little conversation that needed to be had. Today, because of talent, there are a group of guys that need to be reviewed more regularly."

Wednesday's schedule, despite not having practice, was a busy one for the Tigers as the squad checked into the campus apartments during the morning and then spent the afternoon going through a series of meetings and orientation. The team also got fitted for equipment in addition to undergoing a physical exam. The day was capped off by a team meeting.

2009 LSU Football - 105 Player Fall Camp Numerical Roster

No. Name                            Pos.        Ht.      Wt.     Cl./Exp.   Hometown (HS/Previous School)

1      Brandon LaFell          WR         6-3      209     Sr.-3L         Houston, Texas (Lamar HS)

2      Rueben Randle          WR         6-3      195     Fr.-HS        Bastrop, La. (Bastrop HS)

3      Chad Jones                  S              6-3      214     Jr.-2L          New Orleans, La. (Southern Lab HS)

4      Jai Eugene                    CB          5-11    191     Jr.-2L          St. Rose, La. (Destrehan HS)

4      Tyler Listi                    PK          5-8      169     Fr.-HS        Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

5      Keiland Williams      RB          5-11    229     Sr.-3L         Lafayette, La. (Hargrave Academy)

6      Tyler Glenn                 DB                                  Fr.-HS        West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)

7      Patrick Peterson         CB          6-1      205     So.-1L        Pompano Beach, Fla. (Ely HS)

8      Trindon Holliday      WR         5-5      164     Sr.-3L         Zachary, La. (Northeast HS)

9      Jordan Jefferson         QB          6-4      209     So.-1L        St. Rose, La. (Destrehan)

10   Russell Shepard        QB          6-1      180     Fr.-HS        Houston, Texas (Cypress Ridge)

11   Kelvin Sheppard       LB           6-3      237     Jr.-2L          Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

12   Jarrett Lee                     QB          6-2      216     So.-1L        Brenham, Texas (Brenham HS)

13   Ron Brooks                  S              5-11    175     So.-1L        Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS)

13   Jordan Newell            WR         5-10    168     Sr.-SQ        Homer, La. (Louisiana College)

14   Chris Garrett               QB          6-4      225     Fr.-HS        Tupelo, Miss. (Tupelo HS)

15   Brandon Taylor         CB          5-11    183     So.-1L        Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)

16   Jhyryn Taylor             WR         5-11    174     Fr.-RS        Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)

17   Morris Claiborne       WR         6-0      180     Fr.-HS        Shreveport, La. (Fair Park HS)

18   Richard Dickson       TE           6-3      246     Sr.-3L         Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs HS)

19   Deangelo Peterson    WR         6-3      240     So.-1L        New Orleans, La. (Desire Street Academy)

21   Chris Tolliver             WR         6-1      179     Fr.-RS        Rayville, La. (Rayville HS)

22   Ryan Baker                  LB           6-0      213     So.-1L        Grand Ridge, Fla. (Bountstown HS)

23   Stefoin Francois         S              6-1      194     So.-SQ       Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)

24   Harry Coleman          LB           6-2      205     Sr.-3L         Baldwin, La. (West St. Mary HS)

24   Patrick Lipoma          RB          5-4      167     Sr.-SQ        Prairieville, La. (Dutchtown HS)

25   Drayton Calhoun      RB          6-0      175     Fr.-HS        Clarkston, Ga. (Tucker HS)

26   Richard Murphy       RB          6-1      196     Jr.-2L          Rayville, La. (Rayville HS)

27   August Mangin         FB           5-10    201     Sr.-1L         Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)

28   R.J. Jackson                  WR         6-0      204     Sr.-2L         Houston, Texas (Westside HS)

28   Joe Maltempi              DB          5-8      171     Sr.-SQ        Chester, Va. (Thomas Dale HS)

29   Chris Hawkins          CB          6-1      184     Sr.-3L         Walker, La. (Walker HS)

29   Jarred Joseph              WR         6-1      209     Fr.-RS        New Orleans, La. (Brother Martin HS)

30   Josh Jasper                   PK/P     5-11    165     Jr.-2L          Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway HS)

31   John Williams            WR         5-11    180     So.-SQ       Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

32   Charles Scott               RB          5-11    233     Sr.-3L         Saline, La. (Jonesboro-Hodge HS)

33   Dominque Allen        FB           5-11    250     Fr.-HS        Paris, Tenn. (Henry County HS)

34   Stevan Ridley             FB           5-11    222     So.-1L        Natchez, Miss. (Trinity Episcopal HS)

35   Ryan St. Julien            DB          6-1      175     Fr.-RS        St. Martinville, La. (Catholic-New Iberia)

35   James Stampley         FB           5-10    210     So.-HS       Baker, La. (Baker HS)

36   Derrick Bryant            DB          5-11    187     So.-1L        Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

37   Karnell Hatcher         DB          6-1      196     So.-1L        Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community)

38   Drew Alleman           P/PK     6-0      169     Fr.-RS        Lafayette, La. (Acadiana HS)

38   Derek Helton              P             6-0      170     Jr.-JC          Hoyt, Kan. (Fort Scott CC)

39   Josh Johns                    DB          6-2      210     Fr.-HS        Baton Rouge, La. (Central HS)

39   R.J. Gillen                     WR         6-0      185     So.-SQ       Memphis, Tenn. (Christian Brothers HS)

40   Rocky Duplessis        S              6-1      185     Fr-HS         Belle Chasse, La. (Belle Chasse)

41   Kyle Prater                   LB           6-1      222     Fr.-RS        Kerrville, Texas (Tivy HS)

42   Michael Ford              RB          5-10    200     Fr.-HS        Leesville, La. (Leesville HS)

43   Daniel Graff                DB          5-11    171     Sr.-1L         Metairie, La. (Rummel HS)

44   Danny McCray          S              6-1      212     Sr.-3L         Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

45   Zach Elkins                 DB          5-8      186     Sr.-SQ        Bay St. Louis, Miss. (Miss. Gulf Coast CC)

46   Kevin Minter               LB           6-0      237     Fr.-HS        Suwanee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

47   Tyler Edwards           TE           6-3      234     Fr.-RS        Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish HS)

49   Barkevious Mingo     LB           6-5      209     Fr.-HS        West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)

49   Austin Kinchen         SNP       6-1      200     Fr.-RS        Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist)

50   Chris Davenport        DT          6-4      318     Fr.-HS        Mansfield, La. (Mansfield HS)

50   Joey Crappell              SNP       6-2      218     So.-SQ       Patterson, La. (Patterson HS)

51   Clay Spencer               OG         6-6      281     Fr.-RS        Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)

52   Ace Foyil                      LB           6-3      230     Sr.-1L         Mandeville, La. (Mandeville HS/Tulane)

53   T-Bob Hebert               C             6-3      282     So.-1L        Norcross, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian)

53   Jonathan Nixon         LB           6-1      264     Jr.-SQ         Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock HS)

54   Jacob Cutrera              LB           6-4      236     Sr.-3L         Lafayette, La. (Acadiana HS)

55   Seth Fruge                    LB           6-0      208     Fr.-HS        Welsh, La. (Notre Dame HS)

56   Perry Riley                   LB           6-1      240     Sr.-3L         Ellenwood, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

57   Lamin Barrow            LB           6-2      209     Fr.-HS        Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

58   Tajh Jones                    LB           6-2      205     Fr.-HS        Sulphur, La. (Sulphur HS)

60   Will Blackwell            OG         6-4      298     So.-1L        West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)

61   Ben Domingue           OL          6-3      266     Fr.-HS        Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

62   Carneal Ainsworth   OL          6-4      296     Fr.-HS        Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist)

63   Richard Dugas           FB/OL 6-1      275     Jr.-SQ         Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X HS)

64   Patrick Lonergan       C             6-4      288     Fr.-RS        New Orleans, La. (Rummel HS)

65   Lyle Hitt                       OG         6-2      289     Sr.-2L         Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)

68   Josh Dworaczyk        OG         6-6      286     So.-1L        New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)

69   Stavion Lowe              OL          6-5      294     Fr.-HS        Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood HS)

70  Ciron Black                 OT          6-5      325     Sr.-3L         Tyler, Texas (Robert E. Lee HS)

71   Cordian Hagans        DL          6-4      285     Fr.-RS        Snellville, Ga. (Northview HS)

72   Alex Hurst                   OT          6-6      332     Fr.-RS        Bartlett, Tenn. (Arlington HS)

73   Thomas Parsons       OL          6-5      276     Fr.-RS        Canyon Lake, Texas (Smithson Valley HS)

74   Josh Williford             OL          6-7      345     Fr.-HS        Dothan, Ala. (Houston Academy)

75   Gregory Shaw            OT          6-5      289     So.-SQ       Hialeah, Fla. (Edward Pace HS)

76   Chris Faulk                 OL          OL      6-6      310             Slidell, La. (Northshore HS)

77   Josh Downs                 DL          6-1      275     Fr.-HS        Bastrop, La. (Bastrop HS)

78   Joseph Barksdale       OT          6-5      315     Jr.-2L          Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech HS)

79   Matt Branch                OL          6-6      246     Fr.-RS        Monroe, La. (Sterlington HS)

80   Terrance Toliver        WR         6-5      194     Jr.-2L          Hempstead, Texas (Hempstead HS)

81   TC McCartney            TE           6-3      220     So.-SQ       Boulder, Colo. (Fairview HS)

82   Karl Acker                   WR                                 Fr.-HS        Portland, Ore. (Grant HS)

83   Mitch Joseph               TE           6-5      261     So.-1L        New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)

83   Dennis Johnson         DL          6-1      304     So.-SQ       Amory, Miss. (Amory HS)

84   Rahim Alem               DE          6-3      254     Sr.-3L         New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)

85   Alex Russian              TE/SNP6-4     239     So.-1L        Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)

86   Chris Mitchell            WR         6-0      179     Sr.-3L         Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

87   Chancey Aghayere   DE          6-4      269     Fr.-RS        Garland, Texas (Garland HS)

88   Chase Clement           DE          6-5      255     Fr.-RS        Thibodaux, La. (E.D. White HS)

88   Ian Harding                WR         6-1      194     So.-SQ       New Orleans, La. (Fort Union Military)

89   Lavar Edwards          DT          6-4      280     Fr.-RS        Gretna, La. (Desire Street Academy)

90   Michael Brockers       DE          6-6      255     Fr.-HS        Houston, Texas (Chavez HS)

91   Charles Alexander    DT          6-3      310     Sr.-3L         Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

92   Drake Nevis                DT          6-1      294     Jr.-2L          Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

93   Bennie Logan             DE          6-3      272     Fr.-HS        Coushatta, La. (Red River HS)

94   Akiem Hicks               DL          6-6      300     Jr.-JC          Elk Grove, Calif. (Sacramento City CC)

95   Lazarius LevingstonDE          6-4      269     Jr.-2L          Ruston, La. (Ruston HS)

97   Al Woods                     DT          6-4      323     Sr.-3L         Elton, La. (Elton HS)

99   Sam Montgomery     DE          6-5      260     Fr.-HS        Greenwood, S.C. (Greenwood HS)

* Note: Heights and weights are from last year; they will be updated on Thursday.