BATON ROUGE, La. — “Wheel of JaCoby Stevens” continues to be the preferred game show in the LSU football facility.
Stevens, the 5-star freshman who enrolled this spring as a safety but was moved to wide receiver in August camp, was back at his natural position for the first time this season during LSU’s Monday practice. Stevens had actually been working with the Tigers’ tight ends and fullbacks the last three weeks after his foray at receiver.
Stevens is possibly the most athletically gifted member of the freshman class, but the Tigers have not been able to get the ball to him. He only has two catches for 32 yards in three games.
The Tigers are without senior safety Ed Paris for the rest of the season, leaving redshirt freshman Eric Monroe as the listed backup at both free and strong safety. Stevens stood out in spring practice and appeared as if he might push John Battle for the starting role at strong safety.
Even when Paris was lost for the season last week, Ed Orgeron indicated Stevens would only be moved to safety in an “emergency situation.” Orgeron does not speak to the media again until Wednesday, so at this time it is too early to say whether Stevens is permanently moving back to his old position.
— Nick Suss (@nicksuss) October 2, 2017
Other LSU football practice observations
- Running back Derrius Guice is back practicing with the Tigers after sitting out the Troy game. Guice suffered an apparent sprained knee against Mississippi State and barely played the following week against Syracuse.
- The Tigers are glad Guice is back — fellow running back Darrel Williams was not at practice. Williams limped off the field late in the Troy game after picking up 69 yards on 17 carries.
- H-back J.D. Moore was back in practice. Moore also missed the Troy game.
- No. 2 nickel back Xavier Lewis was not at practice — another potential reason for Stevens to work out with the secondary.
- Defensive linemen Ed Alexander and Rashard Lawrence both practiced, a much-needed sight for LSU’s thin defensive front. Both missed the Troy game due to injury.
- Right tackle Toby Weathersby, who also missed the Troy game, was back at practice. Weathersby also made waves Sunday with a since-deleted Twitter post challenging critics of the LSU offensive line to a boxing match.
- Tight end Caleb Roddy practiced with the team for the first time this season. Roddy has been out all season due to apparent ineligibility or suspension. Roddy was in his regular No. 85 jersey rather than the practice squad uniform that has sometimes been worn by Frank Herron and Kristian Fulton this season. Herron and Fulton also haven’t played for presumed disciplinary reasons that have not been confirmed nor denied by Orgeron.
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