LSU practice report: Tigers might be preparing for 2 Gators QBs this week

BATON ROUGE, La. — Just as LSU has, the Florida Gators have had some question marks at quarterback this season.

The Gators, who host LSU this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS, have cycled through Luke Del Rio and Malik Zaire before settling on redshirt freshman and former LSU commit Feleipe Franks, who is expected to start Saturday. To prepare for Franks, who’s completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 557 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception this season, LSU is practicing with former walk-on quarterback Caleb Lewis donning Franks’ No. 13 this week.

But Lewis isn’t the only LSU quarterback on scout team. Dual-threat freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse is wearing Gators’ blue this week too, emblazoned with a No. 17 across his chest. That number belongs to freshman athlete Kadarius Toney, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound jack knife who Florida has used as a runner, receiver and passer this season.

Toney is Florida’s second-leading receiver with 11 catches for 107 yards. The Gators’ leading receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who burned LSU for a 99-yard touchdown in 2016, has been ruled out for Saturday. But Toney isn’t just a pass catcher. He’s also rushed six times for 66 yards and a touchdown and thrown twice, completing one pass for 50 yards.

Expect Toney to figure into Florida’s offense in more than one way. Given the fact that Narcisse, a quarterback by trade, is playing Toney’s role in practice, all indication point to LSU expecting Toney to pass.

Other LSU practice observations

  • Right tackle Toby Weathersby returned to practice Wednesday after missing practice Tuesday. Weathersby, who didn’t play in the Tigers’ 24-21 loss to Troy last weekend, was wearing a non-contact gold jersey.
  • The only other non-quarterback wearing gold Wednesday was senior linebacker Corey Thompson. That means senior fullback J.D. Moore, junior defensive backs John Battle and Kevin Toliver and freshman right guard Ed Ingram all returned to full contact jerseys.
  • Running back Darrel Williams also returned to practice after missing the first two days of the week. He was cleared for contact and wearing a fully-participant white jersey.
  • Freshman JaCoby Stevens practiced with the defensive backs for the third day in a row. LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday morning that Stevens’ return to safety will be permanent. After spending two months on offense, however, Stevens may be a bit rusty. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond once had to ask Stevens to repeat a drill to get his form correct, which should be expected out of a player who hasn’t tackled since April.

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