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Posted: Monday, 05 August 2013 7:24AM

Miles plans to experiment during LSU fall camp



The Tigers hit the practice field today for the first time in fall camp.

LSU has a two-deep depth chart for the upcoming season listed on page 6 of the media guide. It gives the media and fans an idea where certain players stand as the team begins camp this week. But that two-deep depth chart will look different once the Tigers play TCU on August 31st.

When Coach Miles met with the media on the day 103 players reported for camp, the mad hatter expressed the desire to experiment and move some players around to see if they may perform better at a different position.

"I'm going to grab guys and throw em over here and over there," Miles said. "I'm going to see what they got. I'm going to have this guy run the ball, this guy catch the ball, see if this guy can play corner, this guy play safety, I'm going to look at it differently."

Miles didn't mention any specific players, but here a few examples.

Jeryl Brazil of Loranger has great speed and you can bet Miles wants to utilize that speed. He's listed as a defensive back, but he's a player that could make an impact on either side of the ball. At Loranger, he played quarterback, running back, and cornerback.

Kendell Beckwith from East Feliciana High School is a physical specimen at 6-3, 225 pounds. He'll likely start out at outside linebacker, but could get reps on the defensive line as a pass rushing specialist.

On the offensive line, Vadal Alexander started nine games at right tackle last season. But the coaches may look to see if Alexander can line-up at guard, so that Jerald Hawkins can get some snaps at right tackle.

Because of the suspension to running back Jeremy Hill, the Tigers have just three tailbacks. To provide more depth there, Miles may see if former Neville star John Diarse can carry the ball out of the backfield. Diarse was Neville's quarterback last season and rushed for 1,327 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior campaign.

Photo by Steve Franz, LSU Athletics

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