"I'm looking to be on the field more and make more plays," Smelley said. "Everybody in that tight end room, we're looking to make plays and be a big factor in the offense and play our role well." But he knows his role often involves lead blocking from the backfield. "There's definitely some dirty work involved in that," Smelley said.
There’s no mistaking Michael Williams for Brad Smelley. At 6-foot-6, 269 pounds, Williams could pass for a left tackle, while his fellow Alabama tight end stands 6-3 and weights 229. Together, they play two important, yet fairly different roles in a pro-style Tide offense that values tight end contributions. In terms of pass catching, the pair is shooting for a bump in production.
As the "lead dog," Richardson approaches his role with genuine concern to help improve teammates, who will one day replace him. Richardson is facing an interesting challenge. Not only is he replacing 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, but he also must bring along less experienced players. The loss of transfers of Demetrius Goode and Corey Grant suddenly left a deep backfield with less depth. When asked, Richardson speaks encouragingly of the progress being made. He likes the versatility of Blake Sims and the improvements of true freshman Brent Calloway.
The East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney said he is pursuing charges against two men involved in a June 5 fight with LSU football players Zach Mettenberger and Sam Montgomery in which a loaded gun was pointed at the players. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said charges will likely be filed against Marcus Adams, 22, and Robert Davis, 31, within the next two weeks. Montgomery and Davis got into a fight following an argument in the parking lot of the West Campus Apartments, prompting Davis’ friend, Adams, to pull out a gun, the LSU Police incident report says.
QB Mark Brunell (calf), OL Trevor Canfield (knee) and TE Jeff Cumberland (hamstring) did not practice and will not play Saturday, Ryan said. Brunell has not seen any action this preseason, but Ryan said that does not bother him. "This is his 19th year, and he was with us all last year," Ryan said. "I probably would have been much more concerned had he not been with us last year, but the fact this offense is not new to him now, I feel OK about that. I like the way our young guy Greg (McElroy) is coming around, so I'm not too concerned with that."