July 26, 2006

Ridley soaking up camp instruction

LSU running back commitment Stevan Ridley of Trinity Episcopal High in Natchez, Mississippi has been participating and learning at the LSU Les Miles Tiger Football camp since Sunday as the camp ends today. However, Tuesday night he was at home nursing some sore hamstrings.

"My coaches wanted me to come home and ice them but I will be back at the camp in the morning," Ridley said. "The camp is going good, I really am liking it a lot."

Ridley (6-0, 225) does it all for Trinity Episcopal as he almost never leaves the field. Offensively he had over 2,300 all-purpose yards including 1,800 yards rushing with 22 touchdowns. Defensively from his linebacker spot, he recorded 85 total tackles with 36 of those being of the solo variety.

The camp has been positive for Ridley in that he has tried to soak up as much from LSU running backs coach Larry Porter as possible.

"They have been doing a lot of the small things. Ball technique, holding the ball, practicing on your first step and making sure it's not a false step," Ridley said. "That is the main thing that I am focusing on is making sure the first step is a step forward rather than a stutter step backwards. Sometimes you take that step back because you feel like you are going to put all that power into it but it is wasted energy."

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