LSU opens football camp

Updated: August 5, 2003, 7:57 PM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU football players reported for August camp Tuesday and began with a series of strength and conditioning tests.

All 104 players were issued equipment, had a physical and did a strength test in addition to some running as part of their conditioning tests.

"My general feeling is that the spirit of the team is good. I am sure we have a few guys a little bit overweight and maybe not in the kind of shape we would like for them to be," head coach Nick Saban said. "I certainly didn't see a lot of guys in poor shape. I did see a couple of guys in fantastic shape."

Saban announced that defensive back Jeff Cook has decided to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to play baseball, while defensive back Tory Hankton and quarterback Michael Harrison are no longer physically able to compete and will take a medical hardship. Saban also said that senior holder Blain Bech did not report to camp as he continues to have headaches, which keep him from competition at this time.

Saban also noted that the Tigers had 25 freshmen qualify and that DarylJohnson's status is still pending with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Tim Washington also came up short in gaining his eligibility as a freshman, Saban said.

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