LSU SCRIMMAGES FOR FINAL TIME; ATTENTION TURNS TO TCU
BATON ROUGE – LSU had
its final scrimmage of the preseason on Tuesday as the Tigers went
through a 150-play workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice
LSU now turns its attention to next week’s season-opener against TCU in Arlington, Texas.
Tigers and Horned Frogs kickoff at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 in the
Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.
had a good go at it,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We were able to get a
lot accomplished as we closed in on about 120 plays on offense and
defense with another 30 plays on special teams.
will be the style that an assistant coach will be able to correct from
and improve our football team. I like the position that we are in. The
scrimmage itself made it obvious that we are a talented team but there
are some things we need to correct.”
Miles said that while
he is not ready to name a starting lineup for the season-opener, the
scrimmages have given the staff a pretty good feel for which players
are in position to see action for the Tigers against TCU.
think we will take it all the way till game week before we decide our
two-deep,” Miles said. “I’m more set on who is going to play than who
Tuesday’s scrimmage was scripted and featured redzone,
tight zone, four-minute and two-minute offense. LSU also worked on all
phases of special teams.
Miles said the Tiger offense
managed to throw the ball for 250 yards along with 200 rushing yards.
However, some pre-snap penalties dampened what would have been a very
productive outing for the offense.
Miles said running back
Alfred Blue scored a pair of touchdowns and led the team in rushing.
Other offensive leaders included Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., and
Dillon Gordon with touchdowns. Miles said both Zach Mettenberger and
Anthony Jennings threw TD passes.
“We were sloppy and need
to get things right,” Miles said of the mistakes. “If we do that than
we will have the opportunity to beat a lot of teams. There are some
things we have to eliminate like pre-snap penalties and holding calls.
It’s the pre-snap penalties and those things that frustrate you as a
coach. They need to be corrected.”
continued to praise the play of the defensive line, in particular
sophomore Danielle Hunter and junior Jordan Allen.
defensive front continues to improve,” Miles said. “Danielle Hunter
made some plays today that I really liked. Jordan (Allen) is big,
strong and athletic. He didn’t really have the opportunities last year
because of the guys in front of him but now with another year in the
program he is a guy who will play really well. Our ends are going to be
Miles also said that the Tiger
linebackers are “fast, hard-hitting and might be the most athletic
group that we’ve had that position since we’ve been here.”
linebacker D.J. Welter had four tackles and a sack, while Allen had
five tackles and sack to pace the defensive effort for the Tigers.