The Tigers, in their fourth practice of the spring and first in full pads, conducted a 100-play scrimmage at Tigers Stadium.
Miles said quarterbacks Harris and Anthony Jennings split first team reps “50-50.” While Miles wouldn’t say if one QB played better than the other, Harris appears to have played better. He threw two touchdown passes to Jennings’ one but also threw the one interception.
“I’d have to see the statistics a little bit more,” Miles said. “Might give (Harris) the edge today.”
Fournette scored a touchdown on a “long run to start the scrimmage,” Miles said.
Safety Corey Thompson “should be back soon,” Miles said. Thompson has not practiced this spring as he still has lingering issues from his ACL surgery more than a year ago. The coach suggested that he had a second procedure on the knee recently that wasn’t “significant.”
DE Deondre Clark, poked in the eye earlier this week, could have played in the scrimmage Saturday but was held out for precautionary reasons, Miles said.
LSU has been rotating its offensive linemen. Ethan Pocic, at center mainly, has been playing some right tackle, and Vadal Alexander, at right tackle, has been then moved to left guard, his position last season.
When this happens, Andy Dodd has played center. Basically, sounds like LSU’s offensive line will be one of these two:
LT Hawkins, LG Clapp/Malone, C Pocic, RG Brumfield, RT Alexander
LT Hawkins, LG Alexander, C Dodd, RG Brumfield, RT Pocic
Travin Dural, Trey Quinn and D.J. Chark caught the three touchdown passes Saturday, Miles said.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has not only been working with linebackers, his position group. He’s working with safeties as well, Miles said. “In a teaching progression, that free safety and Mike (linebacker) have to be on the same page,” Miles said.
Miles called the scrimmage “sloppy.” First team got 40 snaps, second got 40 and third team got 20 snaps. “Penalties slowed drives, alignment mistakes, basic first scrimmage … a lot like our first scrimmages we’ve had in the past.”
Miles said the offense’s tempo was faster. Maybe it’s something the Tigers are trying with their offense? “I think our tempo is a little faster. I think our guys enjoy a little faster tempo,” he said. “Quarterbacks are coming and I think the offense is helping them come.”
Has LSU changed its offense with regard to audibles? Sounds like it. Miles said an assistant coach “many times” can call a run/pass audible for the quarterback. “It will be interesting to see if it helps him more or hinders him,” Miles said.
St. Paddy’s Day is Tuesday. Les Miles won’t be celebrating (LSU has practice), but he will enjoy driving home he said:
I enjoy driving home on St. Paddy’s Day. It appears to be there’s a lot of fun being had on College (Drive). Just driving down the road, it appears there’s a lot of people who wear green accidentally and happen to be very festive, if not belligerent.