It’ll be Saturday night in Death Valley — a quiet one.
LSU will hold its first scrimmage of preseason camp — closed to the media and public — on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Quarterback Brandon Harris will get the first snaps with the starters, coach Les Miles said Friday, and linebacker Lamar Louis will return to full participation.
The scrimmage will include about 100 plays — 50 for the first string and 50 for the second — Miles said. The focus, the coach said: blocking, tackling, ball security and third-down situations. Oh, and the quarterbacks could be live for portions of the scrimmage.
“You may find we’ll rough up the quarterbacks a little bit early,” Miles said.
Jennings will “take some first-string snaps,” the coach said, but Harris will begin the scrimmage with the No. 1s — an expected move in the on-going quarterback competition between the duo. Harris has taken the first reps and most of the snaps with the No. 1 group for the first week into preseason camp, though Miles won’t name him as the leader.
The scrimmage was originally scheduled for Saturday morning but was moved to allow players more rest. They get to sleep in.
Louis, still wearing a green non-contact jersey for a pectoral strain, will be live in the scrimmage, Miles said. The projected starter at strong-side linebacker, Louis has participated fully in practice this week, Miles has said.
Media were only allowed to view about 15-20 minutes of the first four days of camp. Practices were completely closed starting Monday.
‘I love playing Texas Hold’em’
Miles admitted Friday that he plays poker — on his phone and at the tables.
“I love playing Texas Hold’em,” he said. “I do it in the summer time, and occasionally I do it over at the casino, like real poker.”
He has a Texas Hold’em application on his phone that occupies him, mostly outside of football season, the coach said. He equated the game’s distraction on him to interview sessions being a distraction to players.
Two player interview sessions scheduled for this week were canceled. Miles said he wants players focused on football and Saturday’s scrimmage.
Heat trimming Fournette
Running back Leonard Fournette, before camp opened last week, weighed in five pounds heavier than he said he weighed earlier this summer, according to the school’s updated weights on its roster.
Fournette, at SEC media days, said he weighed 225 pounds. He weighed in at 230. Miles, on Friday, mentioned Fournette’s weight when asked about the running back, suggesting that the heat of preseason camp is helping the sophomore drop the pounds.
“I think he’s really kind of rounding into shape, if you will,” Miles said. “The heat’s good for him. It leans him up some.”
Fan Day festivities
LSU’s football fan day will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Carl Maddox Field House and basketball practice facility. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Miles, the offense and offensive coaching staff will sign autographs in the Maddox Field House, while the defense, defensive staff and special teams will be in the basketball practice facility.
The LSU women’s soccer and volleyball teams will meet with fans from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Field House, while Mike the Tiger and LSU cheerleaders will be on hand from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
No coolers or chairs will be allowed into either facility and fans are limited to one autograph item per person.
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