Les Miles called it “imperfect.” Brandon Harris said it was “aggressive.”
Whatever the game plan was in the 21-19 win over Mississippi State last Saturday, LSU’s coach and sophomore quarterback refused to label it conservative.
Harris attempted just 14 passes for 71 yards, and the Tigers had 47 rushes, but the quarterback said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called “well over 25” passing plays during the game. The large amount of runs came from the quarterback checking to a running play based on defensive alignments and blitzes.
“A lot of pass plays were called at the line of scrimmage, and we had some blitz looks and some things where I don’t think we could have picked it up because we had a lot of guys going out for passes,” Harris said. “So at the line of scrimmage we checked into run plays, and those run plays broke off for 14 yards. ...That’s a positive.”
Harris went 9-of-14 through the air and scrambled on a couple other dropbacks. If Cameron called 25 passes, that means the sophomore audibled to a run on at least seven or eight plays. Though Harris has the freedom to check into different plays at the line of scrimmage, he still must confirm the call with Cameron, who coaches from the press box.
“He may be seeing something that I don’t see because he’s got a better viewpoint than I do upstairs,” Harris said.
Washington to return to practice
LSU was only three players deep at defensive end against MSU, but that number may rise sooner rather than later.
Injured freshman defensive end Isaiah Washington will practice this week, Miles said. Washington broke his hand during preseason practice and did not travel to Starkville, Mississippi, last Saturday.
“That’s good news because he’s got great speed and gives you some quickness there,” Miles said.
The Tigers employed a three-man rotation at defensive end that consisted of juniors Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower and true freshman Arden Key. Sophomore Sione Teuhema only played a few downs.
Early in preseason practice, Miles predicted Washington, along with Key, would see significant playing time as freshmen. Washington is listed behind Neal, Teuhema and sophomore Deondre Clark on the depth chart.
Domingue starting kicker
Junior Trent Domingue will be the Tigers’ starting placekicker moving forward, Miles confirmed Monday.
Domingue kicked all three of LSU’s extra points against the Bulldogs. He was locked in a position battle with last year’s starter, Colby Delahoussaye, throughout preseason camp but appears to have a firm hold on the starting job. Delahoussaye isn’t out of the picture, though.
Miles said he would be surprised if Delahoussaye didn’t attempts some kicks this season.
Running back Leonard Fournette credited his offensive line for opening up big holes following his career night against MSU. The Southeastern Conference followed suit not long after.
Junior center Ethan Pocic and Fournette each won SEC Player of the Week honors for their efforts against the Bulldogs, the league announced Monday.
Fournette earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week after racking up career-highs in rushing attempts (28), yards (159) and rushing touchdowns (three). He averaged 5.6 yards per carry behind the Pocic-led offensive line.
The conference named Pocic the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. He recorded a career-best 16 knockdowns and didn’t allow a sack or quarterback pressure while playing all but one of LSU’s 60 offensive snaps.
Bright and early
LSU will kick off its Sept. 26 game at Syracuse at 11 a.m.
The matchup, which will be the Tigers’ second straight day game, will air on either ABC or ESPN. The first day game will be Saturday against No. 18 Auburn, which is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. LSU has never visited the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., and this will be the earliest kickoff for the Tigers since 2012.