Les Miles: Anthony Jennings ‘pretty crisp’ in latest scrimmage _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles and quarterback Anthony Jennings talk during a timeout during the first half Nov. 27 in College Station, Texas.

It may be a battle that will be fought until the season opener against McNeese State, but during Saturday’s 130-play scrimmage, LSU junior quarterback Anthony Jennings won the afternoon over sophomore Brandon Harris.

“At quarterback, I think both guys are continuing to come, but I think today Jennings probably looked just a little bit more productive overall,” LSU coach Les Miles said during his post-scrimmage news conference.

Miles said Jennings was “pretty crisp with his passes,” noting the junior tossed a couple of touchdown throws.

The tone was a tad different when referring to Harris.

Though Miles said Harris made plays with both his legs and his arm, he said Jennings had the more productive day under center.

“When you get to the film and rotate guys, you wonder if the route was exactly the way it was supposed to be, do we have any protection issue? … all those pieces that you put together once you get film study,” Miles said. “I think (Harris is) more capable than what he showed today.”

Chark still scoring

Sophomore receiver D.J. Chark may be further down the depth chart at wide receiver for the Tigers, but that hasn’t stopped him from making noise in scrimmages this spring.

After catching a touchdown pass from Harris last weekend, Chark carried his momentum into Saturday, catching “two, maybe three touchdowns,” according to Miles.

Chark failed to make a reception during his freshman campaign, but he could fight for playing time in the fall if he continues to impress.

“To me, he really is much improved,” Miles said. “One thing about him is he has speed and ability, and he’s catching the ball better.”

Toliver, Paris impressing

With former LSU cornerback Jalen Collins darting for the 2015 NFL draft, a vacant spot in the secondary remains to be filled.

Based on their play this spring, freshman Kevin Toliver II and sophomore Ed Paris could push to occupy the opening.

“I think Toliver is a very, very talented guy,” Miles said. “I think Ed Paris is every bit as capable as any. There’s really good competition there. There are similarities between the two. They are both very physical, very tough guys, and both have great speed and ball skills. I think we’ll be fine at corner.”

Miles said he’s noticed a difference in Paris, who only made three total tackles during his freshman campaign last season.

“He’s night-and-day better,” Miles said. “He’s much more confident and much more ready. He wants to have the opportunity to start, so you can see he’s playing very aggressively.”


Miles said junior wide receiver Travin Dural also caught a touchdown pass on Saturday. … Freshman David Ducre of Lakeshore High has gotten playing time at both running back and fullback, Miles said. Ducre was ranked the No. 1 fullback in the nation by 247Sports. … Miles said freshman tight end Hanner Shipley caught two passes “for about 60 yards” on Saturday.