LSU coach Les Miles provided conflicting comments on his starting quarterback competition following the team’s second scrimmage of preseason camp, but, either way, sophomore Brandon Harris appears to continue to hold the lead in the battle.
Miles on Saturday said Harris received “significantly” more snaps with the first string at the scrimmage than Anthony Jennings, but the coach also said the two QBs split reps evenly.
“Pretty evenly,” he said when asked. “Brandon Harris had the advantage significantly. All in all, it was pretty close.”
Miles, more coy this camp than normal, said Harris went 12 for 17 passing in the scrimmage, which was held at Tiger Stadium and was closed to media and the public. The coach did not provide stats for Jennings, but said the junior “probably threw more touchdowns” than Harris in the scrimmage.
A back-and-forth battle for much of the last year, LSU’s starting quarterback competition found a new leader over the summer, as Harris has surged ahead. He continues to take most of the first-string snaps in practice.
Miles has refused to name Harris as the starter or the leader in the battle – and he avoided doing it again Saturday.
“I think there’s real competition there and I’m encouraging it,” Miles said when asked if Harris has separated himself. “I think they’re both improving, and I think they need to improve.”
Maea Teuhema with the starters
Freshman offensive lineman Maea Teuhema is practicing with the starters at both guard spots, and he may play in “virtually every game,” Miles said on Saturday.
LSU’s offensive line seemed set entering preseason camp: LT Jerald Hawkins, LG Ethan Pocic, C Will Clapp, RG Josh Boutte, RT Vadal Alexander. But the Tigers might be experimenting.
Teuhema has been working at left and right guard, with the starting group, the coach said. Pocic has been working at left guard and center.
“I think you could possibly see him out there in virtually every game,” Miles said of Teuhema, the brother of defensive lineman Sione Teuhema and a guy ranked as high as the No. 1 guard in the nation in the 2015 class.
‘We’ll miss Jalen’
Miles, in his first comments since Jalen Mills’ significant ankle injury earlier this week, did not provide a return date for the senior safety or specify his injury.
Mills had his ankle rolled on by another player during practice Wednesday. His mother told The Advocate that he’d miss the first two games of the season.
“Certainly, we’ll miss Jalen,” Miles said. “It’s never good news when you lose a really quality player and a guy that knows the secondary inside and out and you hope you only lose him for a very short time.”
Miles classified Mills’ injury as a “lower leg injury.” Mills’ mother, Kisa, said her son suffered a sprain.
Quinn still out
Receiver Trey Quinn did not participate in Saturday’s scrimmage, Miles said, while he recovers from a head injury suffered in last week’s scrimmage.
Quinn took a hit from defensive lineman Lewis Neal during last week’s scrimmage. Quinn said he did not suffer a concussion, but the injury has kept him out another week.
Travin Dural, who missed last week’s scrimmage with back spasms, is back healthy, but did not participate in the scrimmage because of family obligations, Miles said.
Miles said LSU rushed for 270 yards and threw for 250 in the scrimmage. RB Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards on 10 carries, Miles said, and Darrel Williams had 31 yards on eight carries. … Colby Delahoussaye has the lead in LSU’s field-goal kicking job, Miles said Saturday. He’s been competing with Trent Domingue. … Miles indicated that new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be in the press box, along with OC Cam Cameron, during games.
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