Sophomore Brandon Harris and junior Anthony Jennings split first-team reps at quarterback “pretty evenly” during LSU’s second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday, said coach Les Miles. The coach, however, later said Harris had a “significant” advantage in snaps.
Here are more tidbits from the press conference:
- Maea in the mix: Freshman offensive guard Maea Teuhema worked with the first team during the scrimmage, Miles said. He said Teuhema, along with junior Ethan Pocic, worked at both left and right guard. “You could possibly see [Teuhema] out there in virtually every game,” he said.
- More on QBs: Miles said Harris completed 12 of 17 passes during the scrimmage, but Jennings threw more touchdowns. Harris added 16 yards on five rushes. “There’s real competition there, and I’m encouraging it,” Miles said of the QBs, who did not don green no-contact jerseys. “…Both guys are really improving.”
- Injury update: Miles gave no timetable for return for senior safety Jalen Mills, who suffered an ankle injury at Wednesday morning’s practice. Mills is aiming to play against Auburn in week 3.
- Filling in: With Mills out of the lineup, several players had a chance to make plays in his stead. Miles said junior safety Corey Thompson had a “great downhill tackle” on sophomore running back Leonard Fournette. Sophomore safety John Battle also made some “significant plays,” the coach said. Miles did not mention junior Rickey Jefferson, who is expected to take Mills’ spot in the starting lineup.
- Defense still ahead: For the second time in as many scrimmages, LSU’s defense got better of its offense. “We’re a pretty fast, physical defense,” Miles said. “We have a difficult time running and throwing against that first team defense.” Miles also said he was bothered by pre-snap penalties on offense, something that irked him in the first scrimmage last Saturday.
- Delahoussaye in the lead: Junior kicker Colby Delahoussaye is still in front of classmate Trent Domingue in the race to be the Tigers’ field-goal kicker. Delahoussaye held the starting job for most of last season before splitting time with Domingue in the final weeks.
- More stats: Miles said the offense gained 270 rushing yards and 250 passing yards. The QBs combined to throw seven TDs and one interception. Fournette picked up 100 rushing yards on 10 carries, and sophomore running back Darrel Williams added another 31 yards on eight attempts.