LSU holds 1st scrimmage

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BATON ROUGE — LSU held its first scrimmage of the preseason here Wednesday as the Tigers went through an abbreviated 56-play workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers used the first half of Wednesday’s session as a regular practice, followed by the situational scrimmage.

In the scrimmage, LSU focused on red zone and tight zone situations as well as all phases of special teams. Statistics were not released.

LSU will have its first full-scale scrimmage of camp Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium.

“I certainly enjoyed the work,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a news release. “We were sloppy, we had penalties, and we’re not playing exactly how we’d like. But what we can do is run the football and throw it with some understanding, and our defense is very difficult to handle.

“I like where we are at. Again, we are not ready to play a football game, but we certainly will be. Boy, that defense looked awfully good at times. Offensively, we looked awfully good at times. It’s a work in progress, but we have some weapons.”

The scrimmage featured a combination of 1s vs. 1s and 1s vs. 2s at different times.

Offensively, the Tigers primarily ran the ball but appeared to be effective behind senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger when they did throw it.

“I think we are throwing the ball better than we have,” Miles said. “I think we are still pounding the rush, and that’s the difficult issue for defenses. We probably ran the football more than we threw it today, but when we threw it, we threw it for completions and very well.

“So we still enjoy handing the ball off, and I think that’s what’s making our passing game really difficult to deal with. And, I think (offensive coordinator) Cam’s (Cameron) given some expertise in that area of the game that we needed.”

Miles singled out the offensive play of its wide receiving corps, led by juniors Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

“Odell Beckham had a big day and (Jarvis) Landry had a big day,” Miles said. “We ran the football well with Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue each having some really nice carries. The offensive line is a little nicked but playing very well.”

Defensively, Miles said he was pleased with the play of the defensive front, led by junior Anthony Johnson.

“Anthony Johnson is very tough to block, and the ends played hard and aggressive,” Miles said. “I like us. I think we’re coming. Anytime you see a partial scrimmage, a situation where you are down tight to the goal line, it becomes hard to figure out what was a long drive and what wasn’t. But, we didn’t have a turnover. That’s the offensive good news. And defensive, wish we’d had some.”

LSU Football Notebook

—Freshman Melvin Jones has switched sides of the ball and now is working out at tight end and fullback.

—Redshirt freshman linebacker Trey Granier has left the team and is expected to transfer to an in-state Football Championship Subdivision school. Miles said of Granier: “He’s a quality person. He did everything we asked him to do, and he did it very well. We just have a different path at this point, and we wish him the very best.”

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