Published August 17, 2012 - 11:45am
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Two teams scrimmaged yesterday in LSU and Missouri, and here are the updates:
- Defense won the overall scrimmage
- QB Zach Mettenberger threw for 170 yards with five touchdowns passes
- Offense mostly worked in red zone and tight zone coverage
- LSU ground game ran for 300 yards
- Backup RBs Alfred Blue rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries, and Kenny Hilliard rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries
- RB Spencer Ware did not participate
- DBs Jalen Collins and Jalen Mills still battling for Tyrann Mathieu’s position
Les Miles spoke to the media after the scrimmage.
“I thought the defense played well,” Miles said. “I thought there was some really good tackling and I thought the guys up front got after it pretty good. I think the defense won the day, but I think that there was enough offense for us to overcome some of the mistakes that we made.”
- This team is very banged up as a whole
- Coach Pinkel was upset with the inconsistencies and injuries
- Three starters on offense and three on defense sat out due to injuries
- QB James Franklin had an ugly start, as he fumbled the opening snap under center and threw an interception
- Franklin came on strong towards the end of the scrimmage during the two-minute drill – he finished the day 16 of 25 for 177 yards, one TD and one INT
- Kendial Lawrence has distanced himself as the first team RB – he had seven carries for 39 yards
- WR Dorial Green-Beckham led the team with six catches for 68 yards
- Defensive line dominated the offensive line all day
Pinkel criticized Franklin after the scrimmage.
“He doesn’t play really well then all of a sudden he finishes like he’s going to be first-team All-SEC,” Pinkel said. “So, that’s disappointing. We’ll talk to James about that. He’s capable of being a great football player. We just need more consistency from beginning to end. We have to get that cleared up. That’s his responsibility as the starting quarterback at Missouri to do that. We’ll get that done.”