Miles on LSU’s first scrimmage: ‘Sloppy, but I like us’

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The Tigers held their first 56-play scrimmage yesterday in LSU’s indoor practice facility, and sloppy was the one adjective Les Miles used to describe the results. His comments seemed to point towards the defense as having the upper hand, via NOLA.

“We were sloppy, we had penalties, we’re not playing exactly how we’d like,” Miles said. “What we can do is run the football and throw it with some understanding, and that first defense is very difficult to handle.

“I like where we’re at. We’re not ready to play a football game but we certainly will be.”

The scrimmage focused on red zone and tight zone situations, and Miles singled out receivers Travin Dural, Jarvis Landry, Kevin Spears and Odell Beckham as having good days for the receivers. He singled out defensive tackle Anthony Johnson specifically.

“Anthony Johnson is very tough to block,” Miles said. “The ends played hard and aggressive. I like us.”

Danielle Hunter and Jordan Allen ran with the first team at defensive end, and the success along the defensive front could be attributed to some ‘shuffling’ on the offensive line. Miles also discussed freshmen defensive linemen Tashawn Bower and Christian LaCouture. Since OG Josh Williford’s concussion, Vadal Alexander moved from right tackle to left guard, and Jerald Hawkins moved to right tackle.

“We’re throwing the ball better,” he said. “We’re still pounding the rush. That’s the difficult issue for defenses. We ran the ball more than we threw it but when we threw it, we got completions. We still enjoy handing the ball off and that’s what’s making our passing game difficult to deal with. Cam (Cameron) is giving us expertise in that end of the game that we really needed.”

Other notes:

  • Miles likes backup QB Anthony Jennings, and he performed well in 10 of his 16 snaps.
  • He wasn’t asked to comment on Zach Mettenberger and didn’t offer up any of his own.
  • Miles confirmed that Jeremy Hill did take some snaps.
  • Freshman speedster Jeryl Brazil worked at running back and cornerback.

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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