LSU spring practice passes midway point, Tigers gearing up for Saturday scrimmage

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One of LSU’s most important springs has already passed the halfway mark. The Tigers will hold their annual spring game April 5th, the earliest SEC team to do so.

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The Tigers are gearing up for a Saturday scrimmage, and the team will focus on third and long and third and medium.

Les Miles said the center-quarterback exchange was a problem last week, but they are working to overcome that, according to NOLA.com.

“It was a quality practice,” he said in his Thursday press briefing. “We need to be sharper. We’ve got some young centers. The center-quarterback exchange with the younger guys is kind of exciting, but it’s improving daily.”

Little information regarding the quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris and Hayden Rettig has been made public. Jennings has been taking the first-team snaps, but Harris has played well this spring. Redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig may be third on the depth chart at this point.

Practice Notes:

  • Kendell Beckwith has been moved from defensive end to linebacker, and he’s played really well. Beckwith is trying to beat out DJ Welter for the middle linebacker job. “He’s [Beckwith] got a great mentality for the game,” Miles said. “He’s a really big presence inside. He’s athletic enough to get his hands on balls, get the pick and defend the pass.”
  • Wide receiver John Diarse is limited in practice and will miss Saturday’s scrimmage due to a ‘small procedure he had done’. He’s expected to return Tuesday. LSU is really missing Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry this spring. Diarse, Avery Peterson and Kevin Spears are the three the Tigers are counting on. The offense will get a lift when Malachi Dupre, Tre Quinn, Tony Upchurch and DJ Clark get to campus this summer.
  • Miles said the Tigers plan to use tight ends DeSean Smith and Jacory Washington as ‘key pieces to the passing game’ this season.

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