LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all scrimmaged Saturday. Let’s look at some quick hitters and results:
- LSU’s spring forecast
- Les Miles didn’t give any stats during his post-scrimmage presser, but he indicated that Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris both completed long passes and combined for just under 300 yards.
- WR Travin Dural caught a long touchdown pass.
- RBs Terrance Magee and Kenny Hilliard ran hard. Hilliard scored two touchdowns; Magee sprained his ankle.
- Miles singled out DEs Danielle Hunter and Tashawn Bower, as well as DT Christian LaCouture.
- Miles expressed he’s expecting immediate impact from his talented recruiting class, saying ‘some will get first-team snaps’ immediately, especially offensive skill players.
What Les Miles said: “We’re still wanting to push the ball down the field. Both quarterbacks were sharp, the passing was very sharp. We dropped a couple of balls. The balls were right on the money and we caught a few balls.”
Ole Miss Rebels
- Ole Miss’ spring forecast
- The defense is ahead of the offense and won the scrimmage 15-14.
- QB Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes, one to Evan Engram, one to Laquon Treadwell and the last to Quincy Adeboyejo.
- QB DeVante Kincade threw a touchdown pass to Cody Core.
- Hugh Freeze said Laquon Treadwell is excited to be playing outside and replacing Donte Moncrief.
- The main backup QB competition sounds like it’s between DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan. Jeremy Liggins and Kendrick Doss sound like a distant third and fourth.
- OC Dan Werner says the quarterbacks are well ahead of where they were last year at this time.
- DC Dave Wommack says he loves the energy of the team and the competition has been great.
- Backup RBs Jordan Wilkins and Eugene Brazeley are running hard, and Wilkins is the largest back on the roster at 6-1, 209 pounds.
What Hugh Freeze said: “There were a lot of explosive plays. The defense took the ball away some. They stopped the run most of the day. There were some good things and a lot of things for us to build on. I told them after it was over, `Now, let’s add execution to attitude and effort for the next two weeks.'”
South Carolina Gamecocks
- South Carolina’s spring forecast
- Steve Spurrier said Dylan Thompson and Perry Orth had the best day at quarterback, and he added Connor Mitch didn’t have the best day, mainly due to the pass protection.
- Spurrier said Mike Davis, Shon Carson and Brandon Wilds wouldn’t get many carries this spring, but he added David Williams is very talented and could earn playing time this year.
- Pharoh Cooper excites Spurrier, but he added he may be getting too many snaps this spring.
- Lorenzo Ward said Spur Larenz Bryant is physical and looked good in spots, but he has a lot to learn before he’s a real contributor.
- Ward said Skai Moore has really been playing well and played well in the scrimmage.
- Ward said Brison Williams will start at free safety in the fall.
What Steve Spurrier said: “We’re just practicing, practicing a lot of the young guys. A lot of these walk-on kids are pretty good players. It’s sort of neat to have them out here. Quarterback-wise, Dylan (Thompson) threw some good ones and I think Perry Orth threw some good ones. Overall, it was sort of sloppy – about what you’d expect.”
- Vanderbilt’s spring forecast
- Defense is well ahead of offense in first spring scrimmage, and Mason said that’s expected, because the defense is more reacting to what the offense does.
- Defensive back Tre Bell and linebacker Jake Sealand posted turnovers.
- Defensive linemen Adam Butler, Vince Taylor and Barren Dixon all played well and pressured the pocket.
- QB Patton Robinette led the most impressive drive of the day that led to a score, and he completed 11 of 17 passes for 81 yards. Johnny McCrary completed 9 of 13 for 111 yards and one INT.
- RB Brian Kimbrow led the running backs with eight carries for 55 yards.
What Derek Mason said: “Defensively, for us it’s about a game of reacting… so guys can tee off a little bit,” Mason said. “At times that’s what you saw, but I’m definitely impressed with where we going. You always want to see what the guys are going to react in the stadium, and in front of some fans. This was an opportunity for these guys to step out and actually what they can do. Some guys did a great job holding up to it and other guys just need more work.”