It was a big Saturday for the offense, especially the running backs, in LSU’s second scrimmage of preseason camp.
Derrius Guice broke off a 60-yard run on the first play, finishing with 102 rushing yards on nine carries, according to the stats provided by the university. But Guice wasn’t the only running back with a big day. Darrel Williams also racked up a solid 4.75 yards per carry and a pair of touchdowns.
“We just completed a fantastic preseason game No. 2,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “I thought our guys were highly spirited and prepared. I thought our coaches prepared our guys well and it showed.
“Our offense dominated most of the day today. I thought they came out with a great physical mindset. Darrel was a dominant player today and Derrius continues to have a fantastic camp.”
Though Orgeron said the offense dominated, the quarterback completion and turnover numbers leave a lot to be desired in the passing game. It does appear that the Tigers’ quarterback competition is down to Danny Etling and Myles Brennan. And it also appears that Brennan had the better day of the two Saturday. He threw for 107 yards and one TD, while Etling threw for 114 yards with two INTs. Brennan hit Mannie Netherly on a 60-yard TD pass.
While Etling is still the leader, Brennan did get some first-team snaps and will be a factor. How big of a factor remains to be seen.
“Danny (Etling) is our starting quarterback right now,” Orgeron said. “Nobody has beaten him out. Myles (Brennan) did practice a couple of snaps with the first team today and did well.”
Coach O complemented the Tigers offensive line, which consisted of KJ Malone at LT, Garrett Brumfield at LG, Lloyd Cushenberry at OC, Ed Ingram at RG and Toby Weathersby at RT.
“I thought the offensive line blocked very well,” Orgeron said. “This is the first time that Toby has scrimmaged and gone full speed all camp, and you could tell the difference in our blocking. I was very pleased with the way the offensive line performed today.”
Here are the final scrimmage stats:
- Darrel Williams: 16 carries, 76 yards, 2 TDs
- Derrius Guice: 9 carries, 102 yards, TD
- Nick Brossette: 13 carries, 54 yards
- Danny Etling: 8-18, 114 yards, 2 INTs
- Myles Brennan: 4-8, 107 yards, TD
- DJ Chark: 3 catches, 52 yards
- Derrick Dillon: 2 catches, 52 yards
- Jacoby Stevens: 2 catches, 37 yards
- Caleb Roddy: 2 catches, 5 yards
- Mannie Netherly: 1 catch, 60 yards, TD