LSU made progress on both sides of the football on Thursday as the Tigers went through their second scrimmage of the spring with a 90-play workout here in Tiger Stadium.
Thursday’s workout wrapped up the fourth week of spring practice for the Tigers as LSU has now gone through 11 of its 15 practices. The Tigers will take next week off for spring break before returning to action for their final week of spring practice on April 13. The annual LSU Spring Game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 18 in Tiger Stadium.
“There was some progress made today,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We are fortunate to have great weather this afternoon considering at noon I wouldn’t have given us much chance to be outside. The field was perfect and the footing was fast.
“It was a pretty even go; the offense made some plays and the defense made some plays. There were a lot of ones versus ones and twos versus twos. Progress was made, but we are a long way away.”
Thursday’s scrimmage saw each unit get approximately 30 snaps with another 30 snaps dedicated to special teams. The scrimmage was once again situational and saw the offense starting most of its drives at midfield. The Tigers closed the scrimmage with periods dedicated to goal line situations and the two-minute drill.
Five days after struggling against the defense, the LSU offense got on track Thursday as the Tigers accounted for three offensive touchdowns, two through the air and one on the ground.
“It was really night and day,” Miles said of the offensive performance. “We were really much more efficient. I don’t know that the day didn’t have something to do with it. The last time we scrimmaged there was gale forced winds that were not conducive to throwing the football and it early enough in the spring that we weren’t efficient running it.”
Some of the offensive highlights from Thursday’s scrimmage saw Keiland Williams scoring on an 18-yard TD run, while Brandon LaFell and Deangelo Peterson both caught TD passes from Jarrett Lee. LaFell’s TD reception came from 23-yards out, while Peterson hauled in a 25-yard scoring reception.
Richard Murphy led the rushing attack, finishing with 47 yards on six carries, including a 14-yard run to open the scrimmage. Williams added 25 yards on seven carries, while Charles Scott logged 20 yards on five attempts.
“I think Richard Murphy had a nice day running the football,” Miles said. “Keiland Williams has spent a lot of time around here and we need him to really compete. I think he had a run today that I thought looked different than runs before. It looked like he may well have stepped it up a bit.
“I like the way Charles Scott is competing. I think Charles is a big physical back and made some great cuts today.”
Once again, all four quarterbacks took snaps during the scrimmage.
“The quarterbacks were pretty even,” Miles said. “Jarrett Lee threw a few more completed passes and Jordan Jefferson made a couple of nice throws.
“Russell Shepard played well at times. Any time you give reps to a true freshman, you expect it to take some time to learn. I think he’s going to be an exciting addition to our team, it’s just a matter of seeing where he fits.”
Defensively, safety Chad Jones led the unit with four tackles, one tackle for a loss and an interception. Harry Coleman had five tackles and Karnell Hatcher added three stops. Pep Levingston paced the defensive line with three tackles, two of which went for losses.
“Drake Nevis looked very good and made some plays on the defensive side.” Miles said. “Chad Jones adds a big, tall, roving body back there. You put a ball up in the air and he is going to come down with it. He had a nice day.”