LSU goes through first scrimmage of preseason camp

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:26pm

LSU held its first scrimmage of the preseason here Wednesday as the Tigers went through an abbreviated 56-play workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers used the first half of Wednesday’s session as a regular practice followed by the situational scrimmage. The scrimmage saw LSU focus on redzone and tight zone situations as well as working on all phases of special teams. Statistics were not released.

LSU will have its first full-scale scrimmage of camp on Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium.

“I certainly enjoyed the work,” LSU coach Les Miles said following the workout. “We were sloppy, we had penalties and we’re not playing exactly how we’d like. But what we can do is run the football and throw it with some understanding, and our defense is very difficult to handle.

“I like where we are at. Again, we are not ready to play a football game, but we certainly will be. Boy that defense looked awfully good at times. Offensively we looked awfully good at times. It’s a work in progress, but we have some weapons.”

The scrimmage featured a combination of 1s vs. 1s and 1s vs. 2s at different times.

Offensively, the Tigers primarily ran the ball, but appeared to be very effective behind senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger when they did throw it during the scrimmage.

“I think we are throwing the ball better than we have,” Miles said. “I think we are still pounding the rush, and that’s the difficult issue for defenses. We probably ran the football more than we threw it today, but when we threw it, we threw it for completions and very well.

“So we still enjoy handing the ball off, and I think that’s what’s making our passing game really difficult to deal with. And, I think (offensive coordinator) Cam’s (Cameron) given some expertise in that area of the game that we needed.”

Miles singled out the offensive play of its wide receiving corps, which is led by a pair of juniors in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

“Odell Beckham had a big day and (Jarvis) Landry had a big day,” Miles said. “We ran the football well with Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue each having some really nice carries. The offensive line is a little nicked, but playing very well.”

Defensively, Miles said he was pleased with the play of the defensive front, led by junior Anthony Johnson.

“Anthony Johnson is very tough to block and the ends played hard and aggressive,” Miles said. “I like us. I think we’re coming. Anytime you see a partial scrimmage, a situation where you are down tight to the goal line, it becomes hard to figure out what was a long drive and what wasn’t. But we didn’t have a turnover. That’s the offensive good news. And defensive, wish we’d had some.”

LSU Football Notebook

· Freshman Melvin Jones has switched sides of the ball and is now working out at both tight end and fullback.

· Redshirt freshman linebacker Trey Granier has left the team and is expected to transfer to an in-state FCS school. Miles said of Granier, “he’s a quality person. He did everything we asked him to do, and he did it very well. We just have a different path at this point and we wish him the very best.”

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