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August 14, 2013

Miles recaps first scrimmage

Rain caused LSU to hold its first scrimmage of the preseason indoors Wednesday morning.

According to Tigers coach Les Miles, there were 56 plays in the scrimmage. There were another 14 special-teams plays. The No. 1 units went against each other and also went against the No. 2 units. The scrimmage primarily consisted of red-zone and tight-zone situations.

"It was sloppy," Miles said. "We had penalties and we did not play like we like. We ran the football and threw the football with some understanding. The first defense is hard to go against. The defense looked awfully good at times and the offense looked awfully good at times.

"We are quick on defense. They had a push at the line of scrimmage. The defense tackled hard. We are throwing the ball better and we still have that pounding rush. That's a difficult issue for the defense if you can both pass and run. We probably ran the football more than throw it today."

LSU simply will have a walk-through Thursday as the team goes over mistakes from the scrimmage. The Tigers will practice twice Friday before holding their second preseason scrimmage Saturday.

Here is information concerning each position area based on Miles' post-scrimmage press conference.

WIDE RECEIVER

Miles mentioned four receivers as having good days - Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Travin Dural and Kevin Spears.

TIGHT END
Melvin Jones, who had been working at middle linebacker, has been switched to offense. He lined up at tight end, H-back and fullback in the scrimmage. The move to offense is permanent.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Miles said that tackle Jerald Hawkins was the player who had a medical issue at practice Monday afternoon. Miles said that it was a heat-related problem. According to Miles, Hawkins participated in the scrimmage Wednesday. The offensive line was called "a little nicked" by Miles. There was no additional news on the status of guard Josh Williford.

New start for two LSU running backs

QUARTERBACK
Miles said that Anthony Jennings took 16 snaps in the scrimmage and threw passes on ten of them. The offense had no turnovers.

RUNNING BACK
Miles was pleased with the running of Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue. Miles said that the fullback (J.C. Copeland) was improving. Jeremy Hill participated in the scrimmage. Jeryl Brazil took some snaps at tailback. Miles said that there was no information as to whether or not Hill will miss a game or games.

DEFENSIVE LINE
End Jermauria Rasco sat out the scrimmage, so Jordan Allen and Danielle Hunter were the two starters. Anthony Johnson was singled out by Miles as the most impressive player on defense. End Tashawn Bower and tackle Christian LaCouture are true freshmen who are close to nailing down spots in the playing rotation.

LSU freshman OL Ethan Pocic enjoys seamless transition

LINEBACKER
Miles pointed out that D.J. Welter is looking very good and continues to be the frontrunner at middle linebacker. The only other linebacker mentioned by Miles was Kwon Alexander. Miles confirmed that Trey Granier is transferring.

SECONDARY
Miles made little mention of the defensive backfield. He simply said that he likes the progress being made by Tre'Davious White and Rickey Jefferson.

SPECIAL TEAMS
According to Miles, the kickers were perfect on field goals until they went past the 50-yard line.



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