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August 16, 2014

No decision in Saturday scrimmage




LSU coach Les Miles was his usual coy self in the post-scrimmage press conference Saturday afternoon.

But, Miles is usually able to identify a winning side for the day's work. Miles couldn't declare whether the offense or the defense was the better unit during Saturday's 120-play scrimmage.

"The scrimmage was very competitive," Miles said. "It is hard to say who won - offense or defense. It was a physical day. The temperature was hotter than hell. On days like this, you find out the guys who made make plays for you. It was a very beneficial day."

As is Miles' policy, no individual statistics from the scrimmage were released. According to Miles, there were three touchdown passes and one interception (by walk-on Austin Suits). He said the quarterbacks threw 40 to 45 passes with 20 completions - certainly not a desirable percentage.

Miles said that nine receivers caught passes. He indicated that four backs carried the ball 14 times each. Reportedly, wide receivers Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre and running back Terrence Magee sat out the scrimmage. Miles said Leonard Fournette had a long run on a busted play against the scout team.

Miles did give the numbers for defensive end Danielle Hunter - nine tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage. He praised the work of three other defensive players - linebackers D.J. Welter and Kendell Beckwith and cornerback Rashard Robinson.

"Kenny Hilliard is poised to have a really big year," Miles said. "He was the leading rusher with about 60 yards. Leonard went a long way on a busted play. I don't even know if you want to count that yardage. Darrel Williams is going to be a very, very good back.

"The offensive line came off the football against that defense. It was really competitive when the No. 1 offensive line went against the No. 1 defensive line. It was nip and tuck. The defense made (offense) earn it when they moved the ball."

Miles gave very little insight into the quarterback derby between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. He did say that he is not ready to name a starting quarterback for the opener against Wisconsin in two weeks.

"The quarterbacks both played well," Miles said. "The one interception came at the very end of the two-minute (offense) on fourth down. That was on me. Both quarterbacks are improved. Neither quarterback had a turnover."

Miles said that defensive tackle Quentin Thomas didn't participate in the scrimmage. But, he left open the possibility that Thomas could take part in Tuesday's scrimmage.


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