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August 19, 2014

Good afternoon for first units

LSU coach Les Miles was obviously happy with both the offense and defense following his team's final preseason scrimmage Tuesday afternoon.

It would appear to be difficult for a head coach to be very pleased with both sides of the football in an intrasquad scrimmage. What took place in the indoor facility was that the No. 1 units went against the No. 2 units for most of the afternoon. So, that's how both offense and defense could perform well.

Miles started off his comments about the scrimmage with an evaluation of quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Miles didn't offer any indication about the starter for the opener against Wisconsin.

"Both quarterbacks threw the ball well," Miles said. "There has been no separation of one from the other. Both provided a high level of execution. The opportunity is there to see both play vs. Wisconsin. We still have several practices this week and a full game week. We can wait to name a starter."

Miles heaped the most praise on the four tailbacks, particularly Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard.

"Our four tailbacks are very, very talented," Miles said. "(No.) 18 (Magee) and Kenny were very special backs today. Magee ran very hard. Hilliard had 100-plus yards. Leonard Fournette gives us a strong back to choose from. Darrel Williams also ran hard. We have four capable running backs."

Freshmen Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre were mentioned by Miles as receivers who caught some passes. Miles also said that the tight ends caught ball well. When asked, Miles called out three tight ends - Dillon Gordon, DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter.

Miles was quite satisfied with the work of the offensive line. Center and right guard are the two spots where the starter is not decided.

"We moved around a number of guys on the offensive line," Miles said. "Hoko Fanaika and Evan Washington will be the two guys at right guard. Washington can play at four spots (every position but center). Ethan Pocic is looking forward to playing a lot of football (at center) in the first game."

The No. 1 defensive line had its way against the backups on the offensive front. Throughout August practice, Miles has praised the work of the defensive tackles. Quentin Thomas participated in Tuesday's scrimmage.

"Our first defense tackled well," Miles said. "It was difficult to get balls off against them. We have a special defense. Quentin Thomas played a lot of football. He has full range of motion. Frank Herron still did well and Christian LaCouture did the same. That defensive line really gets up the field."

Miles updated freshman defensive tackle Travonte Valentine's situation. It seems that Valentine is still a few days from joining the team.

"Valentine will probably show up here (for practice) in two or three days," Miles said. "He has another administrative hurdle to go through, which includes the (Southeastern) conference. This is for guys who qualify late."

LSU will be off Wednesday before getting into preparations for the opener against Wisconsin.


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