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BATON ROUGE – LSU went through an abbreviated scrimmage as part of its regular practice routine here Thursday as the Tigers held their final workout before taking the next week off for spring break.
After Thursday's workout, the Tigers are now six practices in to spring drills. LSU returns to the practice field on March 29. The National L-Club Spring Game is slated for April 16 at 3 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
"We had a nice little scrimmage today," LSU coach Les Miles said following the workout. "No more than about 30 minutes with some special teams and live tackle football. We included a partial practice. We got a lot done, but we will take a break now and go off to spring break.
"We will bring them back on Monday (March 28) and run them and get them going. With six practices into spring, we are a team that need some corrections. We are not there yet, but we are talented, capable and will be better."
Miles said the Tigers opened the scrimmage with All-America running back Leonard Fournette taking the first snap for a 50-yard gain. Miles also complimented the play of defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, defensive end Arden Key and linebacker Duke Riley.
Miles was asked about the play of the linebacker position, in particular that of rising senior Kendell Beckwith, who was held out on Thursday as he continues to recover from a minor injury.
"Kendell could have played (had this been a game)," Miles said. "He'll take spring break and then come back and be fine for the remainder of the spring."
Beckwith's absence has allowed some of LSU's newcomers, including Devin White, to get additional reps at linebacker.
"Devin White has really looked good and Duke (Riley) is continuing to improve," Miles said. "Arden Key is having a really nice spring. Savion Smith will be a really good player. We have some guys who needed to start spring a little better. I think the break will really help some guys re-gear they focus and hit it hard."
Offensively, Miles said the Tigers continue to focus on the passing game and that quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Danny Etling seem to improve with each practice.
"We continue to throw the ball," Miles said. "We threw more than 50 percent of the time (today). I don't know if today was their most spectacular day, but we threw and caught a number of deep balls.
"We can improve there pretty quickly and our approach on a couple of throws. If we do that, we are just where we want to be."
Finally, Miles said that he left his players with the following message as they take the next week off for spring break.