BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said quarterback Joe Burrow and the offense moved the ball well in the first half of the Tigers’ second scrimmage, but the defense took control in the second half.
Burrow was 13-of-24 for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Orgeron added his starting signal caller showed great leadership and decision making.
“A lot of great things went on,” Orgeron said. “We had great preparation all week and having Joe [Burrow] back, the offense looked really good. The offense came out and moved the ball pretty well and the defense responded and did a good job of stopping the offense during the second half."
Myles Brennan was 13-of-25 for 260 yards and a touchdown.
Junior wide receiver Racey McMath had six catches for 58 yards. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaray Jenkins had four catches for 73 yards. Orgeron said he is excited about McMath. He stated he is also excited about freshman wide out Trey Palmer of Kentwood.
Freshman running back John Emery Jr. rushed for 68 yards on 11 carries, while Tyrion Price-Davis had 20 yards on 13 attempts.
“I thought both of those guys looked outstanding. We wanted to play our young running backs today, so they handled most of the carries. We wanted to give them the ball and see what they had. I thought they did a good job," Orgeron explained.
The defense had a total of six sacks in the game.
Freshman kicker Cade York was 7-of-8 on field goals. His longest was 51 yards.
Freshman offensive lineman Kardell Thomas of Southern Lab will have surgery on his leg, according to Coach O. He said it is not known yet if he’ll be done for the season.
Safety Grant Delpit has not played in either scrimmage. According to Orgeron, Delpit, outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, and cornerback Kristian Fulton are all close to being 100 percent. He said they should be able to do all the things next week.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire also sat out Saturday’s scrimmage. Orgeron said Jefferson and Edwards-Helaire were just given day of rest. He added running back Chris Curry could not practice.
Orgeron said Bill Johnson now has all the defensive line duties. He will be filling in for Dennis Johnson, who injured both knees over the summer. He is currently in a wheelchair and unable to coach on the field. As a result, Dennis Johnson will spend the 2019 season as an analyst for the Tigers.
Orgeron said the left guard position has still not been solidified. He said tight end Thaddeus Moss is making a big push to be starter.
According to Orgeron, the defensive line has made progress, especially against the run, but it needs to continue to get better throughout the season.