LSU goes through second scrimmage; turns attention to Oregon

Published: Aug. 19, 2011 at 4:50 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2011 at 4:42 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE – The LSU offense combined for 420 total yards and the defense came up with a variety of big plays as the Tigers broke camp with its second full scale scrimmage here indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

LSU will take tomorrow off and then return to practice on Saturday when they will turn their attention to the season-opener against Oregon. The Tigers will have an abbreviated workout on Sunday that will focus mainly on special teams. Classes start on the LSU campus on Monday.

"We had an extended go and I thought we had a number of guys that had big days," LSU coach Les Miles said following the scrimmage. "Offensively, I thought we threw it pretty well and did a nice job of running the football. Defensively, we made some big plays especially from the line, which I thought did very well.

"Overall, we are ways away from playing a game. We improved and had the opportunity to do a lot of different things and see a lot of situations. All in all, it was a good day of work for us. We'll take a day off tomorrow and let them get their legs back and then turn our attention to Oregon starting on Saturday."

Miles said that the Tigers went through about 130 snaps during the workout with 30 of those focusing on special teams. The scrimmage saw the Tigers spend time moving the field, as well as working on different situations, including the redzone, two-minute drill and tight zone. The offense accounted for 270 passing yards and another 150 yards on the ground.

Offensively, senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson connected on 15 of 25 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown running with the No. 1 offense. Senior quarterback Jarrett Lee spent time with both the No. 1 and No. 2 offense and he combined to complete 9 of 14 passes for 111 yards. Sophomore Zach Mettenberger connected on 6 of 11 passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

On the ground, Michael Ford statistically had the best day, rushing for 65 yards on 11 carries, while Spencer Ware accounted for nearly 50 yards on 10 attempts.

Junior Rueben Randle and sophomore James Wright were the top receivers for the Tigers, each catching five balls. Wright's five receptions went for 80 yards, which included an acrobatic catch over a defender down to the 1-yard line that would have setup a score during the two-minute drill. Randle's receptions went for 37 yards.

On defense, safety Craig Loston stood out as he recorded six tackles to go with an interception inside the 10-yard line that halted a drive. Brandon Taylor added five tackles and a sack, while Michael Brockers had a sack and three tackles for losses.

Other defensive standouts included linebacker Karnell Hatcher with a pair of pass breakups, cornerback Ron Brooks with an interception, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu with five tackles and defensive end Sam Montgomery with a sack and a couple of tackles.

"I think we were crisper in all phases," Miles said of the improvement since the first scrimmage nearly a week ago. "The defense tackled better and I thought we blocked the line of scrimmage better. There were a number of receptions and some really nice gains. We made progress and you can see improvement in all phases of the game."