LSU head coach says football team had "the best scrimmage this spring"

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Big plays and competition on both sides of the ball highlighted LSU's third scrimmage of the spring here Saturday as the Tigers went through a 100-play situational workout in Tiger Stadium.

Saturday's scrimmage was the 10th practice for the Tigers during the spring as LSU concluded its third week of spring drills. LSU will practice on Tuesday and Thursday this week before taking a week off for spring break.

"This was a very competitive scrimmage on both sides of the ball," LSU coach Les Miles said following the workout. "This was probably the best offensive scrimmage that we have had this spring. We were able to move some guys around on the offensive and that's helping them build knowledge at the different positions."

"The young guys are making progress and improving which is a big part of spring practice. I saw players competing at every position. We had some players make some big plays. All in all, it was a productive day for us. We improved as a team."

Saturday's scrimmage focused on different third-down situations as well as redzone and tight zone opportunities for the offense. The Tigers wrapped up the scrimmage with the two-minute drill.

Wide receiver D.J. Chark continues to have a big spring as he caught a 70-yard TD pass on the first possession of the game. Chark led all receivers with three receptions for 99 yards and a score. Defensively, lineman Sione Teuhema scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

Offensively, quarterback Anthony Jennings completed 9-of-14 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Miles said that Brandon Harris, "Played pretty well overall" and that he completed "a handful" of his 22 passing attempts.

Sophomore Leonard Fournette continues to have an impressive spring as he rushed for 100-plus yards and a touchdown. Miles said that backup running back Darrel Williams, "ran hard" and finished with 55 yards.

Other receiving leaders for the Tigers during the scrimmage include tight end Jacory Washington with two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown; sophomore Trey Quinn with two catches for 35 yards and a pair of TDs; Travin Dural with one catch for 25 yards and John Diarse with two receptions for 14 yards.

Defensively, Miles singled out the play of linebacker Deion Jones, who had six tackles and pair of sacks. He was joined on the list of defensive standouts by Duke Riley (7 tackles), Jamal Adams (6 tackles, 1 sack), Teuhema (6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD).

Miles also noted that linebacker Kendell Beckwith, "made some spectacular speed plays defending the pass and against the run" and that safety Adams, "is one of our most competitive players on the team. He has so much energy and has knack for getting to the ball and making plays all over the field."

Miles praised the performance of defensive tackles Christian LaCouture and Devon Godchaux.

LSU concludes practice on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. when the Tigers hold the National L-Club Spring Game in Tiger Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free of charge.