Tigers inside for second scrimmage

Heavy rains in the Baton Rouge area forced LSU head coach Nick Saban to move Saturday's scrimmage indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. <br><br> The Tigers second spring scrimmage was set for a 1 p.m. start in Tiger Stadium. However, the early afternoon deluge sent LSU running for cover as the scrimmage commenced inside the Tigers indoor practice facility.

"It was a different look indoors," Saban said. "It is very unusual to be scrimmaging indoors. It was the first time we practiced inside all spring."


The setting was not the only thing looking different Saturday. After being disappointed with the intensity of focus of his team last weekend, Saban praised his team for making drastic strides in a week's time.


"I saw lots of improvement on both sides of the ball," Saban said. "Lots of good things happened in there today. We increased the intensity and competitiveness in practice last week and I saw that carry over to the scrimmage today."


The offense continues to flourish as big plays dominated the session. Quarterback Matt Mauck continues to distance himself in the lead as LSU's starting quarterback. And much like the first scrimmage, running backs Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey ran the ball with authority.


"I am pleased with the big plays on offense," Saban said. "Matt just keeps getting better and better. Most of the big plays came running the ball though. They came mainly in situational type sets, but Joe and Shyrone ran the ball very well."


Two things Saban said he was disappointed with was a number of missed tackles on defense as well as several fumbles on offense.


"One of our goals coming into the spring was to work on not turning the ball over," Saban said. "We had four or five fumbles out there today. I know some of them were with the twos or threes in there, but they are still turnovers."


Hard running by Addai and Carey resulted in a couple of long scoring scampers. While the two backs displayed some serious moving and grooving, Saban felt his runners were breaking tackles too easily.


"Defensively, we still are not tackling well," Saban said. "The big plays that we made on offense came from missed tackles."


Impressive individual performances on offense were turned in by Mauck, Addai and Carey as well as wide receiver Michael Clayton. Defensively, cornerback Ronnie Prude had big day as well as defensive tackle Kyle Williams and Travis Daniels.

Prude had an interception, came from 20 yards back to tackle Carey at the two on the end of a 75-yard run and broke up several passes showing tremendous speed and athleticism.


Williams, who is battling for a starting position at defensive tackle, was a constant headache in the offensive backfield as the o-line had trouble blocking the Ruston, La. sophomore.


Travis Daniels played safety throughout the entire scrimmage as Saban and staff hope the junior DB can continue making a smooth transition from corner to the middle.


Freshman Justin Vincent continues getting a generous amount of playing time at safety. Although Saban said the running back turned defender would more than likely not play on defense next season, the Lake Charles native has been impressive in spring drills and was again on Saturday.


"We have not moved Justin Vincent to safety," Saban stressed. "It is only an experiment."

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