Notebook: Scrimmage notes

LSU went indoors for their second scrimmage of the fall. Get the full recap through TigerSportsDigest.com.

--- As they continue their preparation for the season opener against Oregon, the LSU Tigers went indoors for the second time in as many scrimmages Thursday. Head coach Les Miles said he sent quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe and offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa to the catwalk at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility, where they called the entirety of the scrimmage.

--- The scrimmage included about 130 snaps, with 30 focused on special teams. After operating from 70 yards out for the majority of the first scrimmage, the team turned to red zone, tight zone and 2-minute drill.

“Overall we’re a ways away from playing a game,” Miles said. “We’re much improved and had the opportunity to do a lot of different things. We saw a lot of different situations, a lot of special teams snaps.”

--- The offense combined for 420 total yards, 270 through the air and 150 on the ground.

--- Jordan Jefferson took the majority of snaps at quarterback, finishing the day 15-of-25 with 100 yards passing. He also rushed for a touchdown. Fellow senior Jarrett Lee, who worked with both the first and second team, finished 9-of-14 for 111 yards. Sophomore Zach Mettenberger was 6-of-11 passing for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

--- Junior Rueben Randle and sophomore James Wright both caught five passes, the best mark among the receivers. Wright ended the day with 80 yards receiving, including a catch at the 1-yard line that set up a rushing score. Randle finished with 37 yards through the air.

--- Michael Ford’s 65 yards on 11 carries was best among the running backs.

“I think we're fortunate to have guys that will all play, and I think Ford showed he's certainly very deserving of consideration,” Miles said.

--- Miles on the backs outside of Ford: “(Spencer) Ware probably gained just under 50 yards on 10 carries. (Alfred) Blue had a couple very nice runs and this is as healthy as Blue's been since camp started. He showed it.”

--- Defensively, Miles – for the second week in a row – singled out the play of safety Craig Loston.

“Craig Loston seemed to have a pretty good day,” Miles said. “He had six tackles and a nice interception for a nice return.”

Miles also applauded the effort from safety Brandon Taylor, who finished with five tackles and a sack.

--- On the injury front, Miles said backup right guard Josh Williford was held out of the scrimmage. The same went for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, though Miles said that Landry is closing in on a full recovery and will be ready for practice next week.

--- Miles on the developments at linebacker: “I thought the linebacker position played very well (on Thursday). (Ryan) Baker and (Kevin) Minter seemed to be the two and then (Karnell) Hatcher is right there. Lamin Barrow – those four guys will play a lot of football.”

--- Miles on changes from scrimmage one to scrimmage two: “I think we are really crisper in all phases and I think the defense tackled the ball well. There was a lot of contact. I felt like we blocked the line of scrimmage better. You know, like I said, there were a number of receptions and some really nice gains. I thought the progression is much improved.”

--- Miles on the race for the starting fullback spot: “It appears to me to be (James) Stampley and J.C. Copeland. The same guys that ended last year.”

--- Miles on who stood out at defensive tackle: “I think Anthony Johnson sure did show a little bit and made a couple of physical plays inside and (Michael) Brockers, he's having a great game.”

--- Miles on which unit has made the biggest transformation this fall: “I like the defensive line. I think that group's really coming. I think they make plays in every scrimmage and in every practice, so I think they're pushing the front. I think they have great speed and I'm going to look forward to watching those guys play.”


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