LSU coach Les Miles met with members of the media shortly after the 11 a.m. scrimmage, and here are some notes from the day.
Mettenberger hooked up with senior tight end Chase Clement for one touchdown in the red zone, and Miles said Mettenberger also favored sophomore wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, who each had 50 yards receiving.
"I think we are really competing in the passing game very, very well," Miles said. "I think Mettenberger is a real leader there and enjoys his role."
"I think Rivers is really progressing," Miles said. "Randall has a very strong arm, but he's not used to the offense. It's going to take him some time.
"That's really good balance," Miles said. "We ran the football hard and were physical."
Junior Spencer Ware had 12 carries for 90 yards, sophomore Kenny Hilliard had 13 carries for 60 yards, junior Alfred Blue had 10 carries for 67 yards and freshman Jeremy Hill had 10 carries for 56 yards.
But after a solid day rushing the football on Saturday, Miles said he is more confident than ever that Hill will be ready to contribute in the backfield next fall.
"I think he's ready," Miles said. "If he loses a little bit of weight, he's going to be a very talented tailback. He's big, strong and talented."
Miles said Ford is likely to keep away from contact for the remainder of the spring.
"What we are doing is giving him the most amount of time to get healthy," Miles said. "We are really going to give him the spring. We expect him, again, to be very healthy when it comes to the fall."
Miles said Ford's knee has held him out of action, though he was brief as to the extent of the injury.
"We had some red zone, tight zone, so there was some more scoring," Miles said.
The team also didn't back the chains up after any yards lost, meaning the defense wasn't able to create advantages after big plays.
"The thing that happens is we had six sacks, and those sacks make it very difficult to get first downs," Miles said. "So it's not an indication of how the defense played. It's more of an indication of some good running backs."
"We put Mathieu in to play, but he had an ankle (injury)," Miles said. "I don't think it was very significant, but it bothered him."
"Jalen Collins is coming," Miles said. "I think he is going to be a good player. Micah Eugene is also that mold.
"There are some other guys who are not necessarily ready to play."
Miles said the list of starters held out also included linebacker Tahj Jones, center P.J. Lonergan, wide receiver Kadron Boone and Ford. He also hinted that the first-team defensive line was banged up, but did not list names of those who sat out.
Miles said Ferguson has locked up the starting job, meaning the scholarship should turn into four years with the same deep snapper working with the special teams unit.
He is starting and doing a great job," Miles said. "It was a very important issue. There isn't any question. We have another long snapper, so there is some nice competition there."