LSU has "sloppy" first scrimmage of spring

LSU conducted its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday, running 100 plays in Tiger Stadium. Les Miles provided some notes on how it went, calling it "sloppy."

LSU ran a 100-play scrimmage Saturday in Tiger Stadium, its first of the spring.

Les Miles said the first-team got 40 snaps and the second-team got 40 more. Miles said it was a "first down scrimmage" and "didn't worry about third downs at all." Miles did say that the scrimmage was "sloppy," which is to be expected for the first one.

Miles said the quarterbacks split time and threw three touchdown passes. He said Brandon Harris threw two and Anthony Jennings had one. He added that Harris also threw the lone interception on the day. Travin Dural, Trey Quinn and D.J. Chark caught the touchdown passes, but Miles did not say who came up with the interception.

Miles said the interception was "not a bad one," but one that "could have been thrown better."

"There are spots where they need improvement," Miles said of the quarterbacks. "Our tempo is a little faster. Our guys enjoy a faster tempo. Our QBs are coming, and the offense is helping them come.”

Miles added that Leonard Fournette "ran the ball well," breaking off a big touchdown run to start the scrimmage.

Miles said the defensive line won the day against the offensive line, saying they were "at times very dominant."

William Clapp and K.J. Malone have each gotten time at first-team left guard during practices, and Miles said they each got reps there during today's scrimmage. He also hinted that Ethan Pocic played some right tackle, with Vadal Alexander moving to one of the guard spots while Andy Dodd replaced Pocic at center.

"There’s a number of guys rotating in at the guard spots," Miles said. "There’s a necessity that we look at a lot of guys right now...The tackles have talent, period, no matter how it’s lined up.”

Miles mentioned that several players were held out of the scrimmage with injuries, though he hopes all of them will be back for next weekend's scrimmage. He mentioned two by name — Deondre Clark and Corey Thompson. Clark was poked in the eye during LSU's first practice and hasn't reappeared since. Thompson had a procedure to clean out "debris" from his surgically repaired ACL tear, suffered in 2013.

“[Clark] probably could’ve played today," Miles said. "We want to be very careful, considering it is an eye. We want to preserve both of them as long as we can...[Thompson], I think he’ll be back soon. We’re expecting him back in the next week or so."

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