LSU has only one practice left until Saturday’s spring game, and Les Miles is looking for his depth to develop.
“What has to come is some of our second-team guys,” Miles said. “The ones that have to play big roles, that’s really what we’re looking at. We like our first-team offense, defense, special teams. We just have to make sure we develop some depth that allows us to substitute and have the same style of performance.”
Miles said they haven’t determined how roster’s will be set for the spring game, whether it will be 1s vs. 1s or 1s vs. 2s. He said health and quality of the match ups will ultimately determine how the teams are split.
A big focus will be on the quarterbacks. Miles said Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will get an even split of snaps. What does he hope to see from them on Saturday?
“Run the team, use the tools at hand,” he said. “Run the offense for us, let it work. Take care of the ball, move it aggressively. Those kinds of things.”
Harris had LSU fans buzzing after his performance in last year’s spring game. Miles was asked if he though Harris became overconfident at that point, possibly contributing to his struggles in 2014.
“I promise you I did not think he was ever overconfident,” Miles said. “He felt like he was capable, which is just how you want him to feel. He was not a guy that was overconfident, taking it for granted. That’s not Brandon Harris.”
Miles did admit though that Harris may not have recognized just how difficult it would be to transition from high school to college.
“He’s much closer,” Miles said. “He’s had a pile of reps now. He’s coming.”
Jobs are not won or lost during the spring game. Miles said it’s mostly just an opportunity for players to carry what they’ve done all spring into a game-like atmosphere.
“They can affirm the spot they have,” Miles said. “They can make a play that allows the coach to say ‘he needs to make that play on Saturdays.’ It’s really for those guys that have already made an impression. They just need to confirm it.”
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