LSU conducts first 'short' scrimmage of camp

LSU held a 30-35 play scrimmage Thursday, plus more notes from Les Miles' press conference.

LSU conducted an impromptu "short" scrimmage during Thursday's practice.

Les Miles said the team only did situational work, mostly simulating first-and-10 scenarios. The scrimmage lasted about 30-35 plays, according to Miles.

Miles singled out Leonard Fournette for having "some nice runs" during the scrimmage. He also said wide receivers Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn, John Diarse and D.J. Chark all caught passes.

Brandon Harris continued to get first-team snaps at quarterback.

The offense came to compete today and really played well," Miles said. "It was just a short go. I like the improvement of the team. There's work to do, but we're coming."

LSU will have its first scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. That one will last about 50 plays, Miles said, and will also consist of mostly situational work. LSU has more "major scrimmages" scheduled for Aug. 22 and Aug. 25.

Miles still mum on quarterback battle

An announcement to name LSU's starting quarterback is not a major priority for Miles.

Though everyone wants to know who'll take the first snap against McNeese State on Sept. 5, don't expect Miles to make that information public until the last possible moment.

“That’s not important to be honest," Miles said. "As long as the decision’s made early enough so the players are comfortable, and the team expects how they’ll be used, that’s the most important piece. The announcement’s always secondary.”

About the only thing Miles will disclose about that battle is Harris is still taking first-team reps. He wouldn't admit though that Harris leads Anthony Jennings at this point.

“I’m still going to wait until we get to the back end of this thing and make a decision," Miles said. "Both guys are getting a lot of reps. Both guys are getting better, and that’s what I want.”

More notes from Miles' press conference

---LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower has returned to the practice field.

Bower missed at least two practices with an undisclosed injury, though it's believed he was struggling with heat exhaustion. Freshman Arden Key replaced him with the starters during his absence, but Bower is back in the mix.

Miles did once again heap praise on Key and fellow freshman defensive end Isaiah Washington, saying he's been surprised by how quickly they've adjusted.

"I've run into freshmen that go for a while, then a new scheme makes them dip," Miles said. "These guys have maintained. They’re very buoyant guys, very positive guys. They’re doing a good job of learning. They’ll be prepared to play.”

---Linebacker Lamar Louis remains in a green non-contact jersey after straining his pectoral muscle lifting weights over the summer. But that hasn't limited him much, according to Miles.

"He’s the most violent green player I’ve ever seen," Miles said. "You can’t keep him out of there.”

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