SCRIMMAGE REPORT: Saturday, Aug. 19

The play of quarterback JaMarcus Russell and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey highlighted LSU's 110-play scrimmage here Saturday in Tiger Stadium as the eighth-ranked Tigers held their final workout before breaking camp.

The Tigers will take Sunday off from practice before returning to the practice field on Monday for a shells practice. The Tigers will scrimmage for the final time on Tuesday night in Tiger Stadium before opening the season on Sept. 2 against Louisiana-Lafayette.


Saturday's workout was a "thud" scrimmage (no tackling) and featured all phases of special teams as well as putting the offense and defense in different game-like situations.


"It was a good go today, but we didn't have a lot of tackling," LSU coach Les Miles said following the scrimmage. "We had 110-plus plays with offense, defense and special teams. We really got a look at everybody that we could. We came off of the field without significant injury so overall it was a good day."


Offensively, Russell led the Tiger quarterbacks by connecting on 10-of-13 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown during the unscripted portion of the scrimmage. Russell also threw three touchdown passes in the goalline situation segment of the workout with one going 6-yards to Richard Dickson, another going 3-yards to Dwayne Bowe and the final one going 3-yards to Brandon LaFell.


"I thought the quarterbacks handled their end of it very well," Miles said. "I thought we threw and caught the ball well. The receivers played well."


Junior Early Doucet led the receivers with four receptions for 44 yards, while LaFell caught three passes for 44 yards and a score.


On the ground, Justin Vincent and Jacob Hester shared most of the carries with Vincent rushing 22 yards on four carries and Hester 24 yards on three attempts. Charles Scott added 20 yards and five carries.


"We ran the football to a point, but we need to run the ball better in my opinion," Miles said. ""We really mixed it pretty well. I think both (Justin) Vincent and (Jacob) Hester were the front-runners at the tailback spot. Hester took some carries at the fullback spot as well.


"I think if you look at yards per carry, we were very efficient running the football. We need to run the football a little bit more effectively. That will be the goal for Tuesday's scrimmage."


Defensively, Dorsey was again a standout for the Tigers, recording two sacks to go along with two other tackles for losses. Other defensive highlights for the Tigers included linebacker Luke Sanders with a sack and a broken up pass, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite with a sack, and defensive end Ryan Willis with a sack.


In the secondary, safeties LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels both had tackles for losses, while cornerback Chevis Jackson added a tackle for a 2-yard loss.


"The defense played well," Miles said. "There were a number of sacks and once again Glenn Dorsey created some problems for us. I thought linebacker play was good, and the balls that were caught in the secondary were contested. The rough view without tackling was that the defense is still doing well. Those sacks will have a different feel when it comes game time."


On special teams, LSU's three placekickers combined to connect on 6-of-8 field goals with Chris Jackson making all three of his attempts. Jackson connected on kicks of 35, 40 and 40 yards, while Colt David was 2-of-3 and Ryan Gaudet was 1-of-2.


Miles said he likes where he teams stands after two weeks of fall camp.


"I think we have improved," Miles said. "We are at a point that we need to be. I think Tuesday is another big step. There will be a bit more live work. We will give them a day and a half off for their legs and then a very light practice on Monday. We will have a good, strong scrimmage on Tuesday."




Miles Congratulates South Lake Charles Little League Team


LSU coach Les Miles opened his post-scrimmage meeting with media by congratulating the South Lake Charles Little League Team for their opening round win in the Little League World Series last night in Williamsport, Pa. The South Lake Charles team posted a 1-0 extra-inning win over Missouri on Friday night.


"I'd first like to take a second to congratulate the South Lake Charles Little League baseball team. They won their first one in Williamsport (Pa.). The state is watching them and excited about them and hopes they have a great experience."



Davis and Arnold Sit Out


Miles said that wide receiver Buster Davis and offensive guard Will Arnold sat out of Saturday's scrimmage. Miles said it was "nothing significant" and that both players will be back at practice on Monday and that they are both expected to scrimmage on Tuesday night.



Miles Likes The New Tiger Stadium Turf


Saturday's scrimmage marked the first time Tiger Stadium's new turf was put to the test by the LSU football team and the surface held up very well according to Miles. 


"I felt like the stadium turf was much better than it has been. It easily is the finest grass field that we have had on this stadium since I have been here. It has taken a lot of rain, and they (grounds crew) tell me that the drainage has been good. We enjoyed it. If you noticed, it didn't kick up. There are not any big divots, which you saw last year at this time. We will come back here and go on Tuesday and really not have worn it. I didn't notice guys slipping. I felt it was a quick track and firm footing."


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