Tigers hold second scrimmage

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check TigerRag.com Wednesday morning for an extended report from Tuesday night's scrimmage.... JaMarcus Russell threw for 203 yards and three redzone touchdowns, while LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels paced the Tiger defense as eighth-ranked LSU held its final August scrimmage here Tuesday night at the Indoor Practice Facility.

The Tigers were originally scheduled to scrimmage in Tiger Stadium, however an afternoon-long rain shower sent the team indoors for the 100-plus play workout.

"It was our last live work and we went over 100 plays of live tackling," LSU coach Les Miles said following the scrimmage. "I enjoyed it. I thought the team worked hard and did a good job. I thought we had some outstanding performances on both sides of the football.

"With any scrimmage there are corrections to be made, but that's the way it's supposed to be. It's good to get this behind us and now we can turn our attention to preparing for our first opponent."

Offensively, Russell again shined from the quarterback position, connecting on 16-of-23 passes for 203 yards and three scores. Russell's three touchdown passes came during the redzone and goalline portions of the scrimmage.

Miles said that Russell and Perrilloux got most of the snaps in the scrimmage as Matt Flynn continues to battle "camp arm" due to the number of passes he's thrown over the first two weeks of practice.

"I thought all three quarterbacks did a good job," Miles said. "I thought we did a good job of throwing and catching the football. All three quarterbacks were productive."

Russell's TD passes consisted of 25-yards to Jacob Hester, 10-yards to Early Doucet and 3-yards to Richard Dickson. Russell also connected on non-scoring plays of 50-yards to Doucet and 33-yards to Dwayne Bowe.

On the ground, freshman Charles Scott led all rushers with 10 carries for 62 yards, while Antonio Robinson added 46 yards and 12 carries, and Vincent 26 yards on four attempts. Alley Broussard had nine yards on four carries.

"It looked a lot better to me," Miles said of the running game during the scrimmage. "I felt like the assignments were better. The kids ran hard. The offensive line is coming. I like the progress we are making up front."

Doucet led all Tiger receivers with six receptions for 97 yards, while Bowe added a pair of catches for 41 yards.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Landry and Daniels, who combined to account for three tackles for losses, one sack and a pair of pass breakups. Landry was at his best in the redzone portion of the scrimmage, breaking up a pair of passes, while also adding a tackle for a loss during a goalline situation.

In all, Landry accounted for seven total tackles, while safety Craig Steltz had six stops.

Other defensive highlights for the Tigers included defensive end Chase Pittman with a pair of sacks, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with a sack, linebacker Luke Sanders with a tackle for a loss, and defensive tackle Charles Alexander with a tackle for a loss.

LSU's placekickers combined to connect on five-of-six field goal attempts with Colt David and Ryan Gaudet both making filed goals of 36 and 40 yards. Chris Jackson connected on a 40-yard field goal, but missed on his 36-yard attempt.

"I thought the enthusiasm was good from start to finish," Miles said of his team after the workout. "We hit hard during the scrimmage and we practiced a long time and then the team ran hard at the end. I really like our conditioning level as we get ready for our opener."

Miles said the Tigers will have a stretch and stride workout on Wednesday before turning their attention to the season-opening game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday afternoon.

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