Flynn relishing No. 1 role

Head coach Les Miles and his Tiger football team endured their first full contact scrimmage of spring practice Tuesday and said he was pleased with the teams effort.

Miles hinted to the media following practice that both first teams dominated against second-team offense and defense, while giving praise to offense's progression after the first week of drills.

The spot light throughout spring practice will likely fall on the throwing arm of senior quarterback Matt Flynn. The Tyler, Texas product waited four years behind former slinger JaMarcus Russell, and will now get his opportunity to start as a fifth-year senior.

Flynn brings maturity and experience to the position, and thinks the offense is coming together after one week of practice.

"I think the offense is coming along very fast," Flynn said. "We are getting a lot of chemistry and a lot of time with the wide receivers on routes. Everything is working out real well. The linemen are coming together. For the first week it was probably one of the best I've seen here."

With the addition of three new offensive coaches, including offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, and wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, Flynn said he thinks the offense will look the same, but will incorporate a few knew wrinkles. Both coaches and players have spoke a lot about the option over the past week, while Flynn said he could spend a considerable amount of time in shot gun.

"It is just something we throw in there to keep the defense off balance," Flynn said of the option. "If you can run the option affectively a few times a game it simplifies the coverage's they can do on you.

"It's been affective for us so far in spring training," Flynn said. "I like it so far. If we keep doing it affectively I will like it better because I will be able to throw a lot more affectively if we can simplify coverage's."

Flynn's No. 1 receiver next season, Early Doucet, also said the offense is coming along fast and that he has confidence in his new quarterback.

"I'm enjoying Matt Flynn right now," Doucet said. "He is being a leader and running the team like he should. Most guys wouldn't have stuck around that long being a back up knowing they could be the main guy somewhere else. For him to do that shows what kind of person he is. I think its Matt Flynn's time to show everybody what he can do. I'm looking forward to it."

The team will continue practice and meetings throughout the week, and will conduct their first full contact scrimmage of the spring on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

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