Tigers conclude Fall Camp with last scrimmage

The LSU Tigers officially ended fall camp Saturday evening with a scrimmage in Tiger Stadium. Afterwards Coach Les Miles held a press conference in the Lawton Room under Tiger Stadium to discuss the scrimmage and his reflections on fall camp.

Coach Miles was very pleased with the scrimmage and commented a few times on how it was a great way to end this year's camp and how happy he was with how hard the team worked. He noted that the team ran 10, 40-yard sprints after the scrimmage, and he was again pleased with the effort in those. He also said that now it was time to point the game plan and program towards the Mississippi State game.


Miles said the scrimmage was a long one, and consisted roughly of 37 snaps of ones vs. ones, 37 snaps of ones vs. twos and 25 special teams snaps.  Miles also added that there was crowd noise being pumped through the speakers during the scrimmage.


As far as player statistics from the scrimmage, Coach Miles said Matt Flynn completed 7 or 8 passes in 12 attempts for around 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. The rest of the quarterbacks were about 4 for 10 combined. Miles also noted the quarterbacks "saw a lot of Tyson Jackson up close." There were two interceptions thrown, though he did not say who threw them. Both were picked off by Chris Hawkins, but Miles credited Tyson Jackson, Charles Alexander, and Marlon Favorite for causing them.


Miles called the rushing in the scrimmage "scattered" and said he like the way Jacob Hester ran. He estimated Hester as having 6 carries for 35 yards, Richard Murphy 4 carries for 15 yards, Charles Scott 8 carries for 45 yards, and Keiland Williams having about 50 yards rushing.


Coach Miles said the receivers looked good in the scrimmage. He said Early Doucet and Brandon Lafell both had 4 catches, Ricky Dixon had 3 catches, Terrance Toliver had 2 catches, and Josh McManus had 3 catches.


As for the kicking game, Miles said Patrick Fisher punted the ball 6 times for a 42 yard average, and Josh Jasper had 5 punts for a 41 yard average. The team as a whole was 4 of 6 kicking field goals, and Colt David was "perfect" according to Miles. Coach Miles also said all punts were fielded perfectly but did not comment on who was fielding them.


According to Miles there were no injuries in the scrimmage that were serious enough to prevent anyone from practicing on Monday. Jacob Cutrera was held out of the scrimmage but is close to being ready to play. Demetrius Byrd was also held out of the scrimmage. Glenn Dorsey played for the first fourth of the scrimmage. Will Arnold played the entire scrimmage, and Miles noted that was the longest Arnold had played at one time since last football season.


Next Miles talked a little bit about the battles at different positions. Though he commented about the great competition there has been at the quarterback position, he was still not ready to name the No. 2 quarterback yet. He said he doesn't think announcing things like that is a big deal, and that it could very well be the No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks are equal in skill and ability, with the only distinction between them is who gets in the game first. He said Ryan Perrilloux performed well in camp and did everything the coaches asked him to do. He mentioned Jarrett Lee as having a few nice throws in today's scrimmage. He also said he liked what walk-on Andrew Hatch has been doing.


Onto the offensive line, Miles cited Brett Helms, Herman Johnson, and Ciron Black for having great camps. He said Lyle Hitt and Carnell Stewart have looked good. He also commented on how much he is enjoying have freshmen Joseph Barksdale and Jarvis Jones at right tackle and left tackle, repectively. He was also pleased with Ernest McCoy's play and said he has been moving around the line a lot but is mostly staying on the left side.


When asked if anyone had established themselves at right defensive end opposite Tyson Jackson, Miles said Rahim Alem and Tremaine Johnson played well today, but he couldn't name an order at that spot today even if he had to.


As for the defensive backs, Miles was pleased with the way they've been coming up to support the run and mentioned Craig Steltz having a few nice tackles today. He said Danny McCray, Jai Eugene, Chad Jones, and Chris Hawkins will all have an opportunity to play as the nickel and dime defensive backs in those packages. When asked if he preferred having three corners and three safeties in dime packages, Miles said that is usually the case, but then said Chad Jones is so athletic he wouldn't be worried at all with him covering a slot receiver.


Miles said he and the rest of the coaching staff will meet tomorrow afternoon and spend a lot of time reviewing film from today's scrimmage and the rest of camp to fix some personnel and scheme problems, as well as "other curiosities." He mentioned tomorrow's film review will go a long way in determining the personnel for both kick and punt coverage teams.

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