The format of the scrimmage had the defense tagging off on the ball carrier as there was no tackling to the ground. LSU worked on all phases of the game, including moving the field on offense as well as the two-minute drill, goal line, and redzone situations. Most of the scrimmage had the 1s going against the 2s on both offense and defense, but the Tigers did have two 8-play segments when the No. 1 offense faced the No. 1 defense.
The Tigers also spent time in all phases of the kicking game.
“It was a pretty good ‘go’,” Miles said following the scrimmage. “It appeared to me that the defense is a little ahead of the offense at this time.
“I enjoyed the workout. I didn’t think we were as sharp as we would like to be. There were too many penalties. This was an officiated scrimmage, and there were a few too many miscues. It is stuff that we can get fixed and I look forward to getting back on the field and getting those things corrected.”
As an offense, the Tigers combined to rush for 150 yards, while the three quarterbacks completed 26 of 50 passes for 255 yards and a pair of scores.
“Charles Scott rushed the ball well and both (Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch) quarterbacks played well,” Miles said. “Jarrett Lee threw the ball extremely well in this ‘go.’ (Andrew) Hatch ran the team well. He had a little stiffness in his back, so we pulled him prematurely. There was an imbalance in turns of snaps with the quarterbacks, but both quarterbacks played well and ran the team well.
“Jordan Jefferson got a couple of snaps and rushed for 25 yards. He had a couple of completions and played pretty well at the quarterback spot.”
Defensively, safety Chad Jones led the Tigers with six tackles, including three tackles for losses. Freshman cornerback Patrick Peterson added five tackles and a forced fumble, while Brandon Taylor, Harry Coleman and Danny McCray all had interceptions.
Tremaine Johnson led all defensive linemen in terms of tackles with four, which included a sack for a safety, while Ricky Jean-Francois had three tackles, two tackles for losses and one sack. Drake Nevis had the other sack for the Tigers, while linebacker Perry Riley blocked a field goal attempt.
All-conference kicker Colt David was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals during the scrimmage, making kicks of 32, 32, and 42 yards. Josh Jasper connected on three of his four attempts.
Brady Dalfrey and Jasper shared the punting duties for the Tigers during the workout with Dalfrey punting 10 times for nearly 40 yards per kick and Jasper seven times for 39 yards a punt.
“I felt like we punted the ball well,” Miles said. “I think we got a lot of work done there with the number or reps that we were able to get in. We took every kicking situation – kickoffs, returns, punts, punt returns, field goals – and really tested it.”
“It is imperative that we take days like today to evaluate every position – the quarterbacks, the running backs, the offensive line, special teams coverage units, kickers, punters,” Miles said. “As a coach you take a day like today and try to take the information and make wise moves from this point forward. It’s a very important scrimmage.”
“The tougher decisions are those guys who are more equal. After you watch a scrimmage like this, you can say which guy is in front of what guy except for a position like quarterback where it is the body of work, not necessarily the key scrimmage in the stadium that makes the difference.”
The Tigers will take Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday afternoon. Tuesday’s scrimmage will again take place in Tiger Stadium and will be a full-contact, tackling workout for the Tigers.