LSU will scale back its workout on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon. Kickoff between LSU and Appalachian State in scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.
“It was a nice Wednesday practice,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We got a lot accomplished. We feel good about the plan and look forward to playing on Saturday.”
In an effort to better simulate the athletic ability of Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards, the Tigers have taken one of the teams’ better athletes in freshman John Williams to run the quarterback spot for the scout team. In addition, freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson also did some scout work for the Tigers this week as well.
“We’ve taken John Williams, who is a tremendously athletic wide receiver and ex-quarterback, and made him the quarterback for Appalachian State (during scout drills),” Miles said. “He did a great job all week. He certainly is continuing to do so. In several of the periods we put (QB Jordan Jefferson) in, and he gave them a simulation of that quarterback style.”
A year ago, Edwards accounted for 38 touchdowns in leading the Mountaineers to their third straight I-AA national title.
Miles remained mum on the starting quarterback when asked on Wednesday about who would take the first snap for the Tigers on Saturday. However, he did say that the quarterbacks looked good during the workout and that all three quarterbacks – Andrew Hatch, Jarrett Lee and Jefferson – could all play against Appalachian State.
“Neither one of them (Hatch or Lee) know (who’s going to start), and the third one (Jefferson) knows he’s going to play,” Miles said. “Both (Hatch and Lee) of them split reps with the first team today and both of them practiced pretty well.”
Miles said he expects that the veteran offense, which includes four returning starters on the line, should help put the quarterbacks at ease in what will be the first significant action of their collegiate careers. Only Hatch has taken collegiate snaps and he’s played in just one game for LSU.
“I think the veteran offensive line coupled with the veteran receivers and some of the things we’re trying to do will take a little bit of pressure off that position,” Miles said. “It’s an advantage to the quarterbacks when everybody knows what to do.”
Miles said he feels like his team is ready for Saturday’s season-opener, the first of what will be three straight home games for the Tigers.
“I have a strong suspicion that we’ll be ready to play and be very competitive,” Miles said. “I think in every opener that I’ve been around you make mistakes, and I think there will be mistakes made. I don’t think anybody, even the veterans, will play perfect, but I think we’ll play well and I think it will be an exciting game.”