Brooks shines at scrimmage

The LSU football team scrimmaged on Saturday inside Tiger Stadium for the first time this spring, but it was defensive back Ron Brooks' day in the end. The sophomore intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown.

The Tiger football team scrimmaged Saturday morning under windy conditions, which left the quarterback's a bit high and dry during their first major go of the spring.

“We had a good go,” LSU head coach Les Miles said following the workout. “We had approximately 40 snaps for each team and probably about 100 snaps total with special teams.

“We’re splitting time with four quarterbacks, and it was one windy day. I don’t know that we were very efficient passing. We made a couple of big plays and did a couple of good things, but I think today was the defense’s."

The units' performance, headlined by Brooks' pair of interceptions and touchdown, spoke as a testimony to their development under the new defensive staff.

"They played extremely well," Miles said. "Not that they were perfect by assignment, but they had great enthusiasm and really hustled to the ball. That defense was very difficult to move the ball against. There were really a number of guys on the defensive side that had big days.”

Safety Harry Coleman also returned an interception for a touchdown, linebacker Perry Riley returned a fumble for a score, safety Chad Jones recovered a fumble and defensive tackle Drake Nevis forced a fumble.

Nevis and linebacker Ryan Baker both registered sacks.

Junior walk-on Daniel Graff's five tackles at the safety spot impressed as well, which earned him words of praise from the Tiger headman after the scrimmage.

"[Graff] is fast and he plays hard," Miles said. "He played really well for us on special teams last year, and he was a guy we really wanted to get a look at today. He showed up big with a number of tackles."

Offensively, sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson's outing appeared to have pushed him into the spot as the runaway for the job next fall.

“I think Jordan certainly is in the lead at quarterback and looks to be making his case for being the starter," Miles said. "Jarrett Lee certainly had a good day and I liked Russell Shepard.

"Any time [Shepard] has the ball in his hands; he has the chance to make a big play. The key is that he makes a great decision with the ball, and he’s really been good with where to throw it. He made a couple of real quality throws but missed on a couple, but when he pulls it down and runs, he really eats up some ground.”

Miles said that the young crop of players coupled with a new coaching staff has been the key to keeping the intensity level high thus far this spring.

"We're looking at our centers, we're looking at our quarterbacks, we're looking at a number of spots at wide receiver and at who could emerge as the starting fullback in the spring," he said. "With new coaches, there becomes the need for a reevaluation, and all of that is what creates competition.

"Guys also redshirted at positions and we needed to assess their development. This team wants to be special, and they understand that just playing is not good enough. It is what we need."


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