BATON ROUGE, LA — – LSU had its first workout in the newly expanded Tiger Stadium on Wednesday as the 13th-ranked Tigers held an abbreviated scrimmage in what was the team’s first visit to the venue since reporting to camp.
Wednesday’s scrimmage consisted of approximately 50 plays and featured different situations, including first-and-10 and third-and-long. The Tigers also spent time on special teams, including kickoff return and field goals.
LSU will take Thursday off from practice before returning the field on Friday with two workouts. LSU will hold its first full-scale scrimmage on Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium.
“This was a productive first scrimmage,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “This one gets you acclimated to tackle football. I thought the defense played well, but they were penalized too much. I think the offense did some good things, but we had too many penalties. We did a nice job with ball security.
“(Each unit) only had 26 snaps, but it was productive. It’s not where we want to be, but we are improving.”
Miles said the brief scrimmage featured two passing touchdowns, one caught by redshirt freshman Avery Peterson and the other one by sophomore Travin Dural. No other statistics from the scrimmage were released.
Miles said that both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris split snaps with the first and second offense as the Tigers continue to develop both players.
”I think both guys are improving,” Miles said. “They are young and both engaged in leadership. They want to have command of the offense. They do not know what command is yet and what has to be communicated to make it go easy. Seventy percent of today was very well done and the other 30 percent was not enough for anyone in the stands to notice. It’s about the command of the huddle and where everyone lines up. We’re making progress.”
Defensively, Miles complimented the play of the defensive front, in particular that of redshirt freshman tackle Frank Herron. Herron is in position to start alongside sophomore Christian LaCouture at defensive tackle in the season-opener against Wisconsin.
“Our defensive front is playing really well,” Miles said. “Frank Herron always comes to mind when talking about the line. Christian LaCouture and Lewis Neal have also practiced well.
“We graduated the two guys from up front from a year ago (Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson),” Miles said. “These guys are as good or even better that last year.”
LSU opens its 10th season under Miles on Saturday, Aug. 30 when the Tigers travel to Houston to face 14th-ranked Wisconsin in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.