LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson with new coordinator Steve Kragthorpe
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Football Completes First Spring Scrimmage
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Published: March 19, 2011, 03:09 PM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU held its first scrimmage of spring drills Saturday as head coach Les Miles put the Tigers through a 120-play scripted workout here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Saturday's workout marked the fifth for the Tigers as LSU capped its second week of spring practice. LSU has 10 practices remaining this spring, which culminates with the National L Club Spring Game on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. Admission to the spring game will be free.

"We are doing some really good things," Miles said after Saturday's workout. "I like the development of this team. We're running the football well and throwing the football better then we have. Defensively were are getting lined up and we are making plays on the ball. Special teams is covering kicks, protecting and the punters are kicking well.

"We've made some improvement. I like where we are, but it's early. We're not in any way ready to play games, but there are some good things taking place out here."

The scrimmage mainly focused on first-and-10 situations for the Tigers with the playing calling being 50-50 on runs and passes. LSU also spent a good portion of the workout focusing on special teams, including field goals, kickoffs and punt coverage.

Miles complimented the play of the three quarterbacks, in particular senior Jordan Jefferson, who made plays in both the passing and running game.

"I thought the quarterbacks were very sharp," Miles said. "I thought Jordan (Jefferson) looked very good. I felt Jarrett (Lee) and Zach (Mettenberger) both played very well. They did what they are supposed to do. There were a couple touchdown passes caught by Russell Shepard and Rueben Randle so it was a good day overall throwing the ball."

Miles said that five running backs shared carries in the backfield, led by Spencer Ware and Michael Ford. Alfred Blue, Jakhari Gore, and Kenny Hilliard all got carries at the running back spot.

"We really tested some guys today," Miles said. "We still have 10 practices to go, but I like the progress this team has made in just five workouts."

The Tigers will practice three times next week, which includes the second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

 

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