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Miles Video: Football Completes Third Scrimmage
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Published: August 23, 2011, 09:26 PM (CT)
Updated: August 23, 2011, 09:56 PM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE -- LSU held its final scrimmage before next week's season opener against third-ranked Oregon as the fourth-ranked Tigers went through nearly 100 plays here indoors as the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

After the scrimmage, head coach Les Miles addressed members of the media and made the following comments regarding the recent developments surrounding last week's off-campus incident involving some members of the football team:

"I'm aware of today's developments. I recognize the four players have been interviewed by the police department. They are cooperating fully. That investigation continues and is ongoing. We will certainly continue to help the process."

On the field, LSU turned its focus to the Ducks as the scrimmage had the Tigers facing the looks that Oregon will give them on both offense and defense in next week's season-opener. LSU's Nos. 1 and 2 offenses and defenses scrimmaged against the Oregon scout team.

"I felt like today's practice was a very good one," Miles said. "I think our guys are a little weighed down by all this. I feel like we all are. Today's practice really was against Oregon and Oregon looks. It was very crisp. We tackled live for half of it and we went thud (no tackling to the ground) for half of it.

"We got a lot of reps in all phases, including special teams and certain situations. After that we had a nice run. Our team will be in great shape for Oregon, I promise."

Miles said the Tiger offense combined to throw for 277 yards and added another 250 yards on the ground. Senior quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee got most of the snaps during the scrimmage and they each spent time with the No. 1 offense.

"I thought the quarterbacks threw the ball extremely well," Miles said.

Miles said that sophomore Alfred Blue led the team in rushing with 70 yards on four carries, while Spencer Ware added 63 yards on eight carries and Michael Ford 30 yards on two attempts. James Wright led the receivers with 69 yards on three receptions, while Russell Shepard caught three balls for 50 yards.

Defensively, sophomore tackle Bennie Logan had four tackles and a sack, while defensive end Sam Montgomery tallied four stops with a sack.

"I felt the defense played extremely well against our seconds and the scout team," Miles said. "We're running several drills with our offense against the Oregon scouts with a rapid fire pace. We feel like that has prepared our defense some. I think how we have practiced and the scout team has given us similar looks.

"Oregon is a unique team. There will be some things are similar and there will be some things that they have not demonstrated. I think there is some pressure put on you as a defender. I think guys have done a really good job in understanding that."

Miles will give the players off from practice on Wednesday. LSU will return to practice on Thursday as game preparations for Oregon continues.

 

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