Scott, Defense Lead White to 27-0 Spring Game Win
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- Senior running back Charles Scott and a stringent defense led the White team to a 27-0 victory over the Purple squad Saturday night in LSUs annual Spring Game at Tiger Stadium.
Scott rushed for two scores, junior running back Richard Murphy found the endzone in the third quarter and sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson closed out the Spring Game with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the White Squad a 27-0 win.
For the White team, sophomore sensation Jordan Jefferson had a strong performance completing eight of his 10 passes for 97 yards.
Highly touted freshman quarterback Russell Shepard completed seven of 12 passes for 70 yards to lead the Purple squad. Fellow freshman quarterback Chris Garrett had a solid outing for the Purple team going 8-14 for 49 yards.
Scott led all rushers with 70 yards on 11 carries. Shepard led the purple squad in rushing with 27 yards on eight carries.
Senior receiver Brandon LaFell collected five receptions for 59 yards for the White squad.
Freshman receiver Chris Tolliver stood out for the Purple team with six receptions for 43 yards.
Shepard put the fans on their feet on the first play from scrimmage with an 18-yard pass to Tim Molton. Shepard continued to push the Purple team down the field with his quick feet by scrambling for 12 yards on two carries. Pushed to a fourth down on Whites 33-yard line, a 50-yard field goal attempt by junior Josh Jasper fell short.
With six minutes left in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson hit LaFell for a 28-yard strike that lead to Scotts first score from three yards out to give White a 7-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Scott found the end zone for the second time with a one-yard run to the right corner of the end zone with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The highlight for the defense in the first half was when linebacker Perry Riley intercepted a Garrett pass and returned it for 37 yards to Purples 43-yard line with two minutes left in the first half.
The White squad went into halftime with a 14-0 advantage.
The White team continued its strong running attack in the second half when Murphy extended White's lead to 21-0 with an eight-yard touchdown run with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter.
With the clock running throughout the second half, the Purple squad had little time to make up ground.
With less than 1:30 remaining in the game, Shepard heaved a pass downfield that was picked by Peterson who raced 69 yards to the endzone to seal the White teams shutout.
Along with Riley and Petserson, junior Lazarius Levingston came up big for the White squad on defense as he notched two sacks for 11 yards lost and forced a fumble.
For the Purple squad, senior defensive back Chris Hawkins and senior linebacker Ace Foyil each collected six tackles. Freshman defensive end Chancey Aghayere had a sack for seven yards loss and a forced fumble.
2009 LSU Football – Spring Awards
Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award
(outstanding performance in LSU off-season program)
Mike Miley Leadership Award
(outstanding leadership in spring drills – defense)
LSU Spring Football Game Quotes
April 18, 2009
LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES
“It was a nice ending. It’s imperfect certainly. Our football team needs development. I like where we’re at. I like the way the defense played. They have the opportunity to be much better than they played today. Certainly they showed great potential. On the offense, it’s nice to see a quarterback step under center and have the opportunity to make throws, pick up big third downs and move the football. It’s nice to see a veteran tailback (Charles Scott) run with strength and power, and again, I think our offense can be better than it’s been. I think our offense is potentially better than it could have been with some of the new guys that we add to the mix. I really enjoyed seeing our punter (Derek Helton) punt the ball. He punted the ball with great hang time and in the direction just where we needed to have it. He’s a newcomer to our campus, and it was a key piece to the day. We kicked it off. We had a couple of nice returns by Ron Brooks. The teams got what we needed to with the exception of field goals. I would’ve liked to have gotten us a couple of more field goals with a long one on the wrong hash and with the wind blowing south. Other than that, it’s just what we needed. It doesn’t appear that there’s any major injury, and we avoided lightning strikes and rain. All said, the day was good, and I think in the spring we made key advances in significant areas. We’re not ready to play a game just yet, but we’re well underway.”
On spring football in general...
“Each phase has places that must improve. Offensively, we certainly have had greater quarterback play than we had last fall. I believe that’s happened. I believe our quarterbacks are going to play with more confidence and give us ability there. I think our receiving corps – we graduated one – stepped up, and I think that the four receivers on the field will be as good and better than they were a year ago. I liked our center play. We have three young centers playing ball there. I think all three made improvement, and I feel really good about the position going into the fall. Don’t get me wrong; we’re not ready to play a game just yet, but they’re well underway to being real quality centers. We didn’t play (TE) Richard Dickson a snap during the spring, so what we did is we got a little bit better with Mitch Joseph, Tyler Edwards and DeAngelo Peterson.
“Defensively, we added three new staff members, and there’s a lot of things there certainly that we did not do today that we’ll do in the fall, but they played real quality football and really without a stunt or a blitz. It’s a nice start, and I think the defense certainly understands that it’s just a start. Again, one of the things I needed to see was that punter going deeper today in this stadium. He probably had his best day in terms of hang time in our stadium. Those were key areas. When you have guys like Russell Shepard to a day, you have to see some of those things that he did certainly both positively and negatively, but frankly, there were some guys who made a lot of improvement in a very short time and could potentially give the offense a different style of athlete.”
LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES
On the overall scrimmage performance ...
“We played well. Thank goodness the weather held we were able to get in a full scrimmage. We had a few things we were inconsistent with but overall I think we played well.”
On the performance of the offense ...
“I think we ended up performing well at the end. The first scrimmage with the offense was not that good, the defense made us look bad. We hung in there and pushed up the intensity. We came to play and started having fun getting into the rhythm. We developed chemistry with a lot of the new guys.
On his personal performance ...
“I feel great the lines opened up a lot of holes for me and I was able to get my job done.”
On what he wanted to achieve out of the scrimmage...
“To get some good looks from the defense, and run plays that we are going to run during the season. We had a good performance by the white and purple teams, it was fun playing against the guys.
On how he feels at quarterback ...
“We work hard during the spring on getting the offense to make the right reads and know where to go with the ball it makes me feel more comfortable for the season.”
On how he has improved from last season...
“This year I understand the playbook more and I’m able to bring more to the table than last year. I had a couple improvements that I worked.
On challenges he may face till this upcoming season...
“Keep the chemistry and work the plays all summer that we are going to work during the season.
On what he thought about Russell (Shepard) in today’s scrimmage...
“Russell did well, he made the right reads he is good with his feet, he is a great athlete. We are going to Russell (Shepard) to his full ability, if he is good at running we are going to use him for that. Coach Crowton is calling the right plays for us so what ever works is what we are going to do.”
LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES
On how the team played today ...
“I think we did pretty well today. Thank goodness the weather held off so we could play a full scrimmage. We had a few things we needed assistance with, but for the most part we did pretty well.”
On the improvement of the team in spring training...
“The first scrimmage was a little pitiful, but today we came to play. We turned up the intensity and had a great time. We had great chemistry today with some of the new guys. I think we are on a roll now.”
On how the defense did today...
“It went really well. It was hard tackling Russell Shepard. He ran really well on the field. The defense looked better and the offense looked great as well. It was a great scrimmage.”
On if the offense played well ...
“They looked really good today. We have had more practices and they have really been able to work together. The chemistry was great and I think we will have a great season next year.”