Miles Puts Tigers Through Second Major Scrimmage
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU held its first major scrimmage of the fall here on Saturday as first-year head coach Les Miles put his Tigers through approximately 110 snaps in Tiger Stadium.
Miles said LSU's first unit went 32 live snaps with the second unit going 26 live plays. Miles said the remainder of the snaps included third-team work along with concentration on the special teams, including field goals, kickoff coverage and returns and the punting game.
"I think we're a ways away from being a good football team," Miles said "We were a little sloppy, but the things we have, we appear to be in pretty good shape. We appear to be a very physical football team. We need two weeks of good one-a-days to round it into shape."
The sixth-ranked Tigers open their season on Sept. 3 in Tiger Stadium against defending Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas.
LSU will take Sunday off before starting classes on the campus on Monday. The Tigers will begin one-a-day practices on Monday. The Tigers will hold another major scrimmage on Tuesday night under the lights in Tiger Stadium before shifting their attention to the season-opener against North Texas.
Miles said senior center Rudy Niswanger sat out of Saturday's scrimmage, but should be back for Tuesday's workout. Redshirt freshman Ryan Miller ran with the first unit during the scrimmage and Miles was pleased with his performance.
"It was good to get (Ryan) Miller the work he got. He basically worked with the first team the entire day and appeared to do a pretty good job."
Miles said the Tigers came out of Saturday's scrimmage in good shape health-wise as the team only suffered a "couple of nicks, but nothing major."
Miles said the quarterback competition continues to be good and that he's in no hurry to name a starter for the season-opener.
"I'm willing to wait," Miles said after the scrimmage. "I think there's some really good competition going on, and beyond Tuesday we'll know a little bit more. We'll look at finalizing the roster some time Thursday before the game."
As Miles met with reporters on the field following the scrimmage on Saturday, the LSU band marched its way into the stadium, which prompted the following response from the coach, "when they were coming down the hill, you could hear them and it gave me goose bumps. The team was fired up too. Everybody turned and looked at each other, and it's a tell-tale sign that the fall is getting closer."