Miles Puts Tigers Through Scrimmage Under the Lights

Jason Spadoni has moved from runningback to linebacker for the Tigers.
Jason Spadoni has moved from runningback to linebacker for the Tigers.
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU went through its final scrimmage of preseason camp here Tuesday as Les Miles put the fifth-ranked Tigers through an extended workout under the lights in Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers used Tuesday's scrimmage to simulate game-like conditions, with the coaches wearing headsets and calls being signaled in from the sidelines. The scrimmage was situational in nature with the Tigers also focusing on the two-minute offense and different areas of special teams.

"It put us in a lot of situations," Miles said of the scrimmage. "We worked signaling and the deportment from the sideline to the field, something we definitely needed to do. I didn't think we were sharp. I certainly understand the corrections that need to be made, and that's what we'll be out doing."

Tuesday's scrimmage also marked the first time during camp LSU played without senior linebacker E.J. Kuale, who suffered an ankle injury in practice on Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks of action. Jason Spadoni is expected to fill in for the injured Kuale at weakside linebacker.

"I think (Jason) Spadoni will be a guy who will play a little bit more football," Miles said. "He's pretty instinctive and he's certainly athletic. He's new to the spot but not new to football."

Spadoni, a junior from New Orleans, is a converted running back who is in his first year on the defensive side of the ball. Spadoni switched from offense to defense during the spring.

Miles added that sophomore Ali Highsmith and senior Kenny Hollis are two players who will  see additional time at the outside linebacker position.

Miles said the Tiger offense still has some work to do before being ready to face North Texas in the season opener on Sept. 3.

"I think they (offense) were sloppy tonight as well," Miles said. "There were too many penalties. There were some really good things, but there was not the consistency that you want from a really, really good offense."

The Tigers will take Wednesday off from the practice field, instead spending time watching the film on the scrimmage and making corrections on both sides of the ball. LSU will return to practice on Thursday afternoon.

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