Miles looking ahead to second scrimmage

LSU coach Les Miles

LSU has practiced seven times this spring, and the Tigers are looking forward to their second scrimmage on Saturday. Les Miles met with the media on Thursday to provide an update on his team as they move through spring camp.

LSU's looking forward to its second scrimmage of the fall on Saturday, one that Les Miles said will involve a little more "thud" than the first.

Last Saturday, Miles said the Tigers worked strictly on first-and-10 situations, but Saturday's scrimmage will involve some third-and-short and other scenarios to ratchet up the pass rush and get the quarterbacks operating under a bit more pressure.

"We're improving daily," Miles said. "It's been a quality spring with work to do. We expect that Saturday will be a nice scrimmage, and that's what we're pointing to at this point."

Those quarterbacks can certainly use the test that Saturday will provide. The story of the spring has been the struggles at that position with a lack of depth at wide receiver. Those WR numbers were strained Thursday as John Diarse missed practice after undergoing a "small procedure" earlier this week.

Miles said they don't expect Diarse to be available for the scrimmage but he should return to practice next week.

"With John back it's a pretty good group, but with John out it takes some work," Miles said. "And having some new QBs running the drill for the first time, it's some inexperience that's being served by practicing."

Miles does look forward to having some new faces arrive at WR this summer. He said Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn, Tony Upchurch and D.J. Chark will have a chance to crack the depth chart once they get up to speed.

"The wide receiver position will be one with a lot of competition, and those four guys will have the opportunity to compete very quickly," Miles said. "They'll have to pick up the passing game, route technique and how all that happens, but all four of them will have opportunities to play significantly."

Here are some more notes and quotes from Miles' press conference on Thursday:

On the defensive tackles and possibly some true freshmen being able to play right away…

"It's coming and improving," Miles said. "You watch Bain, Herron and Thomas and all these guys are steadily improving. LaCouture looks like a veteran because he really understands the drills…

"We got some good ones coming in the fall, and there's an opportunity for guys to step in there and play. But I like the guys we've got on our campus right now. There'll be some opportunities, but really for the exceptional ones."

On Jeff Grimes' coaching style…

"Jeff has an attention to detail in technique," Miles said. "Our guys are responding to it. Guys are in position to do so, because it's pretty much a veteran group. Jeff is coming in at the right time with these guys and making that point."

On Kendell Beckwith at middle linebacker…

"He's got a great mentality for the game," Miles said. "He's a really big presence inside. He's athletic enough to get his hands on the ball, get the pick and really defend the pass. It's a quality move for him."

On utilizing the tight end more in the passing game with Desean Smith and Jacory Washington

"We've used them in the past, and anytime you have a position that is used to block and can also receive, it makes a tremendous difference in your attack," Miles said. "It's another quality receiver. Both will be guys we can use in the fall."

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TSD has loads of content from Thursday's practice session. Check out the links below to get up to speed with how the Tigers are looking as they prepare for the 2014 season.

Offense and Defense Practice Reports


HD VIDEOS: Big Cat, passing drills, LBs in coverage


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