LSU wraps last pre-Spring Game scrimmage

Les Miles is pleased with LSU's improvement

LSU completed its final scrimmage Saturday before next week's Spring Game. The quarterbacks were tested by continued pressure, while Quantavius Leslie had a breakout performance at receiver. The safeties stole the show defensively, and Les Miles weighed in to voice his pleasure with the team's improvement this spring.

LSU took the Tiger Stadium field Saturday for the final scrimmage before next week's Spring Game.

The scrimmage capped off a busy weekend for the Tiger staff as Saturday also marked the end of their three-day coaching clinic. After inspiring speeches by Rob Ryan and Ray Lewis as part of the festivities, LSU turned in a productive performance in the scrimmage Saturday, and Les Miles noted his pleasure with the team's improvement this spring.

"It was a very quality scrimmage," Miles said. "We're not ready to play a game yet, but we're much improved."

LSU does not release official stats from the scrimmage, but Miles said the top two quarterbacks — Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris — threw for 295 yards Saturday. Both worked with the first- and second-teams, and neither wore a protected green jersey during the scrimmage.

The defensive coaches aren't shying away from bringing pressure to test the quarterbacks' mobility. Miles mentioned that he wished he could've worked in a similar fashion with Jennings during bowl practices to simulate that game speed.

"We kept the mobile quarterbacks on their feet and moving," Miles said. "Guys were escaping the pocket at times and they're being tackled. They're being tackled down the field when they run…The ability to pull it down and go get some yards is a good thing."

The defensive line did notch a "couple sacks," but Miles said it was the secondary that stole the show. Cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and Rashard Robinson turned in solid performances, while Rickey Jefferson intercepted a pass and Ronald Martin came up with a pair of picks.

"We feel like our safety position is going to be manned well," Miles said. "They're playing better. There may have been some coverage mistakes in this go, but our safeties are improved."

In the passing game, Quantavius Leslie led all receivers with four catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Travin Dural added four receptions for 36 yards and a score. John Diarse caught a pair for 14 yards and Desean Smith also had a 17-yard reception.

Miles is optimistic that this showing from Leslie is a sign he's ready to contribute.

"It was important for [Leslie] to take some time to understand the system, figure out what he had to do and how to run the routes," Miles said. "It was read correctly, the quarterbacks made nice throws and he did the things he can do. He made some really nice grabs."

LSU was without Terrence Magee after he sprained his ankle in last week's scrimmage. Kenny Hilliard led a hodgepodge group of running backs with 57 yards, and Miles said the entire unit totaled 231 yards rushing. Miles does expect Magee to return to action next week.

Miles also complimented the play of Kendell Beckwith and the other linebackers. Beckwith had six tackles Saturday, including two for a loss.

"Our linebacker corps is going to be very good," Miles said. "Both Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis are guys that are very athletic and can run and hit you. There were some real collisions today. This was a very intense scrimmage and that's how we play in that stadium."


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