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Last Modified: Sunday, August 17, 2014 1:55 PM
LSU head coach Les Miles was typically coy about the specifics of the Tigers’ first full-scale scrimmage of the season Saturday behind closed doors in Tiger Stadium.
But former Barbe High wide receiver Trey Quinn, a freshman, did catch Miles’ eye — and not just as a pass catcher.
“He had a really nice scrimmage,” Miles said of Quinn, adding that he had “about five catches.”
Miles also said Quinn was “all over the field,” including running the ball several times out of the “I” formation.
“We’re using him all over the field.”
Miles didn’t give the statistics on Quinn’s runs — or much update in the hot quarterback duel between Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings.
“Both quarterbacks played well today. They are improving and doing what needs to be done in order to be ready for the season opener.
“We threw it 40-45 times and completed about 20 balls,” Miles said of the passing game.
He said there were three touchdown passes and one interception while running the 2-minute drill, but didn’t break it down by quarterback.
Miles said Harris and Jennings split time with the No. 1 offense.
One of the highlights, he said, was a long run by touted freshman Leonard Fournette on a broken play.
“We spread the ball around with our running backs,” Miles said. “The young backs (Fournette and Darrell Williams) ran hard and were physical. I think Kenny Hilliard is in position to have a big year and Darrell Williams is right there learning behind him. “
He said the four running backs carried the ball about 14 times each with an unnamed leading rusher going for approximately 60 yards.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter led the Tigers with nine tackles, including four for loss.
“There was a lot of contact initiated by the defense,” Miles said. “There was a lot of speed to the football. I thought the defense was dominant. The defensive front was very physical and tough to move on. Those linebackers are really good too.
“It was slow sledding at times because that defense was fast to the football. I thought our offensive line did a nice job of competing against a tough defensive front.”
Miles got into the spirit of the ALS ice bucket challenge in his own unique way.
In support of what’s also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the ploy of having a whole chest full of ice water poured atop one’s head is sweeping the sports world.
But first Miles got covered in his favorite meal — the first dump on him contained a bucketful of grass clippings from Tiger Stadium. They were quickly washed off with the ice-water shower.
“The grass was warm, but that water was significantly cold!” Miles said. “All for great cause.”
Posted By: J. Fred Ragusa On: 8/18/2014
Title: Support provided in recognition of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Thank you for the LSU school and the football program recognition of support needed to combat the cause of this very progressive neurological disease - ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This disease shuts down the function of stem cells that control voluntary body movements. Caregivers that have a passion to assist life support of ALS patients become an essential part of their everyday living. Blessings to you for your concern.