Tigers Complete Second Fall Scrimmage
BATON ROUGE — The LSU football team held its second and final preseason scrimmage in as many weeks on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at the Tiger practice facility.
The Tigers were orginally scheduled to scrimmage in Tiger Stadium, however a thunderstorm blew through Baton Rouge just as the team was set to begin the scrimmage. LSU then relocated to the LSU practice facility for the two-hour scrimmage.
“It was a little helter-skelter for a while,” LSU coach Nick Saban said. “Right when we got ready to go, it poured down on us. The players did a good job of keeping their concentration while we changed fields.
“I think we did some good things. There were some big plays, big hits, passes defended. The conditions were not great, it was a little bit sloppy out there, but we felt good about the opportunity that we could go out and play.”
The workout began as game-like as possible before shifting to a situational scrimmage towards the end. Saban worked his team in third-down situations as well as in the redzone and two-minute drill.
Led by quarterbacks Josh Booty and Rohan Davey, the offense was able to move the ball and make some big plays against the Tiger defense. Booty led the way with a 13 of 20 effort for 208 yards, while Davey finished 10 of 18 for 142 yards.
“I think we moved the ball effectively the first couple of drives and made some big plays,” said Saban. “Both quarterbacks made good plays and made big plays.”
The running game was also clicking as redshirt freshman LaBrandon Toefield had a team-high 47 yards on only five carries. Starting fullback Tommy Banks rushed six times for 25 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The ball was spread around to the receivers as 12 players caught balls. Josh Reed led all receivers with seven catches and 127 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass from Booty.
Defensively, the first-team played solidly, although not as well as in the first scrimmage.
“I thought that early in the scrimmage the first defense played really well,” Saban said. Overall, it gave up too many big plays and didn’t play as smart as we need it to in some situations.”
LSU opens the season against Western Carolina on Sept. 2 in Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 388-2184 or by visiting the official athletic website of LSU at www.LSUsports.net.