From the start of LSU’s preseason practice, Les Miles said he and his coaching staff would tinker and experiment with different players at various positions.
One of their first moves was to send four defensive players, including freshman linebacker Melvin Jones, over to work catching passes with the offense.
Apparently, it was a successful experiment. Miles said after Wednesday’s scrimmage that Jones (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) now calls the fullback position home and may also get a look at tight end as well.
“He’s jumped in there at a bunch of” positions, Miles said. “We kind of like him.”
Jones joins seniors J.C. Copeland and Connor Neighbors at fullback.
LSU has such a deep linebacker corps it is able to afford to send Jones over to the offense despite the decision of redshirt freshman Trey Granier to transfer.
Granier (6-1, 226) isn’t listed on LSU’s preseason depth chart and didn’t elicit much talk about playing a significant role this fall.
“He has an immediate want to play,” Miles said. “I certainly understand that.
“He’s a very quality person. He did everything we asked him to do, and he did it very well. We have a different path at this point, and we wish him the best.”
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Granier wrote: “even during the toughest times my head will be held high seeking the next opportunity.”
Miles was asked about how the kickers did in Wednesday’s scrimmage, which was held indoors because of rainy weather. He said junior James Hairston and redshirt freshman Colby Delahoussaye performed well, not missing consistently until they got to about 53 yards out.
Miles has mentioned Delahoussaye as a likely pick to succeed Drew Alleman, but the competition with Hairston remains tight. Hairston handled most of the Tigers’ kickoffs last season.
Testing in progress
Miles said the Tigers will have a number of situational scrimmages this preseason and likened them to getting prepared to take a test.
“We’re preparing our team to go to the field, with substitions and calling in plays from the sideline, so it helps to scrimmage in a number of formats,” he said.
“It’s kind of like when you’re in college and you studying for a test. It doesn’t do you any good to continue to read the book — you have to prepare to write your answer. We’re trying to get the coaches off the field and let them show us what they know.”
ESPN crews set
ESPN has released the names of its college football announcing crews for the upcoming season on its various networks.
According to LSU, ESPN’s Saturday prime-time crew of Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will call the Tigers’ Aug. 31 season opener against TCU in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
SEC says no to EA Sports
The Southeastern Conference has become the latest college conference to announce it will no longer license its trademarks to be used in EA Sports’ popular college football game.
The NCAA made a similar announcement last month, saying each school and conference was free make its own licensing decisions.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have also reportedly announced their schools will not participate in the game.