LSU Notes: Tigers mum on QBs after scrimmage; Thomas could return

Avery Peterson and Travin Dural caught touchdown passes during LSU’s first scrimmage of the fall camp Wednesday.

Who threw them? That remains a secret.

LSU had a 26-play scrimmage in Tiger Stadium following normal drills Wednesday, the first live game-like situation of fall camp. Reporters were not allowed to view the scrimmage, relying on the word of Miles. Players were not made available.

The quarterback competition between sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris continues to wage. Each took equal amounts of snaps with the first and second units Wednesday, Miles said.

“They’re both really improving,” the coach said of the duo, battling to be LSU’s starter. “Wouldn’t want to say there’s an edge.”

Receiver Malachi Dupre and running back Leonard Fournette, two highly touted freshmen in LSU’s No. 2-ranked signing class, did not participate in the scrimmage.

Dupre is “really nicked,” Miles said. The coach said he doesn’t “think it’s anything major.”

Fournette, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the land in the 2014 class, is a “little nicked up” and was held out of the live scrimmage as a precaution, Miles said. Fournette did practice during regular drills, the coach said. He has a “little bruise,” Miles said.

LSU will conduct a full scrimmage Saturday, also closed to the media and public.

Miles said Wednesday’s partial scrimmage “was pretty productive,” but included several penalties, including offensive and defensive pass interference and pre-snap flags.

Miles suggested that the defense was ahead of the offense, specifically the lines.

The quarterbacks, Miles said, performed well 70 percent of the time and poorly 30 percent.

“I think both guys are improving,” Miles said. “They’re young, both engaged in leadership and want and have command of the offense. They don’t know what command is. They don’t necessarily understand what has to be communicated to make this thing go easy. They’re learning.”

Thomas to return

Defensive tackle Quentin Thomas could return to the team earlier than first reported.

Thomas, a redshirt junior from Breaux Bridge, tore his biceps last week during practice. The Advocate reported last week that he was expected to miss the season.

Thomas has opted out of surgery and will play with the injury. He was a part of individual drills Wednesday, Miles said.

Thomas could return to full speed as soon as two days, the coach said.

“He went through individual and moved,” Miles said of Thomas on Wednesday. “One of those things, you have a big old arm and get it nicked.”

Smoothie talk

Miles did, after all, drink a grass smoothie.

Miles has a small part in an ESPN commercial showing him drinking a green smoothie from Tiger Stadium.

“I had no idea of what it was before I got there. I walk in the shoot and go, ‘Aw, you got to be kidding me,’” Miles said. “They had grass shavings around a very, very healthy green smoothie.”

The coach said the smoothie was “really pretty good.” After he drank it, an ESPN worker told him it included some grass.

One the move

LSU offensive guard signee William Clapp has been moved to center.

A four-star signee from Brother Martin, Clapp is adjusting to the new role.

“I’m learning how to make all the calls and identify all the fronts,” he said Sunday. “At center, everything starts with you, so I’m trying to get all that stuff down.”

No Valentine

Four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine was reportedly expected to be cleared by the NCAA to practice this week. That hasn’t happened, according to the school.

Miles had no update on the situation Wednesday.

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