Quarterback Zach Mettenberger connected on 15 of 30 passes for 190 yards and two scores as top-ranked LSU went through its preseason scrimmage Saturday indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility, according to a university news release.
Saturday’s scrimmage, which was closed to the media and was the first of three for the Tigers before the season opener, featured 80 snaps for the first and second teams and 25 plays for the third team. LSU also spent time working different areas of special teams, including kickoff coverage and kickoff return as well as punt coverage and punt return.
LSU will take Sunday off before returning to practice Monday when the team will have two workouts. LSU’s next scrimmage is scheduled for Thursday in Tiger Stadium.
“The scrimmage is awfully important to the development of any team, and I felt like we saw a lot of young guys in a bunch of different spots and a new quarterback that’s operating the business,” Miles said. “We got a lot accomplished, but we are not ready to play a game. We were sloppy — we had two substitution penalties and several pass interferences. But this is a perfect way to correct your team. This film will be studied by the players and coaches as we go forward.”
Miles complimented the play of first-year starter Mettenberger, who threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. and a 31-yard scoring pass to James Wright. Miles said backup quarterback Stephen Rivers was 6 of 10 for 100 yards.
Jeremy Hill led all rushers with 71 yards on nine carries followed by Kenny Hilliard with 31 yards on eight attempts. Michael Ford ran for 30 yards.
“I enjoyed the rushers,” Miles said. “I think Jeremy Hill made a couple of really nice moves and (Russell) Shepard took a couple of balls out of the backfield. We rushed the football pretty well. I thought we threw the ball better than we had (in previous practices). It was a good day and a nice first scrimmage.”
Beckham Jr. led all receivers with four catches for 101 yards, while James Wright hauled in four passes for 57 yards and Shepard four for 16 yards.
Defensively, junior cornerback Tharold Simon had two tackles, including one sack, and an interception. Linebackers Lamin Barrow and Kevin Minter both had four tackles, while Sam Montgomery had a sack. Barrow also added a sack from the outside linebacker position.
“I thought there were some really good performances, but the reality of it is it was what we needed as a team,” Miles said. “I like where we’re at. I really do. I think there’s energy here. I think we are progressing.”