CAMP REPORT: Miles shortens practice

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD LSU coach Les Miles Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD LSU coach Les Miles

On the cusp of their final preseason scrimmage, LSU’s players got a reprieve Monday.

Coach Les Miles let the Tigers wrap up their second practice of the day roughly 45 minutes early, a move similar to a decision he made ahead of the team’s first scrimmage last week, in order to ensure they’re crisp at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Traditionally, the final scrimmage closely resembles regular-game action. A week ago, the No. 12 Tigers repped mostly red-zone situations and followed it up Saturday with session emphasizing four-minute scenarios. More importantly, LSU used its second scrimmage to look at selection situations and matchups that might arise in the season opener against No. 20 TCU on Aug. 31 in the Cowboys Classic.

The lone position battle that is lingering for resolution is at the center spot.

Elliott Porter, a junior and seeming incumbent to P.J. Lonergan, is at risk of being supplanted by true freshman Ethan Pocic, who was moved to center in spring after he enrolled early in order to help bolster depth.

Since March, Miles hasn’t been hesitant to praise the Lemont, Ill., native and deem him likely to see snaps early in the season.

Whether he takes the top run on the depth chart remains to be seen, but Pocic and Porter’s performances Tuesday might be a factor in the decision.

Meanwhile, junior defensive end Jordan Allen, who is coming off a torn ACL, appears to be fending off sophomore Danielle Hunter for a bookend spot opposite junior Jermauria Rasco, who has been held out of both scrimmages as he rests a surgically repaired shoulder.

Outside of the starting lineup, there position groups across the depth chart trying to set themselves at the second and third-tiers.

Miles radio show Wednesday

And if you’d like to hear Miles discuss how the two-deep shakes out, the chance arrives Wednesday.

Miles’ weekly radio show resumes at 7 p.m. at TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway, and is hosted by LSU broadcaster Jim Hawthorne.

The one-hour radio show runs for 15 weeks this fall, ending Nov. 27 ahead of the Tigers’ season-finale against Arkansas.

Miles fields questions from fans in attendance and call-in question from listeners about the Tigers.

The show can be heard in the Baton Rouge area on WDGL-FM, 98.1 as well as the GeauxZone on www.LSUsports.net/live.