The final scrimmage for LSU’s preseason camp left Les Miles pleased at the 120 snaps of film for his staff to review, but there’s also little doubt where the focus shifts now.
Ten days remain until the No. 12 Tigers open the season against No. 20 TCU at the Cowboys Classic, and the program can not pivot its focus to facing the Horned Frogs.
“You betcha,” Miles said upon being asked whether LSU has shifted into preparation mode.
If the Tigers’ camp has been largely uneventful, the opposite is true of TCU.
The Horned Frogs opened preseason preparations knowing defensive end Devonte Fields would not suit up while serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules.
Yet, coach Gary Patterson saw starting left guard Michael Thompson leave the program because of a medical disqualification stemming from multiple knee injuries. A day earlier, on Aug. 5, starting linebacker Joel Hasley also left, and offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje did not report to camp on
Oh, and there’s the still ongoing quarterback duel between senior Casy Pachall and sophomore Trevone Boykin. They could wind up splitting snaps.
“We expected both guys to play anyway,” Miles said. “Both are talented guys. Both guys can throw it, and both guys can run it.
“One runs it a little bit better maybe than another, and one can throw it a little bit better than the other. But both can play quarterback.”
Jefferson faced discipline
Freshman defensive back Rickey Jefferson has already served internal punishment Miles said a day after Jefferson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a fight with a sheriff’s deputy during a Mardi Gras parade in February.
In exchange for pleading to guilty to resisting arrest, Jefferson, the younger brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, faces two years of probation.
“In the time that we had him, we kind of anticipated that this thing was going to resolve it self,” Miles said. “We talked to him and gave him small, really inconsequential discipline. Again, we really anticipated this thing would resolve itself.”
Miles did not disclose details of how LSU punished Jefferson.
Kicking job is set
If Miles doesn’t have certain sections of the depth chart set, then it’s not the case at placekicker.
The job belongs to redshirt freshman Colby Delahoussaye.
“Delahoussaye is the starter at (extra) points and field goals,” Miles said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Trent Domingue come in to get a long field goal or one from an angle. I wouldn’t be surprised in James Hairston came in and hit a very long one.”
Diarse’s ankle dandy
Injuries had nagged at a portion of the wide receiving corps, but freshman and Neville product John Diarse is back from a sprained ankle.
“He’s back, and I’m glad he is,” Miles said. “There’s a post (route) somewhere with his name on it.”
Miles back on the air
Miles’ weekly radio show resumes in its Wednesday time slot at 7 p.m. on WDGL-FM 98.1
The show is broadcast from TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway, and Miles also fields comments and questions from LSU fans.