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“Preseason Camp” Ends, Coach O Discusses Final Preseason Scrimmage Before BYU Prep Begins

Notable notes from the last intersquad game for the Tigers.

LSU had it’s final “preseason” scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, with classes and BYU prep beginning for the team on Monday. Coach O met with the media after to discuss the results.

  • 70 plays each way, worked on red zone and goal line situational packages with a lot of special teams work with live kicking to determine ST starters.
  • Offense started strong, then Defense controlled in the second half.
  • Etling, Brennan and Narcisse all took QB snaps. The defense got 7 sacks, could have been 10.
  • The Starting O-line looked like this:

KJ Malone-LT

Garrett Brumfield-LG

Will Clapp-C

Ed Ingram-RG

Toby Weathersby-RT

Lloyd Cushenberry subbed in a significant time at right guard

  • O went over some detailed scrimmage stats which you can read here, or hear him tell you in the video below.
  • Going forward, O hopes hopes to get more practice outside in the heat. The frequent rain and lightning this week has kept them indoors, which led to some noticeable fatigue in today’s scrimmage.
  • Even with all the hype for Brennan, O says there is little separation in the backup QBs and he would not name an #2 QB.
  • With Tyler Shelvin out, they are looking at Greg Gilmore and Ed “Rougarou” Alexander playing some at NT, though Alexander is battling injury and some weight issues right now. LaCouture also has some experience at NT and might be used.
  • Having the #1 D tested against Matt Canada’s O during preseason is great prep for the young LBs, who are seeing more multiple formations and shifts than they will likely face during the season.
  • Coaches will meet Sunday to decide internally on the depth chart at all positions, including ST starters, but wont announce immediately.
  • Arden Key is still not cleared for practice, will see his doctor this week.
  • Asked about how the offense installation is going, O said pass protection and the intermediate passing game still need work.
  • Not set on a FG kicker yet, but Connor Culp made a 53 yarder in the scrimmage.
  • First day of class is Monday. O says the first practice after school starts is usually the roughest of the year, but he’s glad the team will have a full week of class to get onto rythhm before game week starts.
  • O has not yet met the new Mike, but is glad LSU could find one from Lake Okeechobee, one of his old recruiting stomping grounds back in the day.
  • Walk-on QB Caleb Lewis was awarded a scholarship, along with LB Jonathan Rucker. Lewis worked last season as a signal caller assisting the offensive staff and O was glad to get him back. Rucker is a special teams contributor who already has his undergraduate degree from LSU and is enrolled in graduate school.