LSU went into Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon for its second scrimmage of fall camp and head football coach Ed Orgeron met virtually with reporters to recap the day.
“Excellent job by our team about getting the intensity up, it was a great day and a lot of enthusiasm on both sides of the football,” Orgeron said. “The defense started fast but the first and second offense drove up and down the field after that. Offense had a better day today scoring points, made some big plays. I think we got what we wanted to get done out there today.”
Quarterbacks Max Johnson and Garrett Nussmeier posted numbers that strongly resembled their outings from the first scrimmage. Johnson was 11-19 for 125 yards and a touchdown, while Nussmeier was 18-32 for 308 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Keep in mind Johnson was going up against the first-team defense, while Nuss played against the twos.
“Max is our starting quarterback,” Orgeron said. “Garrett is going to be one great quarterback. He is dynamite. He had some big plays, he had a fourth-and-27 or something and hit a bomb for 60 or 70 yards.”
Injuries to John Emery and Tyrion Davis-Price sidelined the junior running backs, so former walk on/now on scholarship sophomore Josh Williams got to be the feature back with seven carries for 66 yards. Freshman Armoni Goodwin got six carries for 25 yards, while Corey Kiner got five carries and picked up 15 yards.
On the receiving side a pair of new names got some shine. Freshman Malik Nabers caught four balls for 79 yards and a score, while Deion Smith had three catches for 67 yards and a score. Junior Devonta Lee has continued to impress as he’s transitioned to tight end and led the way with five grabs for 85 yards and this toe-tap along the sideline.
Defensively LSU got havoc from its pass rush once again namely from a pair of freshmen. Maason Smith tallied three sacks, while Zavier Carter grabbed two of his own.
“We still had some protection problems, but we improved as the day went on,” Orgeron said
Saturday marked the end of fall camp. Orgeron said the coaching staff will begin game planning for UCLA and the team will have a mock game on Saturday.
“We’re going to fix LSU obviously but it’s totally game planning for UCLA,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to have a mock game next Saturday against UCLA and then we’re going to go over the gameplan again and be ready for the game.”