Tigers test out expanded stadium in first scrimmage
BATON ROUGE - LSU tested the new turf for the first time in the newly updated Tiger Stadium as the 13th-ranked team engaged in a short scrimmage on Wednesday.
The scrimmage featured about 50 plays in scenarios ranging from first-and-10 to third-and-long with some work done on special teams. It was the first team visit to the expanded stadium since they showed up for camp earlier this month.
Coach Les Miles was enthusiastic about developments on the quarterback and defensive fronts. Statistics released from the practice session were limited, but Miles highlighted two touchdown passes caught by redshirt freshman Avery Peterson and a grab by sophomore Travin Dural.
Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris evenly divided duty under center with the first and second Tiger offense to give each candidate a chance to shine.
Miles also applauded defensive efforts from redshirt freshman tackle Frank Herron and sophomore defensive tackle Christian LaCouture. Both will start when the Tigers take on Wisconsin in the season-opener.
Thursday will be a welcome day off from practice for the Tigers leading up to two workouts on Friday and the first full-scale scrimmage on Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium.
LSU begins their 2014 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 30 as the Tigers head to Houston to meet the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.