LSU QBs shine in scrimmage; Chaisson, Delpit, Fulton, Jefferson, Edwards-Helaire sit out

Glenn Guilbeau
The Daily Advertiser
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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) works out during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

BATON ROUGE — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was sharp, but so was his backup, Myles Brennan, during a game-like scrimmage at Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Burrow, a senior returning starter who missed last Saturday's opening scrimmage with a minor injury, completed 13 of 24 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and led the Tigers to a touchdown in the two-minute drill, according to LSU as the scrimmage was closed.

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Brennan, a sophomore, completed 13 of 25 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown.

"Joe showed leadership and the ability to move the ball and to throw the ball to the right receiver,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "He showed his ability to escape pressure in the pocket. I thought Myles had a tremendous day. He moved around in the pocket and made some big throws."

True freshman tailback John Emery led all rushers with 68 yards on 11 carries, and fellow true freshman Tyrion Price-Davis gained 20 yards on 13 carries. Junior tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire was held out of the scrimmage.  

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan (15) goes through drills during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

"I thought both of those guys looked outstanding," Orgeron said. "We wanted to play our young running backs today, so they handled most of the carries. We wanted to give them the ball and see what they had. I thought they did a good job."

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With junior top wide receiver Justin Jefferson also held out, junior Racey McMath led all receivers with six catches for 58 yards. Sophomore Ja'Marr Chase caught five for 45 yards, and freshman red-shirt Jaray Jenkins caught four for 73 yards.

"A lot of great things went on," Orgeron said. "We had great preparation all week and having Joe back, the offense looked really good. The offense came out and moved the ball pretty well, and the defense responded and did a good job of stopping the offense during the second half."

The defense collected six sacks without sophomore edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson, who sat out the scrimmage following his return to practice on Thursday after missing most of camp. He missed the last 12 games of the 2018 season with a knee injury.

Chaisson is expected back at practice this week along with starting safety Grant Delpit and starting cornerback Kristian Fulton, who each missed the scrimmage Saturday and have missed several practices with minor injuries. All three are expected to be at or near 100% when the final week of preparations begin on Monday, Aug. 26, for the season opener. 

"They’re very close," Orgeron said. "And I think if we had to play a game today, we could have pushed it, and all three of those guys could’ve played. But we didn’t want to do that. We’ll be going into ‘game mode’ next week. They’ll be taking all the first team reps. They should be healthy enough to do team, pass rush, and go over the things we need to do."

The No. 6 Tigers, 10-3 last season, open the season at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, on ESPNU in Tiger Stadium against Georgia Southern.

Freshman signee kicker Cade York again shined Saturday. He hit 7 of 8 field goals, including a 51-yard boot. He also kicked a 51-yard field goal last week in the first scrimmage.  

"We had a lot of special teams and did a lot of substitutions,” Orgeron said. “It was outstanding today on the sideline. Coach Mac (special teams coach Greg McMahon) did a great job of making it game-like. I thought those guys came out to play.”

LSU will scrimmage once more on Saturday, but not in full pads.

"The next time we go live is going to be on game day," Orgeron said.


Orgeron confirmed earlier reports that he would be hiring former Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson to replace injured defensive line coach Dennis Johnson for at least one year.

“We are excited to have Bill join our staff,” Orgeron said in an LSU release on Saturday. “Bill has a long track record of coaching and developing some of the top defensive linemen at both the NFL and collegiate levels. He will do a great job for us as we continue to prepare for our season opener.”

Dennis Johnson injured both his knees playing pick-up basketball over the summer and cannot coach on the field this season. He can return next season, but Orgeron may also look into bringing back Bill Johnson as well for 2020.

"We'll see what happens," he said.

Johnson, 64, was the defensive line coach in 2017 and '18 for the Los Angeles Rams, who reached the Super Bowl last season after defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game in the Superdome. Johnson was the Saints' defensive line coach from 2009 through 2016, including the Super Bowl XLIV title on Feb. 7, 2010, and three other NFC Playoff appearances in 2010, '11 and '13.

Johnson, who was the starting center at Northwestern State in 1978 and '79, was a graduate assistant for the Demons in 1980 before becoming an assistant coach from 1981-84. Orgeron was a defensive lineman at Northwestern State from 1979-83.

Without Dennis Johnson, Orgeron had been spending a lot of time coaching the defensive line, which was his area of expertise for decades as an assistant coach.

"My job is to be the head coach first," Orgeron said.


Orgeron confirmed true freshman offensive guard Kardell Thomas will have surgery on an injury to his ankle suffered at practice last Wednesday, first reported by the "Off The Bench" radio show on 104.5 FM Radio that said Thomas would be out for two months and already had surgery.

"I don't know if he's out for the year, but I know he's getting surgery," Orgeron said.

Another player inadvertently hit the back of Thomas' leg.

"It was an accident," Orgeron said.

Thomas, the No. 1 guard in the nation out of Southern Lab High last year according to the recruiting website, was practicing mainly with the second team during camp but had been showing progress.

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