BATON ROUGE, La. — Quarterback Justin McMillan, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson all impressed in the 2018 LSU spring game Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
McMillan led three scoring drives —two with the first-team offense — as the Purple beat the White 28-27. Team Purple consisted of the first-team defense and second-team offense, while Team White was made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense.
Purple 28, White 27: Justin McMillan jumped Lowell Narcisse’s spot in the quarterback rotation, leading Team White down the field and scoring on a 12-yard run with 28 seconds left. White went for 2, but defensive end Breiden Fehoko disrupted McMillan’s pass attempt to Foster Moreau to clinch the win.
Purple 28, White 21: Myles Brennan led his first scoring drive of the game with 2:27 remaining, hitting tight end Jacory Washington.
White 21, Purple 21: Another impressive mix of Justin McMillan and Clyde-Edwards Helaire on a scoring drive that culminated in a 3-yard Edwards-Helaire touchdown. It’s starting to look possible that we might see that combination at some point in the regular season.
Purple 21, White 14: If the Tigers can find a way to get Tae Provens in the open field… they should do it. The defense bit on a Lowell Narcisse read-option, allowing the lightning-quick Provens to score untouched from 28 yards out. He is without question the fastest back on this team.
Halftime: Purple 14, White 14
Quick observations from the first half:
- Justin McMillan has looked very good. Lowell Narcisse has looked mostly good. Myles Brennan has looked decent enough — definitely has a rocket of an arm, but has not hit his receivers as accurately as his teammates.
- Outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson isn’t quite “sophomore year Arden Key,” but I wouldn’t bet against him reaching that level by the fall. It feels like he’s in the backfield every other play.
- We’ll see how good Cal grad transfer Tre Watson is if he elects to come to LSU, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks more than capable of being an SEC starting running back.
Purple 14, White 14: It took Justin McMillan just 2 plays and 22 seconds to move the offense 72 yards downfield for a score before halftime. McMillan hit Stephen Sullivan deep before connecting with Drake Davis for the touchdown.
White 14, Purple 7: Lanard Fournette scored from a yard out to get the No. 2 offense on the scoreboard.
The big play was a 63-yard reception from Lowell Narcisse to Derrick Dillon. All three quarterbacks have rotated in with the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses, but Narcisse has looked the most consistent so far.
White 14, Purple 0: McMillan and Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the first-team offense down the field for its second score of the game. Edwards-Helaire had three first-down runs on the 18-play, 88-yard drive.
However, it was Nick Brossette who vultured the touchdown with a 1-yard run.
The drive started when the No. 2 offense was stymied in the red zone on fourth down. Two drives have ended in the red zone on fourth downs as Ed Orgeron is taking an anti-field goal philosophy today.
White 7, Purple 0: In a live game, pass rusher Andre Anthony would have plastered Lowell Narcisse after making it to the quarterback untouched. But since it’s a fake game, Anthony wisely slowed down. It bought Narcisse just enough time to find Justin Jefferson, who made a nifty one-handed catch against Greedy Williams, blew by John Battle and made it all the way downfield for an impressive 94-yard touchdown.