LSU is about to take a short hiatus from its spring practice for spring break, but showed plenty to impress coach Les Miles through the first two weeks.
The Tigers wrapped up their sixth practice session of the season with a dose of Big Cat drills, live tackling and a scrimmage on Thursday evening.
As Miles prepares for a week away from the practice field and his players, he feels a sense of encouragement.
“We got a lot done,” Miles said. “In these first six practices, we need some correction. We’re not there, but we’re talented and we’re capable, and we’ll get better.”
LSU conducted a 50-play scrimmage during Thursday’s practice.
Standout running back Leonard Fournette, who returned to practice after missing the previous session with a minor soft tissue injury, participated between seven to 10 plays, Miles estimated.
Included in those plays, Fournette exploded for an impressive run to ease the mind of those worried.
“I bet ya he went seven, maybe 10 at the most,” Miles said. “Leonard busted the first one for 50 (yards) down the field.”
Miles also indicated that the defensive line showed a lot of improvement and expressed some happiness with the evolving passing game.
“The defensive line is probably playing pretty good,” he said. “I liked Arden Key. Christian LaCouture played pretty well today. I think (fullback David) Ducre is getting better. We made a couple of nice catches, nice throws, so a nice day.”
As the team prepares for a brief intermission, Miles believes the defense is showing some strong signs at each level.
The coach offered praise for the linebackers, including those filling in for the injured Kendell Beckwith, as well as the defensive backs stepping up in place of injured veterans Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II.
“I think there’s enough speed to play at linebacker,” Miles said. “Devin White looked pretty good. Duke (Riley) continues to improve and Arden Key is having a really nice spring. I think Saivion Smith is going to be a really nice player.
“We have some guys that need to spring a little bit better, and I think the break here will help some guys re-gear their focus and come back and hit hard.”