Much of the LSU offseason news has centered around an apparent shift toward a more spread offense.
Finally, with practice underway, that talk has been backed up with actual football.
LSU coach Les Miles has stressed the importance of evolving the team’s passing offense this spring, and believed Monday’s fast start should set the tone for what he expects over the next month of practice.
Miles said. “I want to throw the football for 15 practices like we did today,” Miles said, according to ABC 26’s Ed Daniels.
Asked if the coaching staff was spending more time on throwing the football around this spring, Miles said, “No question, ” per Daniels.
Additionally, Miles admitted that he and his staff made some “offseason studies” on the passing game, and investigated specific details to breaking down other teams’ systems, according to the Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Fittingly, LSU’s rising junior quarterback has taken to the change well.
Brandon Harris, who participated in the Tigers’ first spring practice after undergoing hernia surgery in January, caught the LSU coaches’ attention for all of the right reasons.
Miles’ thoughts on Harris’ progress?
“Brandon Harris is much more comfortable under center,” Miles said, per NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter. “Much better.”
Quarterback Anthony Jennings did not participate in practice due to midterms, and former Purdue transfer Danny Etling saw added snaps behind center.
Asked if Etling had a leg up on Jennings — or Harris, for that matter — Miles opted to deflect, perhaps further indicating there was no competition at all.
“Today more about teaching than competition,” the coach stated, according to the Advocate’s Scott Rabalais.