BATON ROUGE, La. — Quarterbacks Danny Etling and Myles Brennan took the majority of the reps Saturday when the LSU football team held its second scrimmage of the fall.
Etling is still the Tigers’ starting quarterback per LSU football coach Ed Orgeron. But Brennan earned some first-team reps Saturday and outplayed Etling on the stat sheet, throwing for 107 yards and one touchdown against Etling’s 114 yards and two interceptions.
Behind Etling and Brennan, Orgeron said all of LSU’s quarterbacks saw the field, but not everyone threw as many passes as Etling or Brennan.
One thing Orgeron did point out about Etling’s stat line was he was a victim of some poor pass blocking from LSU’s still-patchwork offensive line.
“Myles did practice a couple of snaps with the first team today and did well,” Orgeron said. “But again, I thought that the offensive line blocked pretty well in the run game but our protection was a little shabby today. We went to a two-minute drill at the end and our protection wasn’t what we needed. The sense of urgency wasn’t there with the offense. Danny was under a lot of pressure every time he threw the ball.”
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Etling and Brennan headlined the passing game, but the run game took over for LSU Saturday. Darrel Williams and Nick Brossette showed their ability to carry a load with more than 10 carries apiece, while a limited Derrius Guice showed why he’s one of the best big-play backs in the country.
Darrel Williams: 16 carries, 76 yards, 2 TDs
Nick Brossette: 13 carries, 54 yards
Derrius Guice: 9 carries, 102 yards, 60-yard TD
After D.J. Chark, LSU’s receiving corps is still in a bit of flux. Orgeron said in his press conference that Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon have stepped up as the Tigers’ next-most reliable options at receiver, though Gage didn’t reflect that on the stat sheet Saturday.
Additionally, a pair of freshmen showed their deep-play ability, with long gainers from both JaCoby Stevens and Mannie Netherly.
D.J. Chark: 3 catches, 52 yards
Derrick Dillon: 2 catches, 52 yards
JaCoby Stevens: 2 catches, 37 yards
Caleb Roddy: 2 catches, 5 yards
Mannie Netherly: 1 catch, 60 yards, TD
Russell Gage: 1 catch, 2 yards
As mentioned at the top, LSU’s offensive line is still working through some injuries with center Will Clapp rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery. Tackles K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby returned to the starting lineup after missing the Tigers’ first fall scrimmage, but Clapp’s absence forced Lloyd Cushenberry to return to center and true freshman Ed Ingram to line up at right guard, making the starting lineup as such:
LT: K.J. Malone
LG: Garrett Brumfield
C: Lloyd Cushenberry
RG: Ed Ingram
RT: Ed Weathersby
Orgeron described Saturday as an “offense dominated” scrimmage, but a few Tigers defenders stood out, especially on the defensive line. Beyond the D-Line, freshman safety Grant Delpit made the big play, returning an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.
DT Rashard Lawrence: 6 tackles, 1 TFL
DT Glen Logan: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 1 quarterback pressure
DT Greg Gilmore: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
CB Jontre Kirklin: 4 tackles
OLB K’Lavon Chaisson: 4 tackles, 1 sack
ILB Tyler Taylor: 3 tackles
S Grant Delpit: 1 INT TD
The following players missed time or were limited in Saturday’s scrimmage.
- Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire did not scrimmage Saturday. Orgeron said he expects the freshman to be back Monday.
- At wide receiver, both Dee Anderson and Racey McMath missed time Saturday. Orgeron said he thinks McMath will be back by Monday but gave no timetable on Anderson’s return.
- Along with Clapp, LSU guard Donovaughn Campbell missed time on the offensive line Saturday.
- Outside linebacker Andre Anthony was out for the scrimmage, and Orgeron made it sound like he’s missed more time than just Saturday. With Anthony out and Arden Key still rehabbing from his offseason surgery, Ray Thornton and K’Lavon Chaisson took the majority of the reps at first-team outside linebacker.