BATON ROUGE, La. — For the final time before their Sept. 3 season opener against Wisconsin, LSU football players hit someone else in earnest Tuesday during a 100-play scrimmage. And perhaps most importantly, given the tenor of the Tigers’ training camp, nobody was hurt in the process.
“We had a long work day, the last tackling for camp,” coach Les Miles said.
Miles used the practice as a preparation for the Badgers, pitting first- and second-teamers against a scout team of third-stringers and likely redshirts.
“It was the best overall live work that we’ve had,” Miles said. “We looked at Wisconsin and some of our future opponents.”
According to Miles, quarterback Brandon Harris was 12-for-15 — or 12-for-17, possibly, as Miles wasn’t keeping meticulous stats — with the greater point being that Harris continues to progress to his coach’s liking. Harris threw for a reported 133 yards and two scores.
One of Harris’ favorite targets, Travin Dural, was back on the field after missing Saturday’s scrimmage due to a hand injury.
“It was nice to see Travin back,” Miles said.
Dural will soon be joined by running back Leonard Fournette, who did not practice with the team but is out of a walking boot and able to participate in conditioning drills.
“Leonard was out running today and yesterday,” Miles said. “Next time we take the field, my guess is he will be out there.”
Fournette is recovering from a sprained ankle. LSU is off Wednesday and returns to practice on Thursday.
Defensively, Miles said that safety Jamal Adams got his hands on a couple of passes, intercepting one and dropping another against the scout team offense. Sophomore cornerback/nickelback Donte Jackson also returned an interception for a touchdown.
“It was really an eventful scrimmage,” Miles said. “And we came out healthy, which is just what we needed.”