LSU ends spring training with Purple and White Game
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers wrapped up spring ball with their annual Purple and White Game last Saturday evening in Death Valley. The Tigers White Team, which is made up of both LSU’s starting offense and defense dominated the second and third team units with a 27-0 win over the Purple Squad.
Coach Les Miles was pleased with his team’s effort. “It was a nice ending. It’s imperfect certainly. Our football team needs development. I like where we’re at. I like the way the defense played. They have the opportunity to be much better than they played today. Certainly they showed great potential.”
The Tigers were led on offense by the play of Senior Running Back Charles Scott and sophomore QB Jordan Jefferson. Scott scored on two short runs in the game and Jefferson looked real confident in the pocket for the Tigers.
Scott finished the game with 70-yards on eleven carries and Shepard led the Purple Team with 27-yards on eight carries.
Big plays were made on both sides of the ball with the Tigers Defense scoring in the game as well. Sophomore CB Patrick Peterson picked off a pass and returned it 69-yards for a touchdown in the game and Linebacker Perry Riley made a nice play as he picked off a pass in the first half of the game also.
Tiger Fans were eagerly looking forward to the play of true freshman QB Russell Shepard. It would not take Shepard long to make his presence felt. On the first play of the scrimmage Shepard faced serious pressure from the Tigers D-Line but he stood in the pocket and delivered a nice pass to Tim Molton hearing a roar from the crowd in attendance.
Once an area of major concern, the QB spot has turned into an asset in less than a year for Miles and his Bayou Bengals. “Each phase has places that must improve. Offensively, we certainly have had greater quarterback play than we had last fall. I believe that’s happened. I believe our quarterbacks are going to play with more confidence and give us ability there.”
Shepard then continued to display his athletic ability as he eluded several defenders on a few occasion and came up with two big runs in the early stages of the game. Junior DB Chad Jones was impressed with the play of his teammate.
“It went really well. It was hard tackling Russell Shepard. He ran really well on the field. The defense looked better and the offense looked great as well. It was a great scrimmage.” The Tigers Defense looked much more on the same page under new coordinator John Chavis.
Defensive End Pep Livingston had another solid Spring Game as he paced the Tigers D-Line with two sacks. “The Tigers open the 2009 season on Saturday September 5th against the University of Washington at Huskey Stadium.