Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Kentucky and LSU scrimmage notes
By Edward Aschoff
Kentucky held a mock scrimmage Tuesday to close out preseason camp.
The Wildcats dressed in full game attire and went through a handful of different game situations during the hour and a half.
“Today, we tried to make sure that we get into game day organization, about how we stretch, how we take the field, all of that,” coach Joker Phillips said. “I thought that we were pretty sharp and crisp. We had a lot of different situations that we went over and a lot of different personnel on and off the field. We did a lot of different kicking situations with sudden changes and I was pleased with how we handled ourselves. We didn’t have 12 guys on the field, or 10, we had 11 guys and I think that is important. We feel good going into the season.”
Classes at Kentucky begin Wednesday, so players won't practice, but will return to the field Thursday. There is more information on Kentucky's mock scrimmage on Kentucky's official website.
Despite the off-field distractions surrounding LSU's football team, the Tigers conducted their final scrimmage before the opener against No. 3 Oregon.
LSU's Nos. 1 and 2 offenses and defenses scrimmaged against LSU's Oregon-like scout team.
LSU's offense combined to throw for 277 yards and 250 rushing yards. Quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee got most of the snaps and each spent time with the No. 1 offense.
Sophomore Alfred Blue led the team in rushing with 70 yards on four carries, Spencer Ware added 63 yards on eight carries, and Michael Ford had 30 yards on two rushes. James Wright had a team-high 69 yards on three receptions, while Russell Shepard caught three passes for 50 yards.
Defensively, sophomore defensive tackle Bennie Logan had four tackles and a sack, while defensive end Sam Montgomery recorded four tackles with a sack.
“I felt like today's practice was a very good one,” coach Les Miles said. “I think our guys are a little weighed down by all this. I feel like we all are. Today's practice really was against Oregon and Oregon looks. It was very crisp. We tackled live for half of it and we went thud (no tackling to the ground) for half of it.
“We got a lot of reps in all phases, including special teams and certain situations. After that we had a nice run. Our team will be in great shape for Oregon, I promise."
You can read more about LSU's final scrimmage on the Tigers' official website.