Monday, March 29, 2010
Reviewing LSU's spring game
By Chris Low
LSU concluded its spring last Saturday with its annual spring game. The White defeated the Purple 24-9 as Stevan Ridley rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Russell Shepard played for both teams and was heavily involved in the offense. He had 117 yards on 12 touches and got the ball on four of the first nine plays on the initial drive.
There wasn't a lot of good news at quarterback. Jordan Jefferson struggled on a windy day, and Jarrett Lee -- who had played extremely well this spring -- threw an interception that was returned 22 yards for a touchdown by safety Craig Loston.
Lee threw seven picks that were returned for touchdowns two years ago as the starter, but had rebounded this spring and was pushing Jefferson. LSU coach Les Miles said last week that he wanted to see Jefferson take the job and run with it, but he hasn't done that so far.
It sounds like there could still be some more intrigue at the quarterback position when preseason practice resumes in August.
The LSU coaches handed out their spring awards. Guard Will Blackwell, offensive tackle Alex Hurst and running back Michael Ford were named the Ralph Norwood Performance Award winners, which goes to the top offensive performers of spring drills.
The Toby Caston Performance Awards, which go to the top defensive performers of the spring, were shared by cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne and defensive end Sam Montgomery.
The LSU defensive staff thinks Claiborne has an excellent chance to follow Peterson as the Tigers' next great cornerback, while Montgomery made play after play this spring to push for a starting spot. He had two sacks in the spring game.
The Eric Andolsek Award for offensive leadership went to guard Josh Dworaczyk. The Mike Miley Award for defensive leadership went to defensive tackle Drake Nevis, who also won the Jimmy Taylor Award for outstanding leadership, effort and performance.
The Most Improved Award was shared by cornerback Ron Brooks, defensive tackle Michael Brockers and tight end Chase Clement. The Jerry Stovall Special Teams Award went to kicker Josh Jasper, who capped a solid spring by going 3-for-3 in field goals in the spring game, including a 57-yarder that would have been a school record if it was in an actual game.