Posted at 6:53 pm on August 18, 2018

Ed Orgeron: Quarterbacks played “a lot better,” but defense dominant again in second preseason scrimmage

Courtesy of LSU Sports Information
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James Moran
James Moran was named Editor of Tiger Rag in August 2018. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He covers LSU football and baseball and is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

Thirty-five percent.

That was the combined completion percentage in Saturday’s scrimmage from the 50 percent of LSU’s scholarship quarterbacks who remain in the competition for the starting job.

Joe Burrow went 10-for-24 for 120 yards with one touchdown and one interception while Myles Brennan went 5-for-19 for 47 yards with one interception as LSU closed out fall camp with preseason game No. 2 at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the uninspiring numbers, LSU coach Ed Orgeron felt both of his quarterbacks played reasonably well. The defense again won the day with a “dominant” showing in Orgeron’s estimation, but a litany of drops apparently contributed to keeping the offense down.

“They threw the ball well,” the coach said. “They made some good decisions in two-minute (situations). There were a lot of dropped passes where the passes were right on the money. They were a lot better today.”

It was the receivers who struggled most in this week’s scrimmage, according to Orgeron. The group was shorthanded — Jonathan Giles did not participate and Justin Jefferson was on a limited pitch count — and dropped an “unusual” amount of passes.

“We need to get better at that,” he added. “I thought they threw a lot of good passes. We had a lot of young guys out there and we didn’t catch the ball well. There needs to be some improvement this week.”

The LSU staff will evaluate the game film from Saturday before the team turns its attention to preparing for Miami beginning Monday. The season opener is two weeks away, but Orgeron still insists he’s not ready to pick a starting quarterback.

“Not yet,” Orgeron said. “We’ll talk about it as a staff. I think there’s things we need to see this week to make a decision.”

STANDOUTS

  1. RB Chris Curry (8 carries for 35 yards)

“He showed some things today and made some plays … Power runner. He can run the ball inside in between the tackles. Has enough speed to go outside, but I thought he lowered his shoulder pads and made a lot of runs in between the tackles today.”

  1. CB Kelvin Joseph

“He had some batted balls and played a lot with the first-team defense today. He has a strong possibility of starting. We have not named him the starter yet, but there’s a strong possibility he could start.”

  1. NT Tyler Shelvin (4 tackles, 1 TFL)

“He had his best scrimmage.”

SCRIMMAGE STATS

Passing

Myles Brennan | 5-19 for 47 yards, 1 INT

Joe Burrow | 10-24 for 120 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing

Chris Curry | 8 carries for 35 yards

Nick Brossette | 6 carries for 16 yards

-Lanard Fournette | 5 carries for 13 yards

Receiving

WR Terrace Marshall | 3 receptions for 44 yards, 1 touchdown

Defense

LB Damone Clark | 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack

LB Jacob Phillips | 5 tackles

NT Tyler Shelvin | 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Kicking

Cole Tracy | 1 of 2 on field goals (no distance disclosed)

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