LSU concludes spring practice with spring game

Todd Politz
LSU's Purple squad beat the White, 17-7, in the spring game. Photo by LSUsports.net.

The LSU football team wrapped up its spring drills on Saturday, as the Purple squad won the 2016 National L Club Spring Game presented by Tony Chachere's, 17-7, in Tiger Stadium.

Though the competitive balance was swayed in favor of the Purple -- maintaining possession for the entire first half -- both the first and second teams had a chance to show off their skills to the Tiger faithful in a lively scrimmage.

Quarterback Brandon Harris completed 11 of 16 passes for 106 yards, while backup Danny Etling was 6-of-11 for 106 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to recent enrollee Dee Anderson.

Running back Leonard Fournette had eight carries for 49 yards, while his younger brother Lanard Fournette added six touches for 31 net yards. The elder Fournette had a two-yard touchdown run for the Purple at the end of the first quarter to put the side ahead, 10-0.

LSU used six quarterbacks in the scrimmage, including Justin McMillan (6-of-13, 70 yards); Trey LaForge (0-2), Caleb Lewis (0-2) and Spencer Landry.

The Tigers defense, under first-year coordinator Dave Aranda, showed off a variety of blitzes and picked up eight quarterback "sacks" (quarterbacks wore gold "no-contact" jerseys).

Safety Dwayne Thomas led the defense with eight tackles and two sacks, while tackle Davon Godchaux and safety Xavier Lewis each were credited with two sacks.

Freshman cornerback Saivion Smith intercepted a long pass by Harris, and defensive end Isaiah Washington snagged a short toss by Etling early in the contest.

LSU returns to action on Sept. 3, 2016, when the Tigers travel to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.

After the game, LSU head coach Les Miles said, “I certainly enjoyed the game. No one was injured, and there were some good plays made by a host of our guys. Leonard averaged six yards a cary. Malachi (Dupre), in my opinion, made something out of some very short passes. I like Dee Anderson’s reception for a touchdown. He’s a guy who really has the potential to make big plays in big games.

“I like us; I like our spring practice as a whole, and even though the game is not a game, we got functional work with ones versus ones to start. That will be some film that we have not had in several years here, and I look forward to see how our first teams played against each other.”