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Saturday, April 01, 2006

LSU spring game

BATON ROUGE - Head coach Les Miles was pleased with his team following their spring "game" at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. It was more a controlled scrimmage working through about 100 plays than an actual game like in previous seasons.

The town may be ready for some basketball, but more than 3,000 fans came out in the beautiful weather to watch some football. Many walked across Nicholson to catch a baseball game too.

The first-team offense started off against the second-team defense before the first-team defense took on the second-team offense. Matt Flynn worked with the starters while Ryan Perrilloux quarterbacked the back-ups. Perrilloux showed his mobility in eluding defenders when the pocket collapsed. He's got the mobility to run for yards or scramble to find open receivers downfield. Both need some work on their deep balls though. They overthrew receivers quite a few times.

Former Evangel star Jacob Hester looked good at tailback early, starting with the first team. On one run, he plowed over poor freshman linebacker Jacob Cutrera. That drew some "ooohs" from the fans.

Dwayne Bowe was very impressive snagging several touchdown passes in the scrimmage.

One player who had the interest of several members of the media was freshman running back Trindon Holliday. Holliday (5-5, 165) practically broke the ankle of a defender with a cut-back move late in the scrimmage. He also had a couple of kickoff returns where he squeezed through the slimmest of holes, then accelerated for big gains. Skyler Green's name was popping up among reporters as a comparison when they started talking about Holliday.

Defensively, Glen Dorsey is going to be the heart and soul of the defense next season. He's going to fill in nicely for Claude Wroten and Kyle Williams. Miles also threw a couple of compliments at defensive tackle Marlon Favorite and the linebacker corps.

Check The Times' LSU Web site (www.lsubeat.com) on Monday for audio of coach Miles post-scrimmage comments.


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