BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU had its first spring scrimmage on Saturday — closed, naturally — but details began trickling out when players met with the media on Tuesday afternoon.
The consensus from players on both sides of the ball is that the defense won the day. The Tigers offense did not score in the 58-play scrimmage.
Before full-fledged panic breaks out among those fans expecting failure from new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, let senior tight end Foster Moreau explain that it was a combination of great defensive play and shoddy offensive execution.
“They just brought hats to the ball. They were flying around the field. They looked really good,” Moreau said of the defense. “They installed some stuff we haven’t seen. They traced the ends and ran a little bit more saw blitz than we’re used to seeing. But honest to God, they just had a great day.”
Defensive end Breiden Fehoko had major praise for safety Eric Monroe in particular.
“He was at safety and nickel a few times. I’m pretty sure Eric could play corner if he wanted,” Fehoko said. “He’s that athletic of a guy. Like a Swiss Army knife. Wherever we need him, he’ll play in the secondary.”
The offense, which is breaking in a new starting quarterback and running back, frequently hurt itself.
“I think we had 30 plays out of 58 where we either had a missed assignment or a penalty,” Moreau said. “That makes it really tough to win a football game.”
The Tigers insist the plays are there. It was just a matter of not executing them against a more experienced defense.
“From last year to this year, I really love what Coach Ensminger is running,” Fehoko said. “The running game is hard. You have to stay patient and true to your reads. It’s a more patient run game. A lot of zone, a lot of stretches. It’s a West Coast run game. Similar to the NFL.”
Fehoko also believes it’s only a matter of time before the passing attack starts clicking.
“To see the passing game and different route concepts, you’re like, ‘These are Madden plays. That’s a good play right there,'” he said.
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