The launch of ESPN's SEC Network on Thursday stole all of the college football headlines this week. And LSU was certainly not left out of the party.
Head coach Les Miles was interviewed by the SEC Network's Peter Burns on Thursday. Two of the network's prominent analysts, former LSU All-American defensive linemen in Marcus Spears and Anthony "Booger" McFarland, made their debuts.
ESPN has also been at practice since the beginning of the week for an All-Access look at the Tigers.
But outside of the bright lights of the worldwide leader, fall camp continued.
Wednesday was an eventful day for LSU. The Tigers competed in their first scrimmage despite missing key players. Here are a few headlines from the entire week.
Quarterback Battle Continues
LSU's Wednesday scrimmage lasted approximately 50 plays, according to LSU Sports Information. Receivers Travin Dural and Avery Peterson both caught touchdown passes, though LSU would would not say which quarterback threw them.
Miles said both sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris took an equal amount of snaps with the first and second units and played well 70 percent of the time.
Judging scrimmage performances can be tricky. They are closed to the public and the media, which means all information is released from the team.
Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will not make a decision on who will be under center until late August.
Highly touted freshmen Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre were held out of Wednesday's scrimmage due to injury, per ESPN.com.
Miles said the injuries are minor. He knows the importance of Fournette and Dupre to LSU's success this season. It will be their first time fighting through the grind of an SEC schedule, so staying on the side of caution is smart.
Quentin Thomas Returns to Practice
The Advocate reported starting defensive tackle Quentin Thomas would be out for the season with torn biceps. Luckily for Miles, that looks like it will not be the case.
Thomas returned to practice on Wednesday and Miles said he could possibly be back working out in full with the team, per The Times-Picayune.
Miles will not need to rush Thomas back in to action. The Tigers have three talented redshirt freshmen that can fill the void in Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Maquedius Bain.
Fall Camp Schedule
LSU will have split practices on Friday, with one practice in the morning and another in the afternoon. The Tigers will have a full padded scrimmage on Saturday and have an off day on Sunday.
Miles is heading into his 10th season in Baton Rouge. He understands the rigors of an SEC schedule as well as anyone. It is vital to have as many players healthy for the start of the season.
Fournette and Dupre probably could have played on Wednesday but risking their health in a meaningless scrimmage is unnecessary. Expect Miles to continue to be cautious with player injuries.
Here is LSU's schedule for next week, via The Advocate.
Monday, Aug. 18, 8:45 a.m. Practice & 4:15 p.m. Walk-through
Tuesday, Aug. 19 3:30 p.m. Scrimmage (closed)
Wednesday, Aug. 20 4 p.m. Walk-through
Thursday, Aug. 21 4:35 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 22 4:30 p.m. Practice
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