Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana
BATON ROUGE LSU coach Les Miles is not expected to name a starting quarterback to the media before the Tigers' season opener against Wisconsin on Aug. 30 in Houston, but he said he will inform that quarterback two days before the game on that Thursday.
'We'll tell the starter probably that Thursday when we put together the final list of startiers,' Miles said after a 120-play scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Tuesday night.
Sophomore Anthony Jennings of Marietta, Ga., and freshman Brandon Harris of Bossier City remain in a close battle for the starting quarterback job.
'I want it to go to the back end,' Miles said of the quarterback race. 'We have a full game week and several practices this week left. I think I'll wait before I describe exactly how we'd like to play these guys. I think there's an opportunity to see both quarterbacks play. I don't know if there has been separation of one from the other.'
Miles said both quarterbacks played well in a scrimmage closed to reporters and most of the public on Tuesday.
'They provided a high level of execution today,' he said. 'It was good. We finished with a long two-minute go and threw the ball well.'
Senior tailback Kenny Hilliard gained more than 100 yards, according to statistic sheets Miles had.
'I think our four tailbacks are very talented,' he said of senior Terrence Magee and freshmen Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams in addition to Hilliard. 'Magee ran very hard today. Leonard is again running hard, giving us a very strong backfield to choose from. And Darrell Williams ran hard today. I can't imagine that we'll not play him (Williams).'
Freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre returned to action after missing a scrimmage on Saturday with a minor injury.
'Malachi caught a couple of balls. He's getting back,' Miles said. 'He's beyond what was an early injury. He's really just getting back to health now, and I think he'll maintain this opportunity to play from this point forward. Trey Quinn (freshman wide receiver) caught a couple of balls. All in all, it was a pretty decent offensive outing. The defense tackled well, and it was very difficult to get passes off. And again, I think that our defense is pretty special. All in all, it was good work. The team was capable today. Nobody got hurt.'
QUENTIN THOMAS RETURNS: Junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas of Breaux Bridge played in the scrimmage, participating in full contact for the first time this season after suffering a biceps injury on Aug. 6 at practice.
'He played a lot of football, made a couple of plays as I remember,' Miles said. 'There's just one little piece with him that will take some strength to get it back. He's got full range of motion, but he just needs a little bit of rehabilitation and working out. Basically weight room and football for him.'
TRAVONTE VALENTINE STILL OUT: Freshman signee defensive tackle Travonte Valentine of Hialeah, Fla., did not participate in the scrimmage and has not yet joined the team after his high school grades were recently approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
'He has the opportunity to show up here in the next two or three days,' Miles said. 'There is another administrative hurdle he has to go through certain channels, including the conference (SEC). It's just an administrative issue. Nothing significant.'
Miles said Valentine, one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation in the 2013-14 recruiting season, will be thrown right into practice as soon as he is completely cleared.