Happy Tuesday Tigers fans! Coach Les Miles spoke to the media on Monday and he had plenty to say. A certain Heisman Trophy candidate also won a weekly award for the third-consecutive week. Here’s what every LSU fan needs to know on Tuesday.
- The awards keep coming in for Fournette. The sophomore halfback was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the third straight week after rushing for 244 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse last Saturday.
- Fournette is also the front-runner for an even greater award–the Heisman Trophy. He has the best odds to win the award, according to gambling website Bovada.
- Miles is worried that opponents are targeting his star running back. He voiced his concern that officials need to do a better job of keeping a level playing field to prevent injuries. LSU’s title hopes are hinged to a productive and healthy Fournette. Miles also said he won’t be altering Fournette’s bruising style any time soon.
- LSU announced its time for kickoff for next weekend’s game against South Carolina. One hint, it isn’t in primetime.
Other LSU news from around the Internet
- The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue wrote about LSU’s penalty bug that struck last weekend against Syracuse. The Tigers committed 14 penalties worth 120 yards during that game. One penalty even wiped out an 87-yard touchdown run by Fournette.
- NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter analyzed when safety Jalen Mills and tight end Dillon Gordon could return from their injuries. Gordon has been hurt since the Auburn game with an Achilles injury, while Mills is still recovering from a fractured fibula he suffered in the final weeks of fall practice.
- Kleinpeter also had an account of what Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton had to say about the Tigers heading into their Saturday contest. The Eagles lost 58-36 last week to Army. LSU welcomes Eastern Michigan to Death Valley for an evening kickoff.
Best Stories around the SEC
- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott spoke about returning to Texas A&M two years after his mother passed away during the Bulldogs’ visit to College Station in 2013.
- Florida quarterback Will Grier still hasn’t earned the Gators’ full-time starting job after last week’s victory.
- Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam spoke about how coming out could have affected his standing in the NFL.
- Alabama head coach Nick Saban remarked that this year’s Georgia squad has a similar feel to some of Saban’s great teams at Bama.