LSU doesn’t have a game this weekend, but that doesn’t mean coach Les Miles can’t leave us with a little bye-week wisdom. Miles spoke after Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday morning during the SEC teleconference.
Here are the best quotes from Miles during that window of availability:
Bright as a what?
LSU has too many talented offensive linemen, and that’s a good problem to have for Miles. The Mad Hatter discussed freshman Toby Weathersby, who replaced fellow freshman Maea Teuhema at right guard during the second half of last Saturday’s win over Western Kentucky. Miles discussed Weathersby’s play and complimented his intelligence in an unorthodox manner.
“I think he deserves to play,” Miles said, according to The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue. “I think he’s going to be a guy who in the future is gonna play a lot of football here. He’s bright as a whip.”
Don’t think that expression has been used before, Les. Whips tend to dish out punishment. Has there ever been an intelligent whip? What do you mean stop over-analyzing an inanimate object’s mental capacity? Miles never ceases to befuddle us.
Les wants to be No. 1
Miles’ Tigers were ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press poll and will likely be ranked in next Tuesday’s inaugural College Football Playoff rankings. Miles was pleased with his team’s ranking, but admitted that it was not as high as he wanted.
“It’s a compliment to what they’ve accomplished,” Miles said, according to Rodrigue. “There’s an honesty in this room that we deserve what we earn. It’s a compliment to an extent, but it’s not quite the number that you want.”
That number Les wants is one. In Miles’ case, one would not be the loneliest number.
The Heisman front-runner motivates his blockers
Miles said sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette has managed to inspire his offensive line to block better for him. Apparently, watching Fournette run over defenders has motivated the big hogs up front to block with more tenacity.
“A quality team is motivated by guys that make plays,” Miles said according to Rodrigue. “They recognize if they can get him to a level that there’s an opportunity for him to make a play that Leonard makes. I think they see that as a part of every Saturday and a part of their contribution to the team.”