BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles will take the podium for the first time since LSU dropped its season opener to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on Saturday.
After a holiday weekend, LSU’s coach will tackle numerous topics such as the offense, Josh Boutte’s one-game suspension and preparation for this week’s non-conference tilt at home against Jacksonville State.
Miles is slated to meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. CT. Refresh this page for constant updates.
- Opening Statement: After the summer we had in Louisiana and after the floods, there wasn’t a group of men more motivated to please their state and their school than our team. I can tell you that they’re — just like you — they’re sick, they’re miserable. I’ve given them the 48-hour rule, so at this point and time we’re trying to shed that feeling and move forward.
- Miles says he’s aware of what’s going on and what is being said about the team.
- Brandon Harris practiced the 2-minute drill during Monday’s practice, but with different results. He hit Malachi Dupre for a touchdown. Miles says Harris tried to extend the play, but it ended up costing LSU the game on Saturday.
- Miles said Tre’Davious White was the MVP
- Miles: “After finish of the game, at some point in time yesterday, said to the team — they echoed it — ‘There’s nothing off the table.’” Likened the situation to when Ohio State loss to Virginia Tech in season opener before going on to nab national championship.
- On Boutte: “Josh made a mistake. He called their player and apologized and spend time on the phone to let him know what his take of the play was. There was no .. he didn’t want to hurt him and asked if he had hurt him, and he had not.” Josh was protecting on the backside of the play. It was my thought that he saw him, but this guy wasn’t as big as Josh, so you don’t know if that short guy was down or picked up the ball, and is if this was a live play. “It was instinctive reaction.” When you’re 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, hard to get down to tackle somebody. Miles says he was very sorry, but those plays don’t belong in football. Mile reminds that’s why he’s suspended on Saturday.
- On Jacksonville St: “The approach is improve us. The goals we set are still in front of us. Let’s go achieve.”
- On coordinators on the field: “We reviewed that and I think what was a Texas Tech obvious advantage, we did not get as much from the box as we’d like. Cam had a pretty good view of offense and defense from there, as opposed to it being relayed in between calls. We looked to reverse that and there are two young QBs that can hep Brandon off the field and Dameyune Craig who played it. We reversed that step there and put him back in the box.”
- On Brandon Harris’ play: “I don’t think his play was great. Overthrew a couple of balls, but to the same point, some opportunities for guys to catch balls and we can fix.”
- On whether the offense has changed: “What everyone’s saying is that let’s go for 600 yards and put 50 on people. The issue is we have to find the recipe that allows that to happen. We have talent. I promise you this: we’ve recruited well and some really good kids here. We’re fighting and seeing what we can get to.”
- On whether Miles considers a change at QB: “If he can get the ball to guys we’re insisting he throw to in some ways, we’re going to be able to run it, throw it and QB can move his feet and run and extend plays and get you yards. By makeup of talent we have there we’re in pretty good shape. It’s that maturation process.”
- Miles said that Harris doesn’t “have a lifetime” to go through the maturation process because there are other quarterbacks on the roster. It sounds like he’ll continue to get the nod, assuming he shows progress this week vs. Jacksonville State and into the SEC schedule. “That evaluation is ongoing,” he said in regards to whether Danny Etling will compete for the job.”
- On Leonard Fournette: “He did not practice yesterday,” was treated with ice and needed rest.
- On the O-Line this week: “Meae Teuhema will be a big, strong, physical guard. That five-some will really mature and turn into something special.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.