LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
- Room for improvement: Though sophomore RB Leonard Fournette has become a 1-to-2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, Miles said he’s “just getting started.” Fournette is the only back in SEC history to rush for 200 or more yards in three consecutive games.
“He comes to work everyday. He’s a guy that looks at how he plays, how he runs and how he can improve. He’s never satisfied with where he’s at. He’s always about making a better cut, recognizing a defensive front and where it generally comes out at. He comes to practice in a good mood and with a like attitude, but a smile on his face and works to improve daily.”
- New blood: Miles praised defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, two new additions to the coaching staff, for their ability to teach and develop their players. The Tigers boast the 16th best defense in the country and have 11 sacks through four games compared with only 19 over all of last season.
“I enjoy how they coach. I enjoy the results. I think our kids enjoy being coached by them. More importantly, you’re demanding to a point, and yet this is why. The ‘why’ issue is so important. You don’t just coach and not tell them why. Ed and Kevin both do a great job in describing ‘this is why we do it.'”
- ‘No one is above it': Miles began his portion of the teleconference by acknowledging the hardships facing South Carolina citizens following record rainfall and flooding that started last Friday. “There’s damage from flood waters, but it’s the loss of life,” he said. “We recognize that and are very sympathetic in this difficult time. We’ve been through weather issues here, and no one is above it.” With both LSU and South Carolina seeking an alternate venue for this weekend’s game should the conditions in Columbia, S.C., be unfavorable, Miles was asked how he handled having to move LSU’s 2005 home game against Arizona State to Tempe, Az., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“I was fortunate to have quality leadership on my football team. I felt like I talked to them, and the answers with that scenario came from the guys. We did some smart things, but all-in-all it comes from the resilience of the football team and how they approached it. They put all the distraction behind them and gave them what-for. That was a team with great leadership and one that really wanted to be a part of the devastation that was taking part in the state of Louisiana at the time, wanted to be a part of its recovery.”
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