LSU football coach Les Miles remembered a Tigers legendary and set his sights on one of the best players in college football.
Miles thanked the late LSU Athletic Director Joe Dean for being a "visionary" and talked about the focus needed for the Tigers to upset Texas A&M during his lunch press conference on Monday.
No. 18 LSU (7-3, 3-3) plays host to No. 9 Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
"Overall, we look forward to getting back to Tiger Stadium," Miles said. "We hadn't been in that stadium in a month."
Dean passed away at the age of 83 early Sunday. He was LSU's Athletic Director from 1987-2001, the longest tenure of any Athletic Director in school history.
Texas A&M is led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who has garned a lot of respect from Miles.
"A year ago he was a runner, but this year he is a much more capable quarterback," Miles said. "He seems to be strong in his ability to throw it."
Manziel has passed for 3,313 yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and has rushed for 611 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
"If there is a better player in college football, then I would like to know who it is," Miles said. "He's also the leading rushing on his team."
Manziel is ahead of his pace from last season when he passed for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
Texas A&M can set a school record with its 11th consecutive road victory on Saturday. The Aggies have tied the school record for consecutive road victories with 10, which the set in 1939-40.
LSU had a bye last week, but Miles said the Tigers had three practices and worked hard on their fundamentals.
"I think they (the LSU players) are looking forward to playing Texas A&M," he said.