No. 8 LSU will have to be up bright and early for Saturday’s game against Syracuse, which begins at 11 a.m. CT. LSU coach Les Miles, however, said the Tigers will still conduct business as usual this week. “Get them up a little bit early and allow them to have breakfast around the time they would have breakfast on game day,” Miles said. “The schedule doesn’t change much. We do the things that we do.”
Here are more new nuggets from Miles’ press conference:
- Replacing Jones: LSU will be without starting linebacker Deion Jones for the first half against Syracuse as a repercussion for his targeting penalty on Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson last Saturday. Miles said junior Duke Riley and senior Lamar Louis will “play in that mix” as Jones’ replacement.
- Gordon update: Senior tight end Dillon Gordon is “day-to-day” after injuring his Achilles in the first quarter against Auburn, Miles said. “There was a point in time we kept him out where he would have been able to play,” he said. “I don’t know the actual severity of it, but we’re operating very cautiously.” Miles said he expects Gordon to travel with the team this weekend.
- Heisman hopeful: Sophomore RB Leonard Fournette surged to the front of the Heisman Trophy race following his big day against Auburn last Saturday. Miles said he’s “for national awards to our players” and that Fournette should be considered for them, but that’s not what he’s focused on. “Our team recognizes that if we have success and continue to do the things we’ve been doing, there will be a lot of national awards sprinkled throughout,” Miles said.
- Miles on Maea: True freshman offensive guard Maea Teuhema made his first career start against Auburn, helping LSU rack up 411 rushing yards. “Maea, for a freshman, played extremely well,” Miles said. “He’s got a quickness, he moves his feet and uses his hands. He’s a quality addition to the line.”
- Miles on Edwards: Former LSU tight end Tyler Edwards was found dead in Monroe on Saturday night from a gunshot wound police believe to be self-inflicted. Edwards played for Miles from 2008-2012. “I don’t know exactly what to say,” Miles said. “You have a teammate, a fine young man and person who busted his tail for us and did everything we asked him to do. I don’t know the specifics, but he is no more.”
- Go Chippewas: Miles praised Central Michigan, which nearly knocked off Syracuse in overtime last week, as a “great football program.” But on top of being a Midwestern man, Miles had other reasons to give the Chippewas some credit. “My wife is a Chippewa. If I hadn’t have said that, she would not have fed me dinner for the next six years,” Miles joked. “If I don’t plug Central Michigan, honestly it would be a mistake.”