LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
- Injury update: The Tigers just might be at full health against
Alabama when the two teams square off at 7 p.m. Saturday. Miles said injured fullback JD Moore, defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and cornerback Tre’Davious White have all practiced this week. The only player who did not practice is tight end Dillon Gordon, who had season-ending surgery on his twice-injured Achilles two weeks ago.
- In the conversation: LSU checked in at No. 2 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. The top four teams at the end of the season will play in two semifinal games, and Miles said the team’s ranking is “reflective” of how the Tigers have performed this season.
“I have to be honest with you and say it’s nice to be in the conversation. I think it’s a great lesson to be learned about last year when (eventual national champion) Ohio State was ranked 14th at this time. I think we recognize this is very premature, and we’ve enjoyed what we’ve earned to this point. There’s a lot of quality teams left to play, and this weekend is one. We’ll focus on Alabama, and not necessarily a ranking.”
- Jersey auction: Miles opened his portion of the teleconference by
mentioning sophomore RB Leonard Fournette’s South Carolina jersey auction, which begins Saturday morning and ends Monday morning. Fournette announced his intentions to auction the jersey, with all proceeds going to South Carolina flood victims, after the Tigers beat the Gamecocks on Oct. 10 in a game relocated to Baton Rouge. “I think it’s a great gesture on his part,” Miles said of Fournette. “He is a person that’s humble and caring and takes great pride in helping others. I’m proud of how he represents our school, both on and off the field.” Fournette’s jersey will also be auctioned along with an LSU helmet signed by Miles and a South Carolina helmet signed by former Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier, who coached his final game against the Tigers.
- Taste test: Miles, who cameras caught chewing a piece of the Tiger Stadium turf during the 2010 LSU-Alabama game, was asked if the grass tastes better in Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa. “Well, I have to be very honest, I have enjoyed the grass in Baton Rouge much more. It’s kind of a home feel,” Miles said. “They take great care of their grass in Tuscloosa, too. I’ll certainly have to figure that one out once I get there.”
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