LSU freshman receiver Malachi Dupre has returned to practice, and defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine is practicing with the Tigers, coach Les Miles said during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
Dupre didn’t make the trip to Houston because of what’s believed to be an ankle injury. Valentine, a Florida four-star prospect, has not been cleared to play in games but can practice with the team. He’s enrolled in school.
Miles touched on several other subjects Tuesday ahead of the game Saturday against Sam Houston State:
- Miles on quarterback Anthony Jennings: “Did the things he was supposed to, hit the passes he was supposed to hit, throw it away when he was supposed to throw it away. If he continues to play like that, I think we’ll have a certain level of excellence at that spot.”
- Freshman Brandon Harris is still listed as a co-starter with Jennings on the team’s depth chart. Miles said Harris “is coming” and that coaches aren’t going to “predetermine lack of playing time for him.”
- Miles said Jennings gave LSU the best opportunity to win that game. “It was obvious in that game that the opportunity for us to win was, certainly right now, is to get Anthony Jennings comfortable in there and let him play. He did very well.”
- Miles said the four players suspended for the game against Wisconsin will return this week. That list includes cornerback Rashard Robinson, defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, linebacker Ronnie Feist and center Elliott Porter.
- Linebacker Kwon Alexander was announced as the team’s MVP for his role in the win over Wisconsin, Miles said. Alexander had multiple tackles for loss and quarterback pressures in the second half of the game.
- Dupre is set to return this week. Miles said the receiver “will compete for playing time” for this week’s game against Sam Houston State.