LSU safety Jalen Mills suffered a significant ankle injury and will miss at least the first two games of the season.
On Wednesday night at a scheduled interview session, fellow DBs Rickey Jefferson and Jamal Adams spoke about Mills’ injury, what it means for them, the team and more.
- “It’s tough. Definitely tough. I think we’re going to bounce back. He’s going to be fine. He’s going to be right there in the mix for us come mid-season or whenever he comes back. It’s the next man up. That’s how it’s always been at LSU.”
- “It was tough for him. It’s tough for anybody that gets injured. His head is high and he’s going to keep faith. He’s going to bounce back from it.”
- “I was away from the play and I just saw him down. Maybe he rolled up on his ankle or something. I still don’t even know what it is.”
- “No energy lost (at afternoon practice). Next man up. I think in the back end we have so much depth and so much talent … Rickey Jefferson, he stepped right in and no let down.”
- “I took a little bit more role of being more vocal, trying to help others sideline to sideline (without Mills). When Jalen was here, he was helping that side and I was kind of helping this side. When I was out there the second practice, I was trying to be more vocal to the whole entire secondary and defense.”
- “The next man up. It’s an LSU tradition. It’s what’s been here since before I had even got here. Next man up, whoever it is, it’s not going to be a letdown.”
- As a position group we were hurt, went in there to console our brother while we could. I know he was at low spirit. He has his spirits pretty high right now. We’re just waiting for him to get back. He will be back sooner than later. We’re just anticipating that, and trying to do the best we can right now in execution and not missing a step.
- “I feel like I was going to play a lot this upcoming year anyways, but it definitely gives me the opportunity to play more, looking forward to contribute to the team any way I can.”
- “Just gave him hugs. Prayed for him. Situation like that happens, it’s very sad. But you’ve got to try to keep his head up and let him know everything’s going to be alright.”