LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
Les Miles is confident sophomore Brandon Harris won’t suffer from missing valuable game reps against McNeese State. He said Harris received “the lion’s share of the reps since this summer” while incumbent starter Anthony Jennings was suspended following an arrest in June. The Tigers travel to a hostile environment in Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State this weekend, but Miles doesn’t think Harris will feel pressured.
“We’re certainly going to coach the lad to relax and play quarterback. I think that being a year older, he would have liked to have the game. But in any event, he’s been taking snap after snap after snap for us. He’s much improved. I think people will see that when he plays.”
LSU played less than five minutes against the Cowboys, but Miles continues to draw positives from the experience. He hinted yesterday that his team has advantages in terms of being fresh and not having shown much of their schemes, but the Tigers also found value in the 10 plays they got in last Saturday night.
“The interesting thing is that we got the entire pregame regimen accomplished. We played offense, defense and special teams. …We needed to see those snaps, and those snaps were reviewed just like a game. It was a game that was played but did not decide victory. But they were important snaps to us. We got the postgame regimen accomplished as well.”
The SEC broke its own record by getting 10 teams into this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Miles, however, thinks there’s room for improvement.
“I thought we should have had 25 teams ranked in the top 25, to be honest. They didn’t quite use all of them or rank second teams. I think we’re a talented league. We’re a very quality group of coaches that are prepared every week. It’s competitive week after week. This league is as good as any league in America.”