Heavy rains and the threat of severe flooding in South Carolina have not caused a change of plans for No. 7 LSU’s game against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. “We certainly understand the whims of weather,” said LSU coach Les Miles during his weekly press luncheon Monday. “I’m certain that they’ll do great. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Here are more news nuggets from Miles’ press conference:
- Keeping faith: After LSU’s receivers dropped five balls against Eastern Michigan last Saturday, Miles expressed confidence in the group. “I think our wide receivers expect more of themselves,” he said. “I think several guys played really hard and played really fast. There were times when energy to the ball didn’t match their abilities and capabilities.” Miles said he’s looking to shuffle the lineup but not “in any wholesale fashion.”
- Injury update: Senior linebacker Lamar Louis, who tweeted Sunday he suffered a concussion against EMU and did not play in the second half, will be “fine for game day,” Miles said. The coach classified tight end Dillon Gordon (Achilles) and defensive back Jalen Mills (ankle) as day-to-day. “He and Dillon, I’m gonna see where they’re at today and see if we can mark a day on the calendar for these guys,” Miles said. Junior defensive end Tashawn Bower is expected to return against the Gamecocks after missing the EMU game following an ankle injury against Syracuse on Sept. 26. Miles classified the injury as a “minor nick” and said Bower could have played against the Eagles.
- Been there, done that: Miles said the Tigers’ practice and travel schedule will be similar to what they were leading up to their showdown against Syracuse. That game, which LSU won 34-24, also started at noon E.T. “It seemed to be the right recipe,” Miles said.
- Checking in: Miles sad he called his son Manny, a walk-on for North Carolina’s football team, Sunday to check on him in light of the severe weather in South Carolina. “I made sure he’s OK,” the coach said. “He said it’s raining all the time.”
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