LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.

Post-practice

  • Injury update: Miles seemed confident about Moore’s ability to play when asked about his health. He said White looked “a little gimpy” at practice today but should be able to play Saturday. If White doesn’t recover as planned, Miles said senior defensive back Jalen Mills could slide from nickelback over to cornerback. “But we have a number of good cornerbacks as it is,” the coach said. “We’re pretty confident we’ll be fine there.”
  • No surprises: Miles said he was not shocked Alabama checked in at No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings despite being a one-loss team. “I think anybody who watches the film can see they’re very quality,” he said.
  • On the road again: LSU hasn’t played a road game since Sept. 26, and its Oct. 10 road trip to South Carolina was relocated due to heavy rain and flooding in the state. Miles, however, isn’t concerned about his team’s lack of experience in an opponent’s stadium. “I think we’re ready for the road,” he said. “It’s time to pack up our bags and go.”
  • Hawthorne ‘doing well': Miles said radio play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne, who will miss his first LSU football game in more than 30 years after undergoing a medical procedure, is “doing well.” When he was told women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Patrick Wright will call the Alabama game, Miles said: “That’s pretty cool. He better be able to get a pretty good job after this.”
  • 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.
  • Jersey auction: Miles opened his portion of the teleconference by
  • 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.”