LSU wants more than just a win against McNeese State on Saturday night.
Players emphasized playing well and executing their assignments in the season opener, especially with back-to-back Southeastern Conference contests at Mississippi State and against No. 6 Auburn immediately following their tilt with the Cowboys.
The front-loaded schedule gives both the offense and defense only one game to adjust to new systems and the players that run them. Saturday night will be the defense’s first game under new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
Linebacker Deion Jones admits there are “a couple of kinks” that need ironing out. They’ll get one shot before those back-to-back conference games.
Junior defensive tackle Christian LaCouture said the defensive line is focused on implementing the scheme and techniques taught by Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
“When we went in the film room, we made sure our goal was to be assignment-conscious, have great technique coming off the ball and striking the guy,” LaCouture said.
Senior quarterback Daniel Sams and the Cowboys’ offense should serve as good preparation for the spread attacks the No. 14 Tigers will face in weeks 2 and 3. Junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith stressed sticking to Steele’s game plan and staying fundamentally sound.
“(Sam’s) a dynamic player who does a real good job of running the ball,” Beckwith said. “We have to go out there and do a good job of containing him. Coach Steele has a pretty good game plan for him, and we’ll be ready.”
LSU’s main team meeting room was transformed into a dance club a couple of weeks ago, rife with flashing lights, a DJ and a sunglasses-wearing coach Les Miles.
“Club Ops,” running back Leonard Fournette called it in a recent interview.
Video of Club Ops in full action surfaced on the Internet a few days ago, creating somewhat of a frenzy. Kool DJ Supamike, who works at Max-FM, 94.1, on Saturday and Sunday and DJ’s at local parties mostly in the Baton Rouge area, hosted the dance party in the team room.
Players were seen dancing on the room’s floor level and throughout the theater-like rows of seating. Miles sat toward the side of the room, with his legs crossed and sunglasses on.
“He’s a cool cat,” said Fournette, who posted a short video of him and defensive back Jalen Mills dancing. “He doesn’t do too much of the dancing. That’s not him. He just listens.”
Club Ops began last year during preseason camp, Fournette said, when “Somebody started to play music one day (and) everybody got amped up.”
This year’s Club Ops opened at 7:45 p.m. and closed at 8:15, Fournette said. Early hours for a club, right?
“Yeah,” he said, “but we had fun.”
Catholic High fullback Ben Miles, the son of coach Les Miles, was offered a scholarship by the Tigers on Monday, according to multiple recruiting services. Ben Miles is in the class of 2017. … LSU is 39-0 in nonconference regular-season games under Miles, and the school has the longest regular-season nonconference winning streak in the nation at 49 games. … The Tigers have won 12 consecutive season openers. They last lost in a season opener at Virginia Tech in 2002.
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