LSU coach Les Miles to USA Today: 'We're going to apply a little more elbow grease in the passing game' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Les Miles addresses the crowd Wednesday during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash.


LSU's passing game will get a little more "elbow grease" in the off-season, coach Les Miles recently told USA Today in a Q&A.

"I think we’re going to apply a little more elbow grease in the passing game, we’re going to throw it more in practice and apply a greater amount of time to it, especially in the spring but in the preseason as well," Miles said. "And we expect it to be fruitful. I don’t know how much more that we can do."

In early January, quarterback Brandon Harris underwent a surgical procedure for a sports hernia.

Harris suffered the injury in the game against Alabama on Nov. 7 -- a 30-16 loss that started LSU’s three-game losing skid. He is expected to recover from the procedure well before spring practice begins -- in early to mid March.

Harris played with the injury for the rest of that game against the Tide and for the final three games of the regular season, noticeably dropping off statistically during that span. The sophomore completed 47 percent of his passes, throwing three touchdowns to five interceptions in the final four regular season games – Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

He completed 58 percent of his passes with no picks and nine touchdowns in the first seven games of the year. He went 14-for-23 for 261 yards, a touchdown and interception, in the Texas Bowl win over Texas Tech, but many of his incompletions were noticeably off the mark.

In the interview, Miles opened up on the circumstances surrounding the Texas A&M finale, the expectations that come with being LSU's coach and how the season derailed after the loss against the Crimson Tide.

Click here to read the full Q&A.