Les Miles defended his offensive line and said freshman quarterback Brandon Harris earned more playing time with his play in the loss against Mississippi State.
In his weekly meeting with reporters on Monday, Miles discussed and was asked, at length, about the Tigers’ 34-29 loss to the Bulldogs. He touched on other notes, too.
- QB Anthony Jennings is practicing and is “at full strength,” Miles said. Jennings suffered a left shoulder injury in the second quarter. He grimaced multiple times while walking the sideline. He appeared to reinjure the shoulder on his last snap, a sack on the goal line.
- Starting DT Quentin Thomas is out “a week or two,” Miles said, with a left arm injury. He’s playing with a torn biceps in his right arm. Freshman Davon Godchaux would be expected to get the start for Thomas.
- Miles’ offensive line has been criticized this season and struggled against the Bulldogs, but the coach said the line isn’t the unit to blame. “I cannot say it’s the offensive line,” the coach said. “We need to make collective adjustments.” Miles said he watched film and that both tackles played “dominant” and that the center and guards had “good play.”
- Miles, as he did after Saturday’s game, said Harris deserves more playing time after his performance in the loss to Mississippi State. Harris entered with less than four minutes left Satuday, completing 6-of-9 passes for 140 yards and two scores. “He earns more playing time without question. He deserves more consideration at quarterback. He makes a case for Brandon Harris at quarterback,” Miles said.
- It does appear that LSU’s quarterback competition has been re-ignited. Miles said the battle needs to “play out.” Miles said Harris would have entered the game even if Jennings didn’t get hurt in the final minutes.
- Miles said LSU has sent video of Mississippi State center Dillon Day stomping on LSU players to the Southeastern Conference. “Certainly the conference will do the right thing,” the coach said. Video shows Day stomping on the stomach of Godchaux and the leg of cornerback Rashard Robinson. Mississippi State suspended Day for the first half of its game against Troy last September after Day received a personal foul for stepping on an Auburn player the week before. Day tweeted a letter to Mississippi State fans regarding the stomping accusations. He said he was “wrongfully accused.”
- Ethan Pocic is expected to start again at right guard, Miles suggested Monday. He started in place of Hoko Fanaika against Mississippi State. Fanaika replaced Pocic for at least two drives in the fourth quarter.
- Asked about lining up in the I-formation with dual-threat quarterbacks, Miles said there is a plan to run a “gun-run” with the QBs. He was referring to the shotgun.
- Several of Mississippi State’s big offensive plays came because of communication issues with defensive calls, Miles said. “Not missed assignment. In the wrong spot. I believe John Chavis will make the adjustment,” the coach said.