With an open date awaiting No. 4 LSU instead of an opponent this Saturday, LSU coach Les Miles said the team is doing a bit of “self-scouting.” He said the contact in practice has been “light” and that the Tigers will go through a no-contact practice Thursday.
“We do a complete report on offense, defense and special teams and kinda decide what tendencies are out there and what needs to be broken,” Miles said Tuesday during his lone press conference of the off week. “We make sure that we can get fresh legs. Had a nice short practice today. It was a lively practice.”
LSU will travel No. 7 Alabama on Nov. 7 for a crucial SEC West showdown. Here are more news nuggets from Miles’ press conference:
- Injury update: Fullback JD Moore, defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and cornerback Tre’Davious White are all “pushing to play” against Alabama, Miles said. The trio missed LSU’s win against Western Kentucky last Saturday with injuries suffered in previous weeks. Miles said defensive back Jalen Mills, who didn’t play in the second half against the Hilltoppers because of a “soft tissue issue,” practiced Tuesday.
- To the rescue: Brandon Harris and Malachi Dupre have been teaming up for more than just explosive touchdowns. Miles said the sophomore duo helped stranded motorists stuck in heavy rainfall and flooding on Burbank Drive in front of Walk-On’s on Sunday night. “They basically went into a car that had insulin in it for (a woman’s) diabetic son, went underwater and got it,” Miles said. “That was Brandon Harris and Malachi Dupre, just doing good things on their own without direction.”
- Guard competition: During the second half of the WKU game, freshman Toby Weathersby entered at right guard, bumping out left guard Maea Teuhema as Will Clapp shifted into his spot. Miles suggested Weathersby is competing for a starting role on the offensive line. “I think he deserves to play,” Miles said. “I think he’s going to be a guy who in the future is gonna play a lot of football here. He’s bright as a whip.”
- Scouting report: Though the Tigers and Crimson Tide are still 11 days away from playing, Miles has already started breaking down film of Alabama. “They’re very talented. Saban has done a great job over there,” Miles said. “It’s evident when you look at their defense. Big running back, good offensive line, a quarterback that can throw. …It’s looks pretty much like a traditional Alabama team.”
- Just in case: In Moore’s absence, Miles has used freshman Bry’Kiethon Mouton the most at fullback. But freshman David Ducre and junior Ronnie Feist, a converted linebacker, played late against WKU. Miles said Feist is at fullback for good. “I think we’ll man a pretty talented and healthy position,” he said.
- Top four: As the only undefeated SEC team and No. 4 in both major polls, LSU is likely to be ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff when the selection committee releases its initial rankings Nov. 3. “It’s a compliment to what they’ve accomplished. There’s an honestly in this room that we deserve what we earn,” Miles said. “It’s a compliment to an extent, but it’s not quite the number that you want.”
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