Coach Les Miles addressed reporters after Friday’s practice, touching on a number of topics, including a new kickoff man, center and defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine.
- LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye will not kick off, Miles said. Delahoussaye is listed as the kickoff man in LSU’s preseason depth chart. Walk-on sophomore Trent Domingue or true freshman Cameron Gamble will handle those duties, the coach said. James Hairston transferred to Rice over the summer. He had served as LSU’s kickoff man for the previous three seasons.
- Miles gave even stronger comments Friday that Ethan Pocic will start at center against Wisconsin. Asked if senior center Elliott Porter were limited due to injury, Miles said no and suggested that Pocic won the job. “It’s just the height and size. Maybe just a little more range,” Miles said of Pocic.
- Miles did not have an update on defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine, a four-star kid out of Florida who has not been ruled eligible through the Southeastern Conference. Valentine has been cleared by the NCAA and has been admitted to school. He told The Advocate on Thursday that he plans to arrive in Baton Rouge on Saturday to start school Monday. Valentine suggested that another SEC school was involved in his delay. Said Miles on Friday: “I think it’s a natural administrative piece the conference requires for guys who qualify late. They ask a bunch of academic questions that have to be answered. Certainly, takes some time to put it together. … Wish he could be here.”
- Miles said Terrence Magee will be returning kickoffs for LSU. He stopped short of revealing the other kick returner. Running back Leonard Fournette, receivers Avery Peterson, Trey Quinn, a freshman, and Travin Dural, and freshman safety Jamal Adams are working at the spot.