LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
- Miles said injured safety Jalen Mills is healing “extremely fast” from ankle surgery he underwent two weeks ago. He suffered the injury, which Miles called a “high ankle” injury, during practice Aug. 19. “The swelling in the ankle is down,” Miles said. “The utility for him is there. I really expect him to return to play in routine time. I don’t know exactly what week or what time, but I can tell you, right now he is way ahead of the curve.” Mills was expected to return at least six weeks after the injury occurred. There is no projected date for his return, but the earliest date would be Oct. 10 at South Carolina.
- Despite playing one less game than the rest of the competition, Miles said his team would qualify for the College Football Playoff if it won the Southeastern Conference. “Should we control our own destiny, it won’t affect us at all,” Miles said. “…Should something else happen, they would compare (us to) a team that would naturally have had an opportunity at another win. It’s speculation at this point. You can see how it would affect us.”
- When asked if he would deploy a spy on Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott, Miles said: “We’re gonna spy on Dak when he eats lunch. We’re gonna find out exactly what he eats because whatever it is, it must be good.”
- LSU ran only 10 total plays against McNeese State last Saturday, but the Tigers have already made some adjustments. “We’ve made some corrections and personnel changes based on how (players) have performed going into game week.” Miles did not specify who or what changes might be made.
- Sophomore defensive ends Sione Teuhema and Deondre Clarke practiced today after not dressing out for the team’s canceled season opener against McNeese State on Saturday. Miles said yesterday that their status is “performance-based.” They will travel to Starkville, Miss., “if they make the travel squad, which I would guess they would,” the coach said.
- Miles said the Tigers did not change their practice schedule this week. They did, however, run first the team offense against first team defense. “We’ve had the Tuesday-Wednesday pair of very quality practices, with a lot of time against the defense and a lot of time against the offense,” he said. “We tried to keep a fresh demeanor and practice the game plan.”
- LSU did not practice to the sound cowbells in the indoor facility, which Mississippi State fans are known for ringing throughout home games. Miles said they piped in music through the speakers. “We looked for the (cowbell) album, we just couldn’t find it in the stores,” Miles joked. “But we piped in some noise. Bon Jovi and some other noise.”
- Les Miles is confident sophomore Brandon Harris won’t suffer from missing valuable game reps against McNeese State. He said Harris received “the lion’s share of the reps since this summer” while incumbent starter Anthony Jennings was suspended following an arrest in June. The Tigers travel to a hostile environment in Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State this weekend, but Miles doesn’t think Harris will feel pressured.
- LSU played less than five minutes against the Cowboys, but Miles continues to draw positives from the experience. He hinted yesterday that his team has advantages in terms of being fresh and not having shown much of their schemes, but the Tigers also found value in the 10 plays they got in last Saturday night.
- The SEC broke its own record by getting 10 teams into this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Miles, however, thinks there’s room for improvement.