LSU coach Les Miles stole headlines Monday with his coffee-induced trip to the hospital, but he made more when he said sophomore Brandon Harris will “absolutely” take the first-team reps when the Tigers open their season against McNeese State on Saturday night.
Here are more newsy tidbits from Miles’ press conference:
- More on QBs: Miles said he informed Harris he had earned the starting job Saturday afternoon. “(Harris) has done everything we’ve asked him to do, and he continues to improve,” the coach said. “He’s on course to do all the things that he’s wanted to do.” Though Miles named Harris the starter, he said he wouldn’t hesitate to substitute junior quarterback Anthony Jennings “if need be.”
- Miles update: The coach said he’s feeling fine and the team is “ready to roll” following his visit to the hospital this morning. Miles skirted around questions regarding how he got to the hospital, but he did reveal the cause of his sickness. “I did in fact have too much coffee to drink today, and I certainly did not feel real great about that.”
- Freshmen on the field: Miles mentioned several freshmen he expects to receive playing time Saturday night, including defensive backs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver and running back Derrius Guice. When asked if Jackson would be involved in the kick return game, Miles said, “You could see Donte Jacson playing in a number of spots.”
- Spelling Fournette: Miles reiterated his plans to occasionally spell sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, saying “it might be best for him to be given a blow.” He specifically referenced Guice and sophomore running back Darrel Williams as the top candidates to fill in for the Heisman hopeful. “We’re forunate to have a great number of very talented running backs,” Miles said. “We’ll be very fresh there and very capable.”
- Injury update: Sophomore receiver Trey Quinn will be ready to play this weekend after battling head injuries through fall camp, Miles said. “He was nicked, but he hasn’t missed a beat. He goes out onto the field and knows everything we’re doing.” The coach also confirmed junior tackle Jerald Hawkins (foot) practiced fully today and will play against McNeese.
- Team captains: LSU voted on its team captains, and the results are as follows: tackles Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander on offense, cornerback Tre’Davious White and linebacker Kendell Beckwith on defense, and punter Jamie Keehn and longsnapper Reid Ferguson on special teams. “That’s really a great group of leaders, a great group of young men,” Miles said.