LSU coach Les Miles said during his weekly press luncheon Monday that Auburn’s narrow, overtime victory against FCS foe Jacksonville State “makes no difference to me whatsoever.” The No. 13 Tigers host No. 18 Auburn in their second-straight SEC West showdown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Here are more news nuggets from the press conference:
Miles mum on guards: Freshman Maea Teuhema stepped in at left guard for the entire second half against the Bulldogs, but Miles indicated he will keep rotating Teuhema, redshirt freshman Will Clapp and junior Josh Boutte at the guard spots. “We like to keep guys fresh,” he said. “The more that those guys are fresh, especially when they’re younger, it takes some pressure off play down after down.”
Washington to practice: Injured freshman defensive end Washington will practice this week, Miles said. Washington missed the game Saturday with a broken hand, according to a source. “That’s good news because he’s got great speed and gives you some quickness there,” Miles said. The Tigers were only three-deep at defensive end against MSU.
Mills update: Miles reiterated that injured safety Jalen Mills is recovering from his ankle injury quickly. He said the senior, who suffered the injury Aug. 19, is running on a treadmill in water. A source said Mills would be out at least six weeks following the injury, but Miles said he would only “be guessing” at the timetable for Mills’ return.
Harris update: Though sophomore QB Brandon Harris threw for only 71 yards against MSU last Saturday, Miles said he “did just what we asked him to do.” Said Miles: “If he maintains that composure during the game and relaxes, does the things we ask him to do and doesn’t try to make a play that is out of reach, he’ll continue to improve and get better.” The coach praised Harris for his accuracy and not turning the ball over.
“Imperfect” game plan: Miles classified his game plan against MSU as “imperfect” rather than conservative. The Tigers stuck to the ground game as Harris threw only 14 times. “There were things we’d like to get accomplished that we called that didn’t get accomplished,” Miles said. “They key is not to change the offense, it’s to execute what we call.” He also lamented the Tigers’ nine penalties, four of which negated plays of 15 or more yards.
Miles on kickers: Miles confirmed junior kicker Trent Domingue is LSU’s starter after he kicked all three extra points Saturday night. The coach, however, said he “would be surprised” if junior Colby Delahoussaye, who Domingue beat for the job during fall camp, didn’t attempts some kicks moving forward.