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September 2, 2009 at 3:21 PM

A few words from Les Miles

LSU coach Les Miles talked about the Huskies and a few other things earlier today on the SEC coaches conference call.
Here’s a recap:
— On his team’s overall situation: “We had a good camp, we’re healthy. We’ve not lost anybody to injury. Looking forward to Washington, we feel like they will be a much-improved team. It’s very difficult to get a feel to the things they will do and the style of team that they are with a new staff. We think it will be a great challenge and certainly something we are focused on. What our team needs to do is play like we are capable of and play four quality quarters of football. We are ambitious about this season and there are some things we would like to accomplish.”
— He was then asked about the “Wild Tiger,” formation, which is LSU’s version of the Wildcat, featuring freshman QB/athlete Russell Shepard, one of the top recruits in the nation last year. “I’m not ready to say we have added that to the (game plan),” Miles said. “What I can tell you is Russell Shepard is a guy who deserves some snaps and the opportunity to get in the game. I’m not sure it’s necessarily a Wild Tiger formation. It’s more likely an opportunity for him to play at quarterback, running back and receiver. … I don’t necessarily think it adds elements of other systems. It’s kind of specific to us.” He then went on to say that the Wildcat is a “very dangerous play” that gives teams a wide play combined with an inside play and “makes a defense concern themselves with the perimeter.” So sounds like Miles just doesn’t want to admit that the Tigers will, indeed, be running the Wildcat.
— He had this assessment of starting QB Jordan Jefferson: “He’ll be doing the things that we’ve done here in the past, certainly. I think you’ll find him throwing it and handing it off and doing the things that are kind of the same offensne we have run. I just feel like he has probably progressed the in summer camp as well as last spring as far as any quarterback that I’ve been around. I think he is really ready to play and nobody plays perfectly and certainly a young quarterback doesn’t play perfeclty. But we think he will make some quality decisions and make some big plays.”
— He also said Jefferson will be a running threat at all times and that “I don’t know that you can ever take his footspeed and ability to run out of the game. I don’t think it is possible. … He’s a 6-4 guy who can throw it and throw it well and then can pull it down (and run).”
— He also had this assessment of LSU’s defense with new coordinator John Chavis in the fold: “He’s been a tremendous addition to our staff. I think our players have really taken to him. He inherits some veteran guys who have been around nationally ranked defenses and understand the commitment that must be made to do that. I just think that our defense will play at a very high level.”
— Finally, he was asked whether he thinks it’s accurate to compare Jake Locker to Tim Tebow in style (Miles has obviously coached a few times against Tebow): “I think it’s very accurate. Certainly, Jake is probably faster in a 40-yard dash. But they are big and strong and very capable throwers and have the ability when they run to run hard. I saw him against Ohio State several years ago when we were preparing to play the Buckeyes in a national championship and they had the Bucks on the ropes back then in a game that was very close andn one that Jake Locker performed extremely well.”



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