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From LSU Sports BATON ROUGE –LSU has added a home-and-home series with Syracuse in football starting with a game at the Carrier Dome in 2015, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe AllevaMore >>
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Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:30:36 GMT
From LSU Sports BATON ROUGE – LSU's season-opener against Wisconsin on Aug. 30 at Reliant Stadium in Houston will kickoff at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN, the Southeastern Conference and theMore >>
LSU's season-opener against Wisconsin on Aug. 30 at Reliant Stadium in Houston will kickoff at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.More >>
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With the NFL draft a month away, the LSU football players looking to move on to the next level are down to few opportunities left to show teams their worth. LSU reported 17 players from the 2013 squadMore >>
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Fans started filing into Tiger Stadium around 11:30 a.m. for the LSU Spring Game on Saturday. Many of them got their first look at the new south deck of the stadium, which is set to debut on Sept. 6, 2014. WhiteMore >>
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Monday, March 31 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:24:33 GMT
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Source: LSU Athletic Department
COACH MILES: Afternoon,
all. The football weather kind of perfect. It's the way it's
supposed to be in November, a little cool. Looking forward to the back
end of the season. This weekend in an open week, I did some football work
and had some fun.
I followed Macy Miles. Macy Miles had two goals in a soccer game on Saturday.
Long‑legged, runs well. Seems to defend. Can't use her left foot as
well as she'd like, but very enjoyable.
Watched Manny Miles play with the U High Cubs on Friday night, and Bowser, who
was a senior nose tackle, made a great interception.
Ben Miles, a ninth grader at Catholic, is playing ninth grade and junior
varsity ball and enjoying his experience in fall. That was kind of my
open week, except that I watched a couple of football games on Saturday night,
very much like most of America.
I can tell you this, the open date came at the exact right time. We're a
little nicked and we needed it. This will be fun to regather the
troops. And we had three good practices last week. We'll certainly
approach the Alabama game plan and looking forward to making it ours this
week. And again, we think we'll get some freshness back in our team and
some health and look forward to playing.
I think the Furman game was ‑‑ I haven't seen you guys since then. I
think that no matter what the coach said, it was Furman. I could not get
them fired up until halftime and at halftime, we ended up with the 672 total
yards and we rushed for 300 and threw for 300 plus. Again, I kind of felt
like the second half, we did the things that we were supposed to do. And
thought that Kwon Alexander played an extremely capable game in the fact that
he led the team in tackles.
We look forward to preparing for this next opponent. Very talented Nick Saban,
who coaches in Alabama, does a great job there. They are well
prepared. They've allowed few points and they are a team that's given up
10 points or less, 280 yards. They are a very difficult team to move the
ball on the ground against and they're a press coverage on the perimeter.
So we recognize it will be a great challenge to our offense. Their offense
with A.J. McCarron averaging 41 points, 460 yards, 210 rushing and 250 yards
passing. Again, I think A.J. McCarron is a great, within‑the‑scheme play
maker. I think he sees it. He makes all the throws. I think
he's a tremendous leader and they have quality running backs in T.J.
Yeldon. I think they are nine players with at least one touchdown
reception, so there's balance in their offense.
In teams, they've returned a punt for a touchdown and a kickoff for a
touchdown. Their punter is averaging 46.4. They have missed two
field goals. They are a very, very talented team, very prepared.
I look forward to preparing against them. I can tell you that our guys
are in college football for these kind of games. We look forward to
playing in them. It's a great opportunity for all. Any time you
line up against Alabama, there's a rivalry. There's national prestige.
And the want to make plays against a very quality opponent is there. I
think the greatest compliment that we can pay an opponent is our best efforts, and
certainly Alabama will get that.
Q. Just looking back at that Alabama game a year ago and then Clemson and
Georgia and Ole Miss, how have you changed the way you defend a lead in the
final few minutes in the game?
COACH MILES: We certainly have looked at it and work on the opportunity
to maintain the ball. I think there's some differing strategy pieces and
I think there's some different personnel in effect. But it's something
that certainly we hope to have that opportunity again this year.
Q. Not that you don't always, but in a game like this, how much emphasis
do you put on your big guys up front on both sides to set a tone at the line of
COACH MILES: In any game and really in every game, there is a point
of ‑‑ you know, your defensive front must, you know, take the line of
scrimmage. Your offensive front must take the line of scrimmage.
This will be a great challenge. Alabama has got a great style of
play. And certainly on offense, they are a very talented offensive line as
well. So yeah, these games many times are won in the trenches. Sometimes
you can see it and sometimes you can't.
Q. From your perspective, what is Bama week like and do you enjoy this
type of week?
COACH MILES: What it's like is just a little more energy in the step of
your team, their attention to detail is greater. Their attention to
watching film and extra time is something that they put in. And yeah, I
enjoy it very much. I've always enjoyed the competition with some of the
better teams in the this country and certainly Alabama is that.
Q. A lot of your life you've been involved with the Ohio State‑Michigan
rivalry, how does that compare?
COACH MILES: I suspect that there's some similarities there. It's
just very difficult for me to kind of look back on that, because I was the
player so many times in that rivalry.
I can tell you the similarities of closeness in proximity, certainly the
league, your play annually goes through, you know, that contest. And
certainly both teams desperately want to win. So I suspect there are some
great similarities, including very active and loyal fan bases.
Q. Last year's game against Bama, Zach had a great output and propelled
him to finish strong the rest of the season. Will this team need a
similar performance in order to beat Alabama on Saturday?
COACH MILES: Yeah, I think our quarterback has to play well. I
think we have to have balance, both run and pass, so that it becomes something
that he can do routinely or without having to make great plays. And I
think that it'll always be balance that allows us to really have the best
Q. What's the, I guess, concussion status of J.C. Copeland? And
what's been bothering Connor Neighbors? He didn't finish up the last
game. In a game like this against Alabama that's grinded out, how
important is the health of that fullback position? And do you trust a guy
like Melvin Jones if those guys can't play?
COACH MILES: Really probably J.C. could have played last week, if we had
had a game. I think we've done everything that we can to ensure that he
has time off and heals. I think he's ready to come back to
practice. He'll be practicing with us today.
I think Connor Neighbors is also ‑‑ it was really a contusion, bruise, if
you will. He'll be back ready to roll.
I think ole Melvin Jones is a very, very talented, young freshman and a guy
that we'll count on as he continues to improve. He'd be third.
Q. When you look at Alabama on film this year, last year, year before,
whatever, what are some of the things that sets them apart that makes them who
COACH MILES: I think they have real comfort in how they play
defense. I think there's a team that can communicate with signals and a
team that really puts themselves in an optimal position.
I think defensively ‑‑ you know, for a (indiscernible) defense, they build a
flat line, a flat wall. They are very good.
Q. In a game like this, what is mental toughness mean, to believe you can
go in there and win? And how do you convey that to your team during the
COACH MILES: Well, you have to have a confidence in your
preparation. You have to know what you're going to see. And the
good news is we've been down there every other year, and we play Alabama every
year. So the understanding of who we're playing, I think we get
that. I think the enjoyment and the want to play in this game kind of,
you know, is the individual piece and kind of fits a team philosophy.
We're looking for those guys that want to go down there and play just in this
game and look forward to playing in games like this. I think our guys
Q. Given what happened in Houston last night with Coach Kubiak, do you
and your staff do anything consciously to relax when you have time other than
on a buy week? And also, did you watch 60 Minutes last night?
COACH MILES: I did not watch 60 Minutes last night. I did hear
about Coach Kubiak. I can tell you here's what happens. I work out
when I get beyond football. The interesting piece for me is I want to
have every bit of energy that I have can muster for my job and doing the things
that make my team best and entertain that thought process from early until
I suspect that there are a lot of coaches in this country that put themselves
behind team in preparation. I certainly understand the physical need to
take care of yourself. It makes you ‑‑ when something like that
happens, it makes you question, you know, how you're living, what lifestyle
you're actually living. I like to see if I can carve out 30 minutes in a
day to get a workout in.
Q. Coach, when you watch Alabama's defense, particularly their corners,
what do you see in their ability and what kind of advantage might you have with
two talented receivers that you have going head‑to‑head with them, forcing them
into some things they don't like to do?
COACH MILES: We like the matchup. We think that we kind of give
them some challenges on the perimeter. We got a quarterback, first of
all, that can make the throw and several receivers that can get open in space.
Again, once who we're playing, they are a very good team, but we think there is
a matchup there that benefits us.
Q. You talked about having the confidence in your preparation and seeing
what you expect to get, how much of that was present in the national championship
game and is that one reason maybe for the performance by your team and how much
of that tape are you watching in preparation for this game?
COACH MILES: I didn't quite get that question. Try it again.
Q. How much did the game preparation for the national championship game
throw you guys? Do you expect to see that? Most of your games have
been tight against Alabama except for that one. Do you expect a similar
game plan from them this time?
COACH MILES: I think each game that you play in an opponent, even though
it's the same opponent or different games, I think they use their
strength. We use ours. They used A.J. McCarron to start that game
out offensively in a series of throws. We don't see that necessarily
being their tack, but then again it could be. It's kind of what they did
at that their place several years before.
So we've watched it. We're preparing for their best. And whatever
order they call it, I think we'll ready for. Every time you play an
opponent, it's a different year. Same opponent, even same guys, but
rightfully a different year.
Q. Both losses this year have been tight games on the road. What
specifically does this team need to do in terms of preparation for the
traveling and all the things that come in with a road game to get a different
result than the previous two road games?
COACH MILES: I think there's an opportunity to win those games on the
road as well. And so it's not necessarily what we didn't do, it's what we
need to do this week. And it's a different opponent and it's something
that we're going to look forward to preparing for. I don't think that the
road game is an insurmountable task in any way. It's just we need to play
better at times.
Q. Recently you outlined your support for hyperbaric chambers to treat
concussions and injuries, why do you support this method of treatment? Have
you used it before? How can this treatment help your players perform?
COACH MILES: The question is about hyperbaric therapy. Without
taking a lot of time, there's existing documentation and research that suggests
that concussion is a lack of oxygen. In other words, a bruise on the
brain. Then with the healing that takes place in that area, the blood
that rushes to heal also restricts the oxygen to that area below the
injury. So what we're saying and what's been suggested to me is that
oxygen is the way to treat some of those injuries.
We're really trying to put together a fast, hard operating relationship, if you
will, with one of local hospitals, Our Lady of the Lake. But as to this
point, we have not been able to do so. You know, again, we're operating
so that we can give our guys the best answers for those kinds of
injuries. Currently it's not optimal. We've not set up the
arrangement in a fast, easy‑working, convenient manner.
Q. Dr. Paul Harch out of New Orleans, how did you get in contact with him
and what's the status of using this? I think you just answered that
COACH MILES: Well, what we've done is ‑‑ it was Dr. Vanmeter and Dr.
Harch both are guys that are pioneers in their field, when it comes to hyperbaric
oxygen therapy. And so we sought them out. They are Louisiana
medicine, they are Louisiana guys. They were very serving, very
helpful. Hopefully they will continue to be a resource.
Q. Colby Delahoussaye, does he have a chance to play Saturday? And
did you just keep him off his leg last week? And Taj Jones, does he have
a chance to play?
COACH MILES: I think both of those guys get to come to play in this
game. I think Colby is much improved and Taj is ‑‑ again, I think
he's in position to play.
Q. What are your thoughts on your opponent's coach, Nick Saban? What
makes him so successful? In your opinion, do you think given the numbers
in his success, do you think that he's currently the most successful coach in
COACH MILES: Yeah, I'm certain that there's an argument to be made for
Coach Saban and the things that he's done certainly in the national title
games. I think he does a wonderful job recruiting and he puts together
offense, defense and special team in a very efficient manner.
Q. The team that had the most success offensively against Alabama was
A&M. They are little bit more spread than y'all. Can you learn
anything from watching that film and fit it to your personnel?
COACH MILES: There are some things to learn there. It is a much
different personality. A quarterback that can pull it down and go for 50
is an unusual weapon. You can see some of the throws and some of the
spots there where we've studied some.
Q. How is T.J. formed into a feature back? Can you compare him to
Jeremy in any instance?
COACH MILES: He's a big back that has nice touch, good vision. And
to me, again, very talented back.
I kind of like our guy personally. I think our guy has a similar ability
as Yeldon. But our guy seems to wear purple and gold, and I kind of favor
Q. At the beginning you talked about your team being excited for a game
of this magnitude. Do you have any idea, have they been looking towards
this game all season? You couldn't have said anything to get them up for
Furman. Obviously you won't have that challenge this week?
COACH MILES: I think this team, kind of historically at LSU looks forward
to playing Alabama. I think it's the same this week. I think our
guys refresh beyond the open date and really looking forward to, you know,
playing the best against our best opponents.
Q. In the last couple of games, do you feel Zach maybe got away from some
of the fundamentals that some of the stuff that Cam had been pounding into his
head during the off season?
COACH MILES: Yeah, I think there was some impatience there that was
evident in the last couple of weeks, if you will. But I think there's a
need to recognize the style of defense we're going to play and some of the
throws that you take and some of the throws that you don't.
I think that this week, you know, it's just Monday. I think that this
week will be a honing of the game plan for him in his mind. We'll make
improvements. Certainly that's the design.
Q. Does this game have the same feeling as the last, you know, four or
five Alabama games? And then you guys are a 10, 11 point underdog, do you
use as motivation at all?
COACH MILES: I can tell you that this team does not take on an underdog's
mentality. It's a team that really feels like it can play with any.
And so I don't know that we use it as motivation. It's certainly not been
something that ‑‑ any rallying cry that we wanted to make. I can just
tell you that we look forward to playing.
Q. When you look at your defense, a few weeks back we talked about
changing personnel and scheme and your approach. With the Alabama game,
what are some of the answers there?
COACH MILES: Well, I think you'll ‑‑ the good news is you will see
Craig Loston back in the center of the secondary. You will see Cory
Thompson back in the secondary. I think Ronald Martin will be healthy,
and for that matter Rickey Jefferson will probably see some time back in there
To me, in the secondary, those guys are kind of the future, kind of where we're
Q. When you look at Alabama's blitz packages, who do they compare
to? How frequently are they blitzing compared to other teams you've
played? Is there anything sophisticated about what they do?
COACH MILES: It kind of depends on the down and distance that you're
in. I think there is a premium down and distance for every defense.
I think when they get into that position, they've done a great job in defining
the style of blitz that they want to bring. I think it challenges your
protection best and you have to execute. If you execute, you will have an
opportunity to make a play. But again, they do a very good job there.
Friday, April 18 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:47:53 GMT
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