Miles previews spring football
News and notes from Wednesday meeting with LSU’s head man
With spring practice beginning Friday afternoon, coach Les Miles took time Wednesday to meet with select members of the media to preview the five weeks of practice on the brink.
During an hour-long session, Miles gave a position-by-position breakdown of the team and explained which players are in the mix for a starting job. He then fielded questions for a limited time.
The overriding theme of his words: aggression.
According to Miles, the team is putting a renewed focus on running the football and being more solid on both sides of the line. He spoke to the fact that recent offseason drills have been designed to test the player’s physical fitness and are a bit more grueling than drills at this time in years passed.
To be in the room, you really got the sense that Miles knows certain things have to change. Will they? That’s yet to be seen. But at least he talked the right game.
Anyway, a full report on spring football and Miles’ position breakdown will appear in the next issue of Tiger Rag, coming out Tuesday, March 2.
To whet your appetite, however, here are the highlights from Wednesday’s sit-down with Les Miles:
- OL Josh Williford has apparently forced his way into playing time with his recent play and performance. Miles listed Joseph Barksdale and Josh Dworaczyk as likely starters at some place on the line, while the other two line starters will likely come from the group of T-Bob Hebert and P.J. Lonergan (at center), Will Blackwell, Chris Faulk, Alex Hurst and Evan Washington.
- Russell Shepard has made the position move to WR. He will primarily play there, but will occasionally be featured at other skill positions (QB, RB) in special packages.
- Upcoming senior Jai Eugene has made the move to safety. This clears room for Morris Claiborne to start at CB opposite Patrick Peterson.
- Chase Clement has made the move to TE and will likely see significant time there. DeAngelo Peterson will also play some TE, but is proving to be valuable flexed out more as a WR.
- Jordan Jefferson is the guy at QB. Miles of course said there will be competition, but it sounded like a lot would have to happen in order for anybody to supplant Jefferson.
- Incoming community college player Ken Adams is grading out well in ‘coaching sessions’ and stands a good chance of seeing decent time at DE.
- UPDATE: Michael Brockers, not Sam Montgomery, is likely making the move inside from DE to DT.
- The RB depth chart, at least heading into spring, looks like this: 1. Stevan Ridley, 2. Richard Murphy, 3. Michael Ford.
- Richard Murphy is back to health, but for the sake of precautions, players won’t be allowed to tackle him during spring. He’ll participate in every other way. The only other injured Tiger is safety Karnell Hatcher.
Ben Love is the acting editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.