Les Miles News, Notes and Quotes

Les Miles discusses the loss to Kentucky and looks ahead to Saturday's game against 5-2 Auburn.

Baton Rouge, La.--In what has been a strange college football season for not only Auburn but the entire nation, the Tigers currently have the longest winning streak in the Southeastern Conference at four games as they travel to Baton Rouge to play LSU on Saturday. The other Tigers, at 6-1 overall, fell from No. 1 in both human polls to fifth following a 43-37 triple overtime loss at Kentucky. Both Tigers are 3-1 in conference play.

"We are currently ranked fourth (in the BCS), they tell me, and I can tell you that we appreciate the position," says LSU head coach Les Miles. "We understand that it puts us in a good future position, but we're really paying little mind to that because what we have to do is be our best football team and prepare for a quality opponent. There is no time to hang your head and look around. That's what we're after. At 6:45 this (Monday) morning we reviewed the film thoroughly and our team is understandably unhappy and disappointed. The best way to get through with that and on to your next opponent is to work hard, put it all behind you and point at the next opportunity at victory."

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It was LSU's third loss in the last two seasons. Miles and the Tigers lost at Auburn and Florida last season, and one thing in common with all three of the losses is that Miles was unhappy with penalties.

"I'm not pointing a finger at anybody else but our team," Miles says. "We're fixing those. We've got to play smarter. There were some penalties where our guys were in position, lost position late and have to be smart enough to come off the block. There were also some calls in my opinion that need a strong review that we're looking at. I don't know what I really need to say there. First and foremost we can be better, and we will.

"There were a number of calls that I'm certain will be looked at repeatedly from this point forward," he adds.

The Tigers were flagged 12 times for 103 yards, while Kentucky was called seven times for 62 yards.

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As far as the mood of the team at Monday's practice following the unexpected loss to the Wildcats, Miles says, "There wasn't a lot of smiling going on. There is nobody in that room that had any enjoyment with how that game finished. I think they all look forward to practice and they all look forward to getting better. As a rule, we all took responsibility. Generally speaking they're a quality group of men. I look forward to get this thing back on track, going to work and preparing against a quality opponent in Auburn."

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On the injury front, Miles notes, "At this point I would not tell you that there is anybody is absolutely ruled out. There are some guys that missed practice today, but I think we'll look and see how they go from that point forward.

"(Offensive guard) Will Arnold, I think his health is coming back. I don't know exactly at what point in time he will be available for us, but whenever that is we would like to have him back.

"Early Doucet is getting healthier. His availability in Saturday's game was based on his insistence that he could do this, and he we had a need for a receiver at that time. As we go into this game, there will not be risk for injury by me.

"We expect Early to play more, we expect him to be healthier and we expect that he'll take part in this game. To what percentage or two what length, I don't know just yet."

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Against the ‘Cats, Charles Scott carried seven times for 94 yards, most of which came in the first half. However, Jacob Hester was the workhorse and he finished with just 61 yards on 18 carries. Miles was questioned several times during his press conference about the decision to go away from Scott in the second half.

"The ways we were using him in the first half, there was a defensive adjustment by them that really took the formation and made it a much different call," he explains. "We had the opportunity to get him the ball in several ways that really weren't as good as some of the other calls that we had. In hindsight, would I have liked to get him the ball more? You betcha. I knew the reason why we were making the calls that we were making and felt like it was being done for the right reason."

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Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Auburn has not won in Tiger Stadium since Tuberville's first season in 1999.


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