Asked if he is concerned his team could come apart after losing to LSU 31-10, its third straight loss after winning the first five, he said, "Not really. "It is a whole new coaching staff and I?think these players realize that and we are going to have some tough moments on the road. I?think I am a great enough leader to not let that happen."
Coleman, who left the field in the first half with an injury, returned to action and finished the game. "I went to hit the quarterback and my body went one way and my knee went the other way, but everything is fine,"?he said.
"I might be a little sore tomorrow, but there is no quit in me," he added. "You will see me on the field next week. I?have already been checked by a doctor and I am fine."
Coleman finished the game with six tackles with two for lost yardage including a quarterback sack.
"I hope all of the guys' heads are up," he said. "That is something I will strive to get right."
In other news and notes from Tiger Stadium:
*Eltoro Freeman had eight tackles in the first half. He had just seven all season coming into the game. The linebacker had a dozen stops to lead the Tigers. Neiko Thorpe had eight stops for the Tigers while Craig Stevens, Zac Etheridge, Josh Bynes and Mike Blanc each had seven stops.