End of discussion?

Miles says he'd focused on season, 104 remaining players -- not Tyrann Mathieu

A new day, a new twist in the Tyrann Mathieu saga.

This one isn't a major ripple, though.

With several media outlets reporting that the dismissed cornerback will meet with LSU administrators at some point Tuesday, the possibility of the Tigers junior sitting out the 2012 season with an eye on trying to return to the program in 2013 is gaining traction.

Les Miles was prodded about the topic during a session with the media after his team practiced Tuesday and he made it clear he won't have much more to say about the 2011 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

"I am certainly rooting for Ty and whatever his future is, but I'm not focused on that," Miles said. "I've got games to play and I've got 104 guys I have to be ready for. I know this is a key time in his life, and I hope the decisions that he makes are in his best interests for the long term. We'll help any way we can."

Tyrann Mathieu

"I am not in any way speculating. He will not be on this team this year. That's a fact. I have no idea beyond that."

Pressed for an answer on whether Mathieu could come back to LSU in 2013, Miles held his ground.

"I am not in any way going to speculate," Miles said. "He will not be on this football this year. I guarantee it. That's a fact. I have no idea beyond that."

Whether or not his comments Tuesday are a sign that Miles is softening on his assertion Friday that Mathieu was permanently gone is open to interpretation.

He also vaguely spoke about how FCS programs might go about seeking an opportunity to speak to Mathieu, whose scholarship was revoked upon his dismissal.

"He would not necessarily have to go through me," Miles said.

But if and when those phone calls come, Miles said he won't hesitate to recommend the Tigers' former playmaker.

"He's a team player," Miles said. "He's improved in his maturity. That's how I would speak about him. He deserves every opportunity."

When a reporter made one last lunge with a Mathieu question, Miles reiterated his stance.

"I have to be honest with you; I think we've done exactly what needs to be done at this point and I want to focus on other things and not those pieces," he said.

Case closed? Not exactly. Mathieu was originally expected to announce a decision Wednesday, but may push that back a few days.

In other news from Miles on Tuesday:

Mini scrimmage

As part of a planned practice drill to push the Tigers through camp weariness, they went through a 52-snap mini scrimmage Tuesday with the first-teamers going to head-to-head for 26 plays and the second teamers for 26 more.

Stephen Rivers: 'Threw the ball well'

Miles rattled off several players who stood out, including Eric Reid, backup quarterback Stephen Rivers, running backs Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue and defensive end Sam Montgomery.

When asked if injured starting tackles Chris Faulk and Alex Hurst or cornerback Jalen Collins were back in action after all three missed a scrimmage on Saturday, Miles playfully said "two of the three" were back.

Whether Hurst and Faulk returned or not is still a bit of a mystery, but in their absence, Chris Davenport and Josh Dworaczyk have gotten plenty of action, which provides a silver lining.

"We're building some depth at those places where we give guys breaks," Miles said.

Moving around

Miles confirmed that freshman Kavahra Holmes had spent much of pre-season camp working at cornerback and running back Terrance Magee has split his time, taking a lot of snaps at receiver of late.

Kavahra Holmes

The idea of testing Holmes in the secondary was formulated before pre-season campo began, Miles said. Much like Morris Claiborne in 2009, Holmes has tinkered at both receiver and cornerback and where he winds up "could go either way," Miles said.

"We're giving it a look-see during camp," Miles said of Holmes, who was recruited as a receiver and is one of the fastest freshmen on the Tigers' roster.

"He came in and did a great job at receiver, so we said ‘When we have the time, let's look at him' and he's doing well."

Meanwhile, Magee has run with the receivers on a regular basis in an effort to get on the field.

With the running back position stacked five players deep, Magee's chances to carry the ball may be limited to mopup time.

But his move to receiver has been a pleasant surprise to Miles, who predicted that the former Franklinton quarterback "plays on Saturdays."

"He has really good ball skills, he's fast and has the ability to make plays," Miles said.


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