Les Miles Press Conference - 8/22

Les Miles provided an update as the Tigers enter the final week before the season starts. He touches on the Travonte Valentine situation, Ethan Pocic and more.

Les Miles met with the media Friday evening to provide an update on the Tigers with about a week left before the season.

Miles said the "hard work is done" for this week as the Tigers will have a light practice Wednesday before getting into game week on Monday.

"I like where we're at," Miles said. "Today was better than it's been. Our team is rounding into shape in preparation for play."

Earlier in the day, reports out of Wisconsin named Tanner McEvoy as the Badgers' starter for the season opener. McEvoy supplants incumbent Joel Stave and gives Wisconsin a more mobile option.

Miles said the Tigers have been preparing for both, and are ready to for the challenge McEvoy brings.

"McEvoy has some ability to move his feet," Miles said. "We would expect the same route tree would be used, the same offense but maybe just a more mobile quarterback...We've had success with dual threat guys, but it's been a different style of offense. Wisconsin's style is a quality ground game, variety of formations and now a mobile quarterback as well as a quality throwing game."

Ethan Pocic has also worked his way into the starting lineup, which Miles has hinted all week. Friday he gave some indication as to why.

"He's fast for a big man," Miles said. "He's got real strong powerful mechanics...He has a little more range [than Elliott Porter]."

Lastly, Miles touched on the Travonte Valentine situation, as the Tigers' signee remains at home while the SEC takes one last review of his case. Miles called it an "administrative issue" and they hope he'll join the team soon.

"I wish that he could be here," Miles said.

For more on what Miles had to say Friday, head to the TSD Message Board for the complete notes.

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