Miles: "Unique experience" awaits Harris

There was plenty for LSU coach Les Miles to discuss Wednesday on the SEC Coaches Teleconference. Miles started with the challenge ahead of new starting quarterback Brandon Harris and made his way to previewing Auburn.

LSU coach Les Miles addressed the media Wednesday morning during his weekly turn at the SEC Coaches Teleconference.

Miles was immediately asked about new starting quarterback Brandon Harris and getting the true freshman ready to make his first career start this Saturday night at No. 5 Auburn.

"We're preparing him for crowd noise and the ability to communicate. We recognize this is going to be a unique experience for him," noted Miles. "In the same vein he's been in athletics his lifetime and recognizes what an opposing stadium is like.

"Certainly this is a special place but something we can translate to him as something he's experienced before. We'd expect his motor and adrenaline will be pumping, but all he has to do is what we ask him to do."

The Tigers' tenth-year sideline boss also shared his thoughts on Auburn's defense, the War Eagles' formidable passing-game duo and playing so many freshmen.

Here is a transcript of the rest of Miles' most relevant comments.

Opening Statement

"We're enjoying preparation, just realizing they're a very talented Auburn team that awaits us. We're looking forward to that game."

On Auburn QB Nick Marshall ...

"I think he's improved tremendously, a guy that can make plays and put his team in the right spot. Good feet, has the ability to run it and throw it. We're looking forward to that challenge."

On Auburn WR D'haquille Williams not getting as much pub since he left Louisiana ...

"I don't know exactly how that all translated in the post-decision-making time, but I certainly think those guys that are Louisiana guys enjoy staying home most of the time. I certainly realize it's a very talented guy and he's having a great year at Auburn. I don't know that the media view is any less or any more."

On playing a wealth of true freshmen ...

"We've always gone from this vantage - if a young player can help our team be better, we play them. Here's what's happened: If he can make us better as a freshman without a redshirt, by the time he gets to be a sophomore you want him to have had as many experiences as he can so when he's a sophomore he can play more dominantly."

On Auburn's defense ...

"I think they're a big, strong, mobile group. They're very quality in their strategy. The line can defend both the run and the pass. I think the idea that they returned such a large number of their veterans on the defensive side, you can see it in how they play. We recognize they're a very formidable group."

On benefits of already having played dual-threat QB (Dak Prescott) ...

"We'd best have improved from that game and look forward to putting a man in those gaps, covering the line of scrimmage. The good news is we have seen it, we're working on it and certainly the defense has improved since they've played Mississippi State."

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