LSU preparing for Kentucky, Towles

In his weekly appearance on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday, Les Miles previewed the challenge Kentucky's offense will present and spoke to the difficulties of maintaining an elite offensive line.

LSU coach Les Miles addressed reporters in a brief window Wednesday morning during the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference.

He answered several questions about the Kentucky air-raid offense and Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles.

"He is a very fine field general," said Miles of Towles. "Looks like gets in the right plays, knows where he's supposed to go with the ball, accurate, can move his feet. He's a very capable quarterback."

Here is a transcript of the rest of Miles' most relevant comments, including his take on why it's so difficult to maintain an elite offensive line in college football.

Opening Statement on Kentucky Game

"We're preparing. We recognize it's going to be a very competitive, capable game, and we look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium."

On Kentucky's air-raid offense and others like it ...

"There has been a push to more athleticism and speed. We've tried to make that adjustment. We feel like we have a very fast defense and being able to find those cover corners that can match up with receivers and can defend (is important). That'll be a matchup for this Saturday, and it's one that we anticipated with our recruitment."

On maintaining an elite offensive line ...

"I think there's a consistency that has to be taught and an expected level of excellence. To match the players with those expectations is constantly what's a key factor in developing an elite offensive line. Then you talk about graduation and those guys that would leave early to go the NFL, I think to have an elite offensive line year after year takes a lot. We're pursuing that on an annual basis."

Publisher's Note: Miles also spent some time in his introductory remarks reflecting on SEC commissioner Mike Slive's tenure and more or less wishing him the best as he has announced he'll step down in July 2015. The best takeaway quote: "His leadership and direction for this conference has been monumental."

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