Les Miles recognizes Ole Miss challenge

Les Miles previewed his team's showdown with No. 3 Ole Miss during the SEC Coaches Teleconference on Wednesday. He said LSU's prepared for the challenge this Rebel defense will bring.

Les Miles spoke of the specific challenges No. 3 Ole Miss will bring to Tiger Stadium on Saturday.

Appearing Wednesday on the SEC Coaches Teleconference, Miles said LSU's looking forward to that competition, and the Tigers recognize just how physical and well-rounded the Rebels are on defense.

“We’re a team that continues to improve," Miles said. "We showed some improvement against Kentucky in all three phases. It’ll be a very capable Ole Miss team coming in and a great test for us. We look forward to that competition.”

Below you'll find the rest of the transcript from Miles' appearance on the teleconference:

On the rivalry between LSU and Ole Miss...

“I’ve been made aware of it in my 10 years here. I recognize the great competition, the personal nature of the game.”

On what makes this year's Ole Miss team so formidable...

“They’re very good in all three phases. That’s really the key. They’ve done a good job offensively, very good job defensively, special teams are playing big. They’re very, very talented.”

On what Anthony Jennings learned from being "benched" before the Auburn game...

“Benched is not necessarily the word. It’s more or less the evolution of the position if you will. Him understanding competition and understanding what all needed to be done at the quarterback spot has improved his abilities to improve but Brandon Harris’ as well.”

On if last year's loss to Ole Miss is still on his team's mind...

“The most recent past is something we’ve reviewed and it’s in our cutups so I’m certain our guys recognize that game.”

On his impression of the Ole Miss defense...

“It’s a very well conceived defense. It’s got speed, a really nice zone package. They can change to man very quickly in the secondary. There’s a lot to that defense. It’s not just the physicality. Conceptually they do a really good job. They’re a defense that continues to improve.”

On what his team showed by winning at Florida...

“Our football team was ready to go to the Swamp and win. There is some maturity here that provides real quality leadership. Some of the young guys had never been to the Swamp, they listened and went along with what was expected and played very well. That’s an example of how we can play. Kentucky’s an example of how we can play at home. We’re improving and looking forward to what lay just in front of us this Saturday with Ole Miss.”

On where his team still needs to improve...

“I’m not really going to point at a specific area, but it’s a maturity issue. The team realizes when all three phases complement each other, that’s the best recipe for victory. That’s coming. I enjoy how this team is approaching improvement and understanding how necessary it is.”

On what makes Dak Prescott so tough to stop...

“Dan’s done a great job with Dak. He’s a very physical runner, a guy who has the mentality to the game. He’s a guy that makes the throws that need to be made in a timely fashion. He’s very competitive. He’s a team leader. The specifics of his growing up and his environment have benefitted greatly. We root for him to be honest.”

On how a defense can stop Prescott...

“You’re going to have to get to the next guy to find that one out. Anytime you can play defense and slow the run game, that certainly helps. But anytime you spread that really capable running QB in position, boy that’s a dynamic spot. And he does great job at it. Stopping Dak is really a formidable question.”



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