Players report in one week for the start of fall camp, and Miles spent Wednesday afternoon speaking to a group of alumni, donors, boosters and reporters assembled in Tiger Stadium. Below are some of the newsiest tidbits from Miles' speech.
---Miles said he's operating on the schedule of East Baton Rouge district attorney Hillar Moore in regards to the three suspended players Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedius Bain.
Moore was in attendance for Miles' Rotary Club address. Moore told reporters after Miles' speech that the person who allegedly had items stolen by the three LSU players has requested the charges be dropped. Moore said he is still reviewing the case and did not specify when a resolution may come. Moore also said that if the case didn't involve athletes, the charges probably would've been dropped already, but he wants to make sure he does his due diligence.
Miles said at SEC Media Days that he expects a positive outcome for the three players. They remain indefinitely suspended, but if past history is any indication, they will likely be reinstated by the start of fall camp.
---LSU's starting offensive line from left to right: Jerald Hawkins, Ethan Pocic, William Clapp, Josh Boutte, Vadal Alexander.
This doesn't come as a surprise, but Miles released the starting offensive line heading into fall camp. It matches the top five linemen to come out of spring practices. Hawkins and Alexander seem entrenched as the starting tackles after holding off entry to the NFL Draft. Redshirt freshman Clapp continues to impress and is ready to move into the starting lineup, which frees Pocic to move from center to guard. Miles called Josh Boutte one of the biggest men he's ever seen, and the monstrous former four-star is ready to start at right guard.
---Freshmen will contribute at defensive end
Miles did say that Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal will be LSU's starting defensive ends, but they'll play a lot of guys that position. He singled out the two true freshmen and said they should and will contribute in their first year with the Tigers. Isaiah Washington has been impressive this summer during workouts. Arden Key hasn't arrived yet, but Miles compared him to a young Barkevious Mingo.
---Leonard Fournette should be a Heisman contender
Miles said that LSU's star sophomore should be a candidate for college football's highest honor. When asked how many carries Fournette will get in each game, Miles quipped: "If he scores the first 7 times he touches it, he won’t need to touch it again."
Miles did also praise Fournette's backups. He called Darrel Williams "an elite running back" and called the freshman duo of Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette "tremendous."
---Fournette still up for kickoff returns
Miles said that Fournette is one of several guys that will get looks at kickoff returns. Fournette handled those duties all last year. Miles also said that Tre'Davious White will also continue to handle punt returns. Miles did also mention freshman Donte Jackson as someone that could do returns. Miles said Jackson ran a 4.36 40-yard dash this summer and that he can play on both offense and defense this year.
---More commits than we actually know about
LSU's 2016 class currently stands at 18 commits — that we know about. Miles said there are actually 21 recruits currently committed to LSU in that class. He said some are committed "softly" meaning the "media doesn't know about them."
---Where LSU would hold its satellite camps
Miles offered his take on the satellite camp debate that's gripped college football this offseason. The SEC still doesn't allow its schools to hold them, though the conference will allow it if the national rule is not changed. Miles said Wednesday he thinks satellite camps need to go, but he did say where he'd hold his if allowed: Houston, Dallas, North Louisiana, Atlanta and maybe Florida.
---Then there was this...
Les Miles is currently being interrogated on play calling, by a nun, at a Rotary meeting. Not joking. @valleyshook— bayou boiler (@bayouboiler) July 29, 2015