Les Miles will experience something, he thinks, he never has before on Sept. 3.
“This will be the first time all of my coordinators will be on the sidelines,” Miles on after Monday’s first full team, padded practice.
Miles said both defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be present on the sidelines during the Tigers season opener against Wisconsin 25 days from now at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
Miles, though, said the implementation of both coordinators on the field “could change,” but it “appears to him” they will both be at his side during the first game.
“As best as I got it today, he’s going to be on the sidelines,” Miles said of Cameron. “You could ask me that same question tomorrow, and he’s probably going to be on the sidelines … Until we’re probably about 10 days out, then we’ll refigure it again, and then, he’ll probably be on the sideline.”
Now Aranda, he's a hungry man. And the answer as to if he will be on the ground is to be determined.
But it is leaning toward yes, the coach said.
“It appears to me that he’ll be on the sideline," Miles said. "But I don’t know, we’re going to have to see how time goes. He might not go on the sideline, in fact he likes to eat food at halftime. A lot of the times those guys like to go upstairs. I think that Dave will be an asset on the sidelines and I think Cam as well. It’ll be the first time that all three of my coordinators are on the sidelines."
What advantages does LSU find in having both, or one, coordinator on the field?
Communication and explanation provides better expectation, as best simplified by Miles.
“I think it helps the the player understand most what is expected from the call," Miles said. "That’s the advantage of having either coordinator on the sideline.”
Cameron first patrolled the LSU sideline in last season’s 56-27 win against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl last December. The Tigers accumulated 638 total yards in LSU’s highest scoring bowl game performance in program history on the date.
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