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Lunch with Les: Auburn preview

Les Miles meets with the media during his weekly "Lunch with Les" press conference ahead of LSU's matchup with Auburn on Saturday.

LSU coach Les Miles suggested LSU may have officially resolved its quarterback situation.

During his weekly "Lunch with Les" press conference, Miles was asked if junior transfer quarterback Danny Etling should be worried about being pulled if he were to make any mid-game mistakes.

"No," the coach answered.

Miles said Etling's ad-lib ability and elusiveness in the pocket have prolonged plays on LSU's offense that "make first downs," Miles said.

"Danny's one of the more athletic guys on our team," Miles said. "He has athleticism, good feet, the ability to move. He has a knack for recognizing when somebody is coming in there and he's got to move out."

Les Miles was asked what one of LSU's biggest challenges this weekend against Auburn would be — Kevin Steele and Auburn's defense, he said first, before listing Auburn's other position groups.

"Tremendous defense," he said. "Of course we know the defensive coordinator over there in Kevin Steele."

Shortly after LSU's 56-27 Texas Bowl win against Texas Tech, Miles was hit with the news, from Steele, about his departure to Auburn.

"We had just beaten Texas Tech," he said. "I was going back in the hotel to get a bite to eat and as I walked in, I walked in what was a common area and Kevin called me over. He said 'I'm going to Auburn.' I said, 'huh?' I was relatively shocked. But I understood and I really wish him well.

To face Steele's defense on Saturday will be Etling and for the second week in a row, Leonard Fournette will be "full speed ahead," Miles says.

Miles said he was told Fournette did not have any swelling in his ankle after the Mississippi State game.

Miles, though, did suggest a handful of LSU's offensive lineman may sit out of practice today.

Toby Weathersby had another LSU player roll on his ankle during the game and did not return against Mississippi State. Will Clapp (shoulder), K.J. Malone (cramps) and Josh Boutte all returned to play against the Bulldogs after going down for a short period of time.

Arden Key, Josh Growden earn SEC Honors

After earning his fourth and fifth sacks against Mississippi State, sophomore hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker Arden Key was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, the league office announced Monday morning.

LSU's punter earned praise from the conference, too. Growden was named Co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week beside Alabama punt returner Eddie Jackson returned the first punt of his carrer 85 yards in the second quarter against Ole Miss.

Growden averaged 49.2 yards per punt against the Bulldogs, including a long of 65 yards and another 61-yarder to pin Mississippi State deep in its own half of the field late in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

"He's been consistent with us," Miles said. "The 61-yard punt in a timely fashion was just what we needed."


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