Then he grinned.
"That's what first days are for," Miles said.
Miles said he was happy to be out on the field and back together with his team. Approximately 30 freshmen and transfer players worked out for nearly two and a half hours Sunday afternoon without shoulder pads.
The newcomers were joined by several veteran players as well including: junior tailback Justin Vincent and sophomore receivers Amp Hill and Xavier Carter.
Miles told reporters Saturday practice would be split between morning and evening sessions for the next two weeks with veteran players rehearsing in the morning and afternoon practices reserved for freshmen and other newcomers.
Some veteran players will join the newcomers in the afternoons to provide balance and work on fundamentals, Miles said.
"We will select some different veterans every day who we want to look at closely and so we can give some of the younger guys a break," he said. "Some of the young guys are going to get the majority of the reps in the afternoons and we need to split time among the players. For instance, we may divide punters and kickers and take some veterans from those squads and practice them in the afternoon."
Miles mentioned freshman quarterback Ryan Perrilloux specifically as one of the players who is going to get a lot of work in afternoon drills. The highly-touted Perrilloux split time with sophomore transfer James Welker Sunday, throwing sideline routs to both freshmen and veteran receivers. The two then spent two periods throwing passes across the middle of the field.
Perrilloux seemed to struggle to complete passes along the sidelines but his accuracy increased as the receivers moved between the hash marks. He then led the team in a series of 11-11 blocking drills, handing the ball to Vincent and other tailbacks.
"He'll (Perrilloux) be getting a lot of reps and he's very talented," Miles said. "But he's still a freshman."
Miles remarked he was very pleased with the talent level of some of the incoming freshmen, singling out defensive ends Ricky Jean-Francois from Miami and Al Jones from New Orleans.
The Tigers will practice again with no pads tomorrow before donning the protection Tuesday, a day Miles said he's awaiting anxiously.
"I can't wait until we get into pads," he said. "Practicing without pads is like a tax you must pay. It's hard on the guys and they wish they had pads on too. Guys bump into each other out there and can get hurt."
He said his team is in very good physical shape but had a tough time with basics and fundamentals.
"That's why we practice," he said.
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