Miles talks football on Media Day

While the LSU Tigers have already went through spring drills and the first week of fall camp under coach les Miles, the year one of the Miles era got off to its official start Sunday afternoon at LSU Media Day.

Members of the media were greeted for lunch on the turf of the LSU's Indoor Practice facility. Then the over 100 media members in attendance were escorted into the new Football Operations Building at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The press corps was led down a long corridor past dozens of rooms still heaped full of boxes waiting to be unpacked.

Finally, the group was shown into a large auditorium sized room where Miles, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Bo Pelini addressed the media for specified amounts of time.

"I've been in here twice and this is the first time that we've operated this room and it's going to be a very functional facility," Miles said of the new Football Ops building.

While the mood was mostly upbeat, the first line of questioning surrounded the recent injury to running back Alley Broussard. The junior tailback from Lafayette suffered a season-ending knee injury during Saturday's scrimmage.

"We're disappointed at the loss of Alley Broussard," Miles said. "He certainly had a great summer and was in a position to contribute to this team, but that won't happen. His teammates miss him as a player and as a person, but this is a good football team, some more opportunities were made by his departure and we're going to miss him. But we're going to move on and be very productive."

Broussard sustained the injury during one-on-one tackling drills Saturday. Under Miles, the Tigers have seen much more live contact than they did under former coach Nick Saban. This, of course, brought on certain lines of questioning concerning the first-year coaches practice methods.

"What you try to do is spread it out as much as you can, but (Broussard) had three carries that day and it's impossible for him to practice football and not sustain some type of contact," Miles said. "I'd have to say it's a very rare occurrence the way it happened."

Miles went on to explain injuries are a nature of the game of football.

"Things like that happen," Miles said. "It's football. If it wasn't a sport where you could get injuries, it would be a much different sport. The game has to have this and go beyond it. It was just a one-on-one tackle, a guy got him in the hole and he twisted it. I can tell you that if you watch it on television you would not think it's a serious injury."

Another, always hot topic of conversation if the LSU quarterback race. Freshman Ryan Perrilloux is now in the mix along with veterans JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn making the race an interesting one to watch.

"I think all three of them are very talented guys," Miles said. "I think JaMarcus (Russell) has a very talented arm and he's getting more comfortable with the system. Matt Flynn, again, can throw the football well and maybe is a little bit better at scrambling in the pocket. The young quarterback we have (Ryan Perrilloux) has all the talent.

Miles did compliment Perrilloux's early poise and progress through the first week of drills.

"He (Perrilloux) can throw the football and is getting comfortable with the system," Miles said. "So all three are coming along and will continue to compete for that position."

Once Miles left the podium, Fisher stepped to the mic and the quarterback derby continued.

"We're not where we need to be, but we're making a lot of progress," Fisher said. "The thing I'm excited about is that we have a good understanding of what we're trying to do in the passing game with the quarterbacks and the receivers, and it takes both. It takes both because last year both were a problem.

"I don't think we executed on both ends that well. Sometimes you couldn't tell which one it was. I think both of them because they're more mature and understanding are doing a better job. I'm excited about where we're at."

While many believe the offense could take on a different identity this season under a more offensive-minded coach like Miles, Fisher said the offense will likely resemble the one under Saban.

"I don't think it will be drastically different this year from last year just because we have more experience," Miles said. "A lot of times the things you do on offense are based on the guys you have, and at this point they understand more about their role and how to do things."

Pelini got acquainted with the Baton Rouge press in his first media day as LSU's defensive coordinator. Pelini was asked extensive questions pertaining to his career as a longtime NFL assistant coach.

"It's not the same system, but the principles and concepts that we employ are very similar," Pelini said. "This isn't the NFL. This is college, and you have to adapt. But most of my beliefs come from my early days when I was with the 49ers."

Like Fisher, there were several questions on the floor aimed at whether much would change defensively from Saban's system to Pelini's.

"There are some things that are different, and there are some things that are very similar," Pelini said. "We've added some new terminology and some new concepts. I feel that my system is really easy for guys to learn. It's a conceptual thing, and once they understand that they can apply it to everything that they do. I believe in that system."

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