Miles, Tigers prep for Arizona

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media Wednesday afternoon for the final time before the Tigers kickoff against the Arizona Wildcats in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Miles said the team had a good week of practice and that they are ready to face the Wildcats.

"It was a good go, a typical Wednesday practice," Miles said of his team's workout. "The players worked hard, but we still have some work to do. That's why we have Thursdays and Fridays. We are looking forward to playing the Wildcats."


Practice ran about 20 minutes over schedule Wednesday, which is sometimes an indication of a bad practice. Miles however said practice did not go perfect, but it wasn't a bad practice.


The first item Miles addressed was the improvement of junior running back Alley Broussard. Miles spoke positive about the Lafayette native and what he anticipates for the running game on Saturday.


"I like the progress by Alley Broussard. He is getting better on a daily basis," Miles said. "I think we are making gains there," Miles said. "It (the running game) needs to be tested with a strong defense. I think this Saturday will give us a nice look at how we are progressing there. Their defensive line is big and strong and they are good at the point of attack and they also have some very good linebackers."


The No. 8 LSU offense should face a better defense in the Wildcats, and Miles said he and his team are looking forward to the test. The Arizona defense gave up 289 yards through the air against Brigham Young, including 28-of-37 completions.


"They are always in position, mostly zone," said Miles. "They also play a little man coverage. They know how to tackle."


On defense, the Tigers should also be prepared to face a better offense then their first-week opponent in Louisiana-Lafayette. Arizona needed a last second field goal to beat BYU in week-one, but should provide an excellent challenge for LSU before next week's Southeastern Conference showdown against Auburn.


Against BYU, the Wildcats compiled 253 total yards of offense.


Against ULL, the LSU defense experimented with a defensive play card for all 11 plays on the field. Miles said against a fast past opponent like the Cajuns, the play cards are the best way to get the defense in the right position.


"Anytime the other team is in the no-huddle, you have to be ready," Miles said. "You have to check your play card. The play card is probably the fastest way to get the defense ready. The card system gives you that."


Miles also took time to comment on special teams, which he said will feature the same players as last week. Miles said Chevis Jackson and Daniel Francis will again be returning the ball, and that he expects special teams to be better because the team spent more time practicing returns throughout the week.

Saturday was LSU's first game officiated under the new NCAA clock rules, and Miles said he thinks the players and coaching staff handled it well.

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