Tigers making preparations for State

LSU head coach Les Miles met Wednesday with the media one last time before Saturday's contest against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium. Miles said the team has been practicing well this week and that the team feels healthy, especially with the cooler weather.

"It was a beautiful day," Miles said. "The weather was great. The kids played hard, practiced well. They are especially sharp throwing and catching. Everybody practiced. Looking forward to the game."

Everyone was talking about the non-existent quarterback controversy going into fall camp, thus far, it's the running backs creating all the controversy.

Charles Scott exploded for 101 yards against Tulane on Saturday and now everyone wants to know who will get the start. According to Miles, the lineup will not be shaken up, but he said they will go with the hot hand no matter what.

Miles said despite Scott's performance on Saturday, nothing has changed in practice.

"[Scott] is running the same schedule we have always operated," Miles said. "But he had a good practice. He practiced hard all week. Whoever the hot hand is, we are going to go with him. If the hot hand is twenty-two, then we will go with him. Twenty-five started last game. I would expect there to be the same starters."

Miles said he expects everyone to play against the Bulldogs, except Zinger who is still recovering from a stomach ailment. He said that Zinger has been practicing, and that Brian Johnson practiced Tuesday and Wednesday so he could be ready to go.

Miles also commented on the play of sophomore Herman Johnson who replaced Brain Johnson against Tulane.

"Herman has improved," Miles said. "He is getting better and better. We expect better play each week."

The second year coach also took time to speak of this week's opponent Mississippi State. He said Sylvester Croom has done a good job and said MSU's defense could pose many problems for the No. 9 Tigers.

"[Croom] has done a good job," Miles said. "He works hard. He is a good coach. He does the right things. They have a really strong front seven. Fast mobile linebackers. Really strong guys upfront. It doesn't seem to me to be the front to be there issue. They can play awfully well."

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