Miles looking toward Kentucky

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media Wednesday for the final time before Saturday's matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Miles said the team has prepared well throughout the week and problems are continually being worked on.                                                                                   


"We've worked hard this week on some things that needed work," Miles said. "The players have had a great attitude this week. We want to play like we are capable of and we didn't do that last Saturday. We have improved this week and we expect to play much better against Kentucky."                                                                      


Miles and his staff especially focused this week on special teams. The return games on kickoff and punt have struggled this season and adjustments were made during practice. Chevis Jackson will continue to return punts for the Tigers, but receiver Craig "Buster" Davis joined him this week in preparation.                                                          


"[Davis] looks really good," Miles said. "I think he and Chevis (Jackson) will be back there. We will go another day before we decide which one will go first. Buster (Davis) has capable ball skills, fields the ball well and he will be a dangerous return man."


Jacob Hester said he also took reps returning punts to feel out the position.


"I think we have had a good week working on the return game," Miles said. "I think the attention to detail that was paid to this week's special teams has paid dividends. I don't think there is any question that we have improved."


Miles also addressed injuries, which have reached a season high at the mid-point of the season. Miles said the Tigers will continue to be without offensive guard Will Arnold (knee) along with defensive back Daniel Francis (knee). Miles also said that wide receiver Brandon LaFell (ribs) has been out of practice this week and is questionable going into the weekend.


According to Miles, none of the injuries are believed to be long term.


As LSU continues to heal and improve, they must also prepare for a talented Kentucky team. Miles said Kentucky is a very well-coached team that could pose some problems both offensively and defensively.


Miles said Kentucky will cause problems for LSU, but that his team will do the same against the Wildcats.


"I think they are very well coached," Miles said. "They know how to attack you and their scheme is very good. They have a very good quarterback and they do a great job of throwing the football. This is a good football team that we are facing on Saturday."

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