Miles, LSU making final adjustments for Vols

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media for the final time Wednesday before Saturday's showdown in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers

Miles said it was another good week of practice and that the team was anxious to play.


"We had another good work day," said Miles. "We have made progress this week and I like the way this team has approached practice. I feel like we have improved in some key areas and we are getting this team ready to play."


Miles moved his team into the indoor practice facility where game noise and music is pumped in to get his team adjusted to crowd noise.


"I am not real fired up on some of the fight songs I am hearing," Mile said. "The communication between the players has been good. We are working in adverse conditions so that we can communicate. We have done that, not only this year, but years in the past and I think we are prepared for that."


Miles also said the sewage leak just feet away from the practice fields was a reason for moving indoors.

"We wanted to be inside based on the conditions of the field and the conditions that were out there," Miles said with a laugh. "With the smell, we wanted to be able to concentrate on the game plan."


The newest wrinkle in Miles gameplan is the likelihood of Tennessee veteran quarterback Eric Ainge not playing due to and ankle injury suffered last week against South Carolina. Ainge said in a media conference call on Wednesday that he is still questionable for Saturday.


Redshirt freshman quarterback Jonathan Crompton took most of the snaps with the first team on Monday and Tuesday for the Vols. Crompton has completed 4-of-4 passes on the season for 44 yards. Junior Bo Hardegree is the third quarterback.


"We're preparing for their best," Miles said. "We have looked at the few snaps that their other quarterback has played and we figure that their package is ready to go. I can imagine that once the adrenaline gets flowing, they'll have Erik ready to play."


Miles also touched on the fact that his squad has not yet won on the road this season.


"Anytime you play a great team, you expect a great contest," Miles said. "We've talked about poise and being a veteran team that goes on the road and understands that there will be swings of momentum in the game. It's important that we keep our poise."

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