Miles reflects on Tennessee game

A day after LSU's 28-24 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Tennessee, LSU coach Les Miles discussed the game with members of the media. The following is the transcript from today's media briefing:

On the team's injury status …

 

"I don't think anybody will miss next week's game. OT Will (Arnold) and TE (Keith) Zinger won't play anymore this season, unless something changes. 

 

 

On the running backs and Keiland Williams …

 

"We like certain things that all of them do, and we gave them the opportunity to do it. Keiland (Williams) practiced well. He was taking a lot of snaps during our young players' scrimmage on Mondays, which really helped him. After the open week, he was learning the offense much more rapidly. We had some guys that did take snaps that weren't necessarily healthy, so it really gave him an opportunity to show his wears. I thought he played well in his first major action. Obviously, he had taken some snaps before. He had a nice reception. He had to block on a few plays. He understands our pass protection scheme pretty well. He's really physical so we think we can match him up with a linebacker or an undersized defensive end. We ran it well. We ran it better. We continue to improve there."

 

 

On JaMarcus Russell engineering the game-winning drive …

 

"He did it like he did at Arizona State and Alabama a year ago. Considering how the year has gone, we're due to beat a real quality opponent. It was very fitting. JaMarcus does it again like he did in those other two games. One of those was overtime and one was the last drive. This was another back end of the game when the game is on the line and he's got to come through."

 

 

On what JaMarcus Russell needs to improve on …

 

"There are some technique issues. The ball slips out of his hand (on the interception). I don't understand it. I know he doesn't understand it. Certainly if he can fix that, he would. There's some throws that a very big quarterback can make. It's hard to take away a big-time playmaker's ability to improvise. It sure has been a real positive for us."

 

 

On winning a game on the road against a Top 10 opponent …

 

"I never felt the monkey on my back. I felt like we went to Auburn to win and finished second. We made some mistakes in the Florida game that cost us the game. I really never thought like there was any burden or hurdle that we had to jump to get that done. I just felt like we had to play good sound, solid football."

 


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