LSU coach Les Miles meet with members of the media on Sunday to discuss the Tigers' 28-14 win over Alabama. The following is a transcript of Miles' comments on Sunday:
"Anytime you beat a quality
and do so the way we did it, you have to be pleased. Offensively, we moved the
ball well. I think our defense, for the first time, had to overcome some issues.
We lost (LB) Darry Beckwith in the middle of the game. We started playing two
freshmen linebackers pretty regularly. We had to play aggressive in the passing
game otherwise we just let them go down the field. Some of the mistakes that we
made (in the secondary) were because we were too passive and giving too much
cushion. We got into a game where the opponent was really moving the football
for the first time against us. We got a couple of turnovers when we needed to. I
think our team is coming. This (Ole Miss game) is going to be a good test. I
think Ole Miss has a quality football team. I think we are by some issues, but
we still have some improvement to take to heart. This team has done that each
On the team's injury status …
"(Jessie) Daniels has a legitimate
chance (of playing), and (Craig) Davis has a legitimate chance (of playing).
(Darry) Beckwith will be a decision late in the week."
On overcoming adversity …
"There comes a time in the season
where your team has a feel for the week, the opponent and what they need to do.
They turn instinctively and get it done. That is generally a mark of a really,
really good football team. It entails work and practice and the process of never
taking the opponent for granted. This team appears to me to be doing that on a
regular basis. Obviously, it happened at Tennessee. This opponent (Alabama) came in and
stole a possession on an onside kick, ran a fake and ran a great play off to the
backside for a touchdown. They made some plays that they don't normally make
because they felt they had to rise up and play against us and play their best.
They did in all three phases -- offense, defense and special teams -- and our
football team would not succumb. I like where we are going. We have two games
left and each week is marked by how we play. I certainly think that last week
was marked by a really good effort, a team effort, against a quality Alabama team."
On the improvement of the running
"The offensive line is getting
better. There is an anticipation of the ability to be physical and rush the
football. We are growing in that area. It is a constant feel, a constant effort.
I think our backs are aging and getting more comfortable in their roles. We are
more ready now to rush the football."
On the play of quarterback JaMarcus Russell …
"You are looking at a guy who will
have a very successful career later in football. Watch him play. He is getting
better. He has his team in mind. He's throwing balls away. He's running with
ball security. He's improving in his ability to make throws."
On staying focused on Ole Miss …
"This game puts in position to do
something that we want to do. We want to play ourselves into contention. The
contender is the next Saturday. We want to be in contention, and beating Ole
Miss is a necessity. It is key. It is a must game."