LSU's third-year head coach was still smarting from having a tooth pulled this morning as he answered questions from reporters. Miles' right cheek was visibly swollen during his 3 p.m. press conference inside the Indoor Practice Facility at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
There were several prominent topics to address in Miles' first meeting with the media, most prominently the status of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. Perrilloux is expected to report to the team tonight as his suspension will be officially lifted as of 8 p.m. tonight.
As for speaking to the team, Miles bristled mildly simply saying "he will not address my team." Miles went on to say Perrilloux did everything he needed to do to regain his status on the roster. He will enter fall camp third on the depth chart behind Matt Flynn and Jarrett Lee.
Miles then addressed the issue of offensive linemen Steve Singleton and Steve Korte's decisions to leave the team. Korte is rumored to be headed to Southern Miss while Miles' did not speculate as to where Singleton may end up. He did, however, say there are one or two available scholarships to award a walk-on.
With word getting out Wednesday of
wide receiver Demetrius Byrd having his grades in order, LSU will receive all
but one freshman from the incoming class. Wide receiver DeAngelo Benton, as
previously reported, is heading to
Miles also added that all players have passed the NCAA Clearinghouse and everyone should be ready for practice tomorrow.
Miles was asked about LSU's positioning in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released this morning. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 behind USC and received four, first place votes.
"There was no reaction," Miles quipped.
Miles is a on the 64-member panel of coaches that vote on the poll. Obviously, he was asked was one of those four first place votes his own.
"No," Miles said. "I didn't vote our team No. 1. I can't vote our team No. 1 considering we haven't even won a game."
The Tigers are set to open fall camp in the morning at 9:20 a.m. with the varsity practice. The freshmen and selected varsity players are slated to take the field tomorrow afternoon at 4:30.
"I really look forward to practice and improving in several areas," Miles said. "Especially the offensive line and some spots on special teams."
The team underwent physicals this afternoon and will congregate for the first team meeting of fall camp tonight at 8 p.m.