Miles talks after three days of Fall Camp 07

Les Miles met with the media after Monday night's practice. Here are the highlights from his chat with the press...

OPENING STATEMENT:

"Really a lot accomplished. I think the young offensive line is getting better. It's nice to see this freshmen class. I think there's a number of guys who have ball skills that can help us in team. A lot of talent there. Really liked this afternoon's practice. Went inside to protect the field from being worn out too early.

"The a.m. practice, offense, defense, special teams improving. Really mean it. It's fun to see. One more day in shells and then Wednesday will be in full pads. So that's kind of the look.

 

COMPARE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME TO THIS YEAR AT THIS TIME?

"There's really no way to predict progress. I can tell you we're a talented team. I like our quarterback. I like our running backs. I like what we're doing. It looks good to me.

 

ON THE FRESHMEN CLASS:

"Terrance Toliver is another guy who's going to be a good player. Chad Jones looks good at a lot of things, at a lot of things he does. Stefoin Francois. The offensive line, the freshmen class, that young offensive line Ernest McCoy, Jarvis Jones, Josh Dworaczyk, really a number of guys. T. Bob Hebert. I mean there are really some quality offensive line guys in that class.

"Jared Mitchell will practice again I think tomorrow. Chris Mitchell is having a good start to camp. The young guys, I look forward to seeing Toliver. Demetrius Byrd is just now kind of getting into the groove. (Two Mitchells missing practice?) Nothing serious.

 

ON CHAD JONES:

"He can't hit a curveball. You may have heard that before with Jared Mitchell. It worked. Might use it again. But he was at 225 in the summer, and now he's in the teens. He's in as good a shape he's been in now. He's much leaner, very fast, ball skills, great instinct to the ball."

 

FRESHMEN IN GENERAL:

"This is really a talented group of young guys. You don't really know about a class until three years down the road. But can they do the job athletically? Yeah. Can they learn and do so in a competitive, aggressive manner? You don't know for years.

 

ON OT MARK SNYDER'S INJURY IN A.M. PRACTICE:

"Mark Snyder got banged up. I don't know exactly to what extent, but it appears to be a pretty significant injury."

(Miles confirmed it was the knee by knodding his head, yes).

(Snyder had a torn ACL in high school at the end of his junior season but not sure if that was at Brother Martin or West Monroe High.)

"I hope it's not as bad as that, but it is a significant injury."


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