Miles talks Virginia Tech

Les Miles met with the media on Monday for his weekly press luncheon. Miles fielded questions about LSU's 45-0 rout of Miss. State, the upcoming battle with Virginia Tech as well as the tragedy in Blacksburg. He also talkd briefly about Michigan's shocking loss to Appalachian State last Saturday. Check back to TigerRag.com later today for video of Miles and player interviews.

Overview:

If you review the stats, the most important stat of note is the turnover margin. We were defensively dominant, and on offense we had no turnovers. When we look back, if we continue the character of this team, we will have a very successful campaign.

 

On offense we did some good things at times. We need to correct some things, penalties, miscues by some players, that's the business at hand. Matt Flynn had a nice game, he managed the game well, he had some nice throwaways. On defense – wow. It's the most dominating defensive performance I've ever been around. On special teams Pat Fisher had the best punting day I've ever been around.

 

When the LSU faithful show up at away stadiums it's really appreciated by the team. We notice it, and it's fun for the players and coaches to look up and see the purple and gold.

 

We're glad to be home playing in Tiger Stadium, and we're glad to see Mike the tiger. I haven't seen him yet but my kids have and told me all about him. Everyone says he will get to be 700 pounds – I think I'll get to be 700 pounds the way I'm going.

 

 

On the tragedy at Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech has dealt with some difficult issues of late. We're very sympathetic from a distance. They've done the things they've needed and they're getting back to normal quickly.

 

 

On Virginia Tech's offense:

We ran a similar offense to theirs, but not nearly as well run or orchestrated, for years. It's a point of reference for any coach.

 

We look forward to playing this Virginia Tech team. They beat East Carolina, a team that's talented. We looked at the film and East Carolina had a number of very good players, and Virginia Tech controlled the game from the outset.

 

Sean Glennon threw for 245 yards, he's a strong-arm guy, he makes good decisions. Their running back is a very patient back, he makes good decisions, but their best player is probably their tight end, number 83, Wheeler.

 

 

On Virginia Tech's defense

They play four downs, they put hybrid players in. They're very comfortable with their safeties down in the box stopping the run. Brandon Flowers is one of the marquee corners in college football.

 

 

On Virginia Tech's special teams

On teams they have a national reputation for putting out great special teams. I understand that may well be one of the key pieces to the game plan. If we have a great week of preparing, put out an improved team on Saturday night – and it makes me smile to say that – we'll have a great outing and have a great chance.

 

 

On potentially holding back against Mississippi State:

Don't expect us to unveil the new Wantango offense, or double superior or triple superior defense.

 

 

On lessons learned from Appalachian State v. Michigan:

If you're not ready to play your opponent it suddenly becomes very even. If you don't have that wild eye and intensity, it's very even. All we need to do is see Virginia Tech on film and we'll be ready.

 

 

On LSU's special teams:

When I got here we were middle of the pack on special teams, if not lower than middle of the pack. We want to be one of the best in the country. Virginia Tech is one of the teams you want to model yourself after, and we look forward to matching our guys up with them.


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