Miles, Tigers Ready To Open Spring Drills

LSU coach Les Miles met with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Tigers asx they get ready to open spring training Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The defending national champions will open drills Friday afternoon with a 4 p.m. workout. It will be the first of 15 practices this spring, which will be split by spring break March 15-23. The spring session will conclude with the spring game to be played in Tiger Stadium on April 5.

Mile said the team's attitude is great and they look to be in great shape.

"They understand the achievement (of last season)," Miles said. "They understand what they have been through. However, they are not the same team.

"I told them (the team) to redefine yourself," Miles added. "And build on the success we've had. You talk about doing it (winning a championship). You say to just do it. We did it. Now, let's do it again."

LSU will introduce a new defensive coordinator or coordinators this spring. Defensive assistants Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto were promoted to co-defensive coordinators replacing Bo Pelini.

"Doug will call the plays from the press box and Bradley Dale will be on the sideline," Miles said.

Miles, who joked about Kid Rock playing a concert the night before the spring game, bristled sharply when asked about embattled quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. Miles had said Perrilloux was suspended indefinitely and tried to leave it at that. But a question about the status of the junior signal caller drew the ire of the fourth-year head coach.

"Ryan is suspended indefinitely," Miles said. "That's it. Right now, his responsibility is to do the right things to get back on the team. He needs to get to class. I am focused on the players that are on this team."

Miles said he when Perrilloux returns to the team isn't on the radar.

"There is no timetable right now," Miles said.

Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch will split the number of first team snaps evenly this spring. T.C. McCartney is the third team quarterback.

On the injury front, defensive tackle Charles Alexander (knee) will not start spring drills. However, Miles said he could take part at some time. Offensive tackle Mark Snyder (knees) will not participate and isn't expected to be a part of next season's team.

"Snyder had some serious injuries to both knees," Miles said. "He will take a medical redshirt, meaning he isn't in the numbers (roster)."

Miles said only two players in this season's incoming class has joined the team at mid-semester. Fullback Kellen Theriot will participate in spring drills. However, he will move to linebacker. Walk-on kicker Drew Alleman from Carencro is also on campus.

Miles was asked about the status of wide receiver DeAngelo Benton, who attended Hargrave Military Academy last season.

"He'll be here in June," Miles said. "And he'll be ready to play then."

Miles also commented on players taking part in two sports. Both Chad Jones and Jared Mitchell will take part in both baseball and football this spring. However, he did say Trindon Holliday and Ricky Jean-Francois likely won't see much of the field in the spring as they participate in track and field.

Miles added Jones will have the opportunity to play a number of positions this fall, including safety, nickel and dime back as well as return punts. He even mentioned Jones could play receiver.

"There's always a chance," Miles said slyly.


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