Miles ready for Saturday

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media under not-so-typical circumstances Thursday afternoon.

The storm that ripped through Baton Rouge Thursday morning left the Tigers' indoor facility minus a good portion of the roof, keeping the team outdoors despite the overcast skies.

"The weather made the indoor practice facility not usable," Miles said. "There is metal torn, still attached and laying in an akward position. Once they get those pieces off [the roof] and clean the debris and lay the tin again, we will be back.

"We are optimistic in the feel that it will be ready by midweek next week. But, we really needed it tonight because of the rain."

That rain forced the Tigers to cut the afternoon's workouts early.

"We had to call it, but we got a good half-practice in," Miles said. "I felt like the practice was underway and we were in good shape. We got the individual workouts and some of the early team periods in, but we lost the seven on seven and team drills."

The short outing left Miles eager for more from Saturday's scrimmage, the Tigers second of the spring.

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"Today set things up nice for us to go in Tiger Stadium," Miles said. "We are told the weather will cooperate, so as long as it does not lightning we will be out there.

"And, that's what we really need," added Miles. "A good long go. If we can use next week outside, come back after the break at the end of spring with the facility usable  and get some practices in before the spring game, that will be perfect."

Miles said that the scrimmage will see an increase in reps from the team's first scrimmage, which saw each quarterback take 12 snaps.

"We should go 40 per team [Saturday]," he said. "All four [quarterbacks] will play, but I don't know if [the snaps] will be equal. One of them will also get a look at some other positions."

That quarterback, incoming freshman Russell Shepard, has made strides thus far this spring according to the headman.

"His development is really good," Miles said. "He is coming along really well. He can catch also, and he still makes people miss. It is interesting, because he has to be an advantage for us. Right now, we are trying to find out if he is an advantage at receiver or not."

Another incoming freshman coming along nicely according to Miles is Tucker High's Drayton Calhoun, who has been dressed in a non-contact green jersey this past week after suffering a minor injury during week two of the spring.

"He will be out of the jersey by the time Saturday rolls around," Miles said. "We are fortunate he is here, because he is progressing. He is weighing in at 205, and he came in around 195.

"He has spring ball in his favor, because he is getting an idea of what it all looks like. We started him at corner to see his skills, but he has come back to the offensive side and he looks good."

Calhoun will be joined in the backfield on Saturday by both familiar names and new faces.

"[Charles] Scott, [Keiland] Williams and [Richard] Murphy will be back there," Miles said. "[James] Stampley, one of our walk ons, will be at fullback."

The Tigers lost starting fullback Stevan Ridley and backup Richard Dugas to injury earlier this spring.

Another injured Bayou Bengal, however, is making big strides towards losing his green jersey.

"T-Bob Hebert is progressing really well, and he will compete for a starting spot," Miles said. "He is tough, and he is playing hard for a guy in green who we are not letting get into live scrimmage.

"I am very optimistic that after spring break he might get into contact the last week of practice. Right now he is not getting live work, but that's it."

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