Dark skies and heavy rain fell on Baton Rouge on Wednesday, but that did not hinder what needed to be done with the Tiger football team. Inside the practice facility, the 3-0 LSU squad worked towards staying perfect – which begins with their date with Mississippi State at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday in Starkville.
“We finished strong,” Miles said. “This was the last work day, and I felt like the team got around good; they looked improved.”
Thanks to the injury bug, the unit was short of a few bodies – and it may well stay that way through the weekend.
“It is hard for me to tell you that [Pep Levingston] will play in this one, and [Josh] Downs is doubtful,” Miles said. “[Akiem Hicks] did not practice today, either.”
What that means to an already depleted line is that redshirt freshman Chancey Aghayere will start opposite Alem and true freshman Mike Brockers, after being recruited at defensive end, could try his hand at tackle.
“Chancey is developing very nicely,” Miles said. “And I think there is a push to look at Brockers. We have tried him at tackle this week. He comes off the football hard, and he is a great big body and has the long arms.”
Miles noted that playing Brockers at the No. 4 tackle position is more likely than the moving Levingston or Lavar Edwards to the spot.
“He would be more of a natural inside guy,” he said.
On the other side of the football, Miles said that one of the main focuses remained getting established with the running game – though the bottom line is always to get the victory.
“I look at our rushing numbers and then the kind of years we have had here, and I think we are striving for better,” he said. “We want to get Charles [Scott] and Keiland [Williams] up and running.
“But, that is a want that is secondary to winning the game. We will use the skill and talents that we have as best as our opponent dictates; take what they give us. We are comfortable throwing the ball with [Brandon] LaFell and [Terrance] Toliver.”
Scott will remain between fullback and tailback, a transition he will need to grow comfortable with given the lack of depth at fullback.
Freshman Dominique Allen, who showed up to campus last summer weighing over 270-pounds, still has work to do before he can get into the mix at the position – which already includes a pair of walk on players: James Stampley and Richard Dugas.
“[Allen] gets some reps in practice, and he is really developing, but I don’t know that we are ready to put him in a game yet,” Miles said.
Proof that the plan of attack is already in place, the LSU headman said that the last few days of practice were drawn up from the team’s typical routine.
“The schedule this week was very much the same,” Miles said. “It is the same stuff, we just have to get better at it.”