Before Alabama comes Tulane. That has been the message around the LSU facilities after the Tigers’ 31-10 win over Auburn last weekend.
Thanks to some familiar names lining up on the opposite side of the ball for the Green Wave, the Tigers have put extra attention on the task at hand.
“Any time you play an in-state school, guys know each other and went to school together or across town,” Miles said. “There is a great respect.
“I liked the enthusiasm [at practice]. Guys look forward to playing well against them; that has benefited us in our preparation.”
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who was limited in practice earlier this week, was back at full speed on Wednesday.
“There were questions about Jordan, but he practiced the whole time,” Miles said. “It was a respiratory ailment … there is not going to be issues with his preparation.”
Miles also commented on the play of freshman Dominique Allen, who saw his first action of the season at fullback against Auburn.
“It kind of looked liked I expected it would; I felt it was a first showing for a freshman,” he said. “[Moving forward] I think he and [James] Stampley will play.”
This Saturday, the Tigers will face a Tulane team that is led by running back Andre Anderson. So far this season, Anderson has rushed for 646 yards and six touchdowns.
“He has the potential to make some big plays,” Miles said. “I think he is a talented running back, he can catch it and run it well. He’s got good size and some speed as well. He’s a very capable back.”
With two days of work left before the out-of-conference bout, the Tiger headman is confident with where his team stands.
“Today in practice we threw the ball well and ran the ball better,” Miles said. “Some of the things we did in last week’s game are still there. We’re still very confident.”