Miles Briefs Media After Shutout of Blue Raiders

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Miles Briefs Media After Shutout of Blue Raiders

BATON ROUGE — LSU coach Les Miles met with members of the media here Sunday, a day after his team pitched a shutout for the second time this year in the 44-0 win over Middle Tennessee.

The following is a transcript of Miles’ comments to the media after watching the game film of LSU’s win over the Blue Raiders:

Opening Statement
“I had the same impressions today that I had after the game. I like the way our team played without two guys on the offensive side that account for a lot of production. With (Ryan) Perrilloux’s entry into the game, seeing young guys that need to come on at wide receiver, guys stepped up and made plays like we’d expect. In the three games that we have played, one of the advantages that we have had is that we have gotten a lot of snaps from young guys. If you look at the way we played and substituted very liberally early on, it gives us the opportunity to turn to a guy like Demetrius Byrd or Terrance Toliver and Jared Mitchell and tell them it’s time for them to step in and play. I think they did. It was a good outing from that point.”

“The defense is playing with so much confidence. That offense (Middle Tennessee) is a pretty talented offense. There is a lot of speed on that field. They pitched a little speed option. We are getting a number of defensive linemen in the game, and a number of linebackers are playing a lot of football. In the secondary, we substitute as well. Chad Jones getting on the field through the first game really gives us the point that these young guys have got to come through with us. Giving them those snaps, gives them a feel for competition in this conference. We are not done. There are things we need to work on. We’re not what everybody wants to make us out to be. If we continue to improve and get better, certainly we will be prepared for South Carolina.”

On OG Will Arnold
Will Arnold did not play yesterday and has some sort of viral infection. It has really affected his knees. We hope like heck that we can get him back this week, but I am not certain that is possible. Obviously, if your body has a temperature it affects you in a number of places. It’s not an injury. It’s not a specific issue. It’s more of a sickness.”

On possibly losing WR Early Doucet for an extended period due to injury …
“It appears to be a pretty significant injury. It was late in practice and something that we do on a regular basis. It was the last thing that we do (at Friday’s walk-through). He just made a quick movement.”

On looking at South Carolina’s film …
“They are talented, quality SEC team. They can run it and throw it. They have a good, physical defense. They played Georgia really well.”

On QB Ryan Perrilloux‘s performance against Middle Tennessee …
“He didn’t manage a couple of situations just right. He made some mistakes and did some things we would like to have back, but all in all I thought he played pretty well. He handled the spotlight very comfortably. He didn’t come out with just great success in the first couple of plays, yet he hung in there and made a couple of plays with his feet for first downs. He got on track with the throwing game, and then again made some mistakes. He made some adjustments. He handled the game well. He understood where he was at and how to make it better. He took coaching and made adjustments during the series. I like it. I like that about him.”

On QB Matt Flynn not playing against Middle Tennessee …
“The defense was playing so well. I just wanted to give him some rest. I think he could have played.”

On Backup QB Andrew Hatch‘s play …
“(Andrew) Hatch has a little mobility. He is a very smart guy. He can throw the ball well. He comes in and does some of the things he does best. We felt he needed some reps. He was taking some deep breaths when he went into the game. Don’t think for a minute that it is just another day when it was their first run running onto the field. He did a good job.”

On the defensive line …
“We are doing the same stuff. Everything is specific to our opponent. There are some standardized alignments and some assignments. Bo (Pelini) does a great job in detailing. When you get Al Woods, this is the third game that he has been on the field making plays. He’s a lot more comfortable in that role. You see those guys getting comfortable on the field and making plays. That adds to our defense. It’s a way where you develop your team during the season and add what are better talents to your team. It’s awfully important.”