Miles Turns Attention to No. 12 South Carolina

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Miles Turns Attention to No. 12 South Carolina

BATON ROUGE — After improving to 3-0 in 2007, LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media on Monday afternoon from the LSU Athletics Administration Building. Members of the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net can watch the on-demand video now.

COMMENTS FROM LSU COACH LES MILES AT HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE

Opening statement…
“Good afternoon. It is nice to see you all. If you look back on college football and see the games that are being playing, it appears that our football team is taking notice. You have to play with intensity and with a sharp focus. You must handle the game plan and be prepared to play. Otherwise you will be in trouble. I enjoyed the way our team played Saturday night. I can tell you that every time we walk to the stadium and down that hill, there is a strong reason why our team plays with passion and that is our crowd. Every man enjoys playing in that stadium. When you play offense without your starting quarterback or your leading receiver, it is important that leadership is stepped up and some young guys take the field that look to make plays. I really feel like some of the young receivers did that. Ryan Perrilloux managed the game well enough and made some plays. He certainly has some things to learn but I thought it was a positive outing for him. Demetrius Byrd, Jared Mitchell Terrance Toliver, those young receivers, in the development of this team, are keys to this team as we go forward.”

On how the defense played against Middle Tennessee…
“Our defense is playing dominant…dominant football. They understand the calls. We are in year three now and they are very comfortable with the defensive calls and how to adjust to formation. This is a very talented defense. I enjoy the way they play and I don’t know if I have been around a defense that only gave up 90 yards. That is a strong defensive outing.”

On the MVPs from the Middle Tennessee game…
“Our MVP on offense was Brett Helms. Brett is having a strong season. I think every opponent that plays us and studies our film, understands that he has improved. He can be a dominant force in the middle. He is a bright guy and understands our calls. We are enjoying his leadership.”

“On the defensive side, we have a young guy who played a lot of ball as a true freshman. Now in his sophomore year, he is playing in a number of spots for us. He is playing at the nickel and dime spot but also at safety ? Danny McCray. Danny had 4 tackles, 2 sacks and fumble recovery. He is playing some significant football for us. We are enjoying his improvement.”

“On special teams, you take it for granted when we lineup for field goals and just kick them right through. Extra points are perfect. We had a new holder in the game with Perrilloux and it didn’t affect our kicker (Colt David.) He was our MVP.”

On the SEC East teams…
“I haven’t seen a lot of them. We play Florida every year and Tennessee occasionally. This will be the first time I get a close view at South Carolina. They played a very talented Georgia team on the road. They made little mistakes, played strong defense and scored enough to win. They certainly got my attention with their improvement. Coach (Steve) Spurrier has done a tremendous job with that program and is a very talented coach. We look forward to that competition.”

On South Carolina’s offense…
 “They are known for their throwing game, but the reality is they are running the football as productively and efficiently as they have ever run it. They have two very talented running backs. Corey Boyd rushed for over 800 yards a year ago. They have two running backs that they can put in the game and get yards with. They have a go-to-receiver in Kenny McKinley. He is a very talented guy. He is a guy that can make plays. Their quarterback, Blake Mitchell, is one of the career leaders in passing yards at South Carolina. He is a big, strong and capable quarterback. Their offensive line is coming and making improvement on a weekly basis. Their offense is very dangerous and we have to make sure we are ready to play.”

On South Carolina’s defense…
“When I watched their film from last year and then this year, they look like a better defense. They have around ten guys that lettered. Even though they lost their front four, the guys they play in there now all have talent and ability. Their middle linebacker No. 52 (Jasper Brinkley) is a big-strong-capable linebacker. They have a nice defensive scheme. They will play a variety of stunts and packages. They will be a great challenge to our offense.”

On facing South Carolina…
“I think South Carolina will be a great test for our football team. Our football team looks forward to it. Anytime you return to conference play and are at home, it is going to be a big game. Our guys will point at it and prepare well. We are still in a position where we must improve. Our football team must have a standard improvement on a weekly basis. It must happen on offense, defense and special teams, and individually. As long as we understand that and come to work everyday, we will do well and look forward to Saturday.”

On how Ryan Perrilloux is progressing…
“It is always a working progress. Anytime you are 18-21 years old, that progress takes place weekly and monthly. He is doing the job that we ask him to do and he is a part of our football team. He is doing things on the field that will lead him to be a good quarterback.”

On the status of Matt Flynn
“He is improving. We could have used him last Saturday if needed, and certainly we could use him this Saturday.”

On playing an afternoon game in Tiger Stadium…
“To me, it has always been exciting to play in our stadium no mater what time kickoff is at. I don’t think it makes a difference to our football team.”

On having a lot of depth on defense…
“They are a talented group. Their understanding and improvement takes place on a weekly basis. There are some young guys stepping in and getting quality minutes that allows defensive linemen or linebackers a chance to rest and get their legs back.”

On if he thinks college football should have the same injury policy as the NFL…
“It is one thing when everybody is on the same playing field and it is equal access. I would comply with anything that was mandated. I think that NFL coaches are only revealing injuries because of the spread. They don’t want someone to have an unfair advantage in that area. To me, that has no place in college football. To me, and I have always thought this way, it is about ?how do I best protect my team and best represent my players?’ Don’t get me wrong, I know the answers (concerning injuries.) I know exactly what is wrong. I chose not to reveal it. I am honest when I say I am deceptive, because I am supposed to be. It is done with forethought. Not to be entertaining but to be thoughtful to what the team represents. There have been a number of incidents, where that piece of information that gets out is a tremendous advantage to the opposing team.”

On Early Doucet‘s status…
“When he does get back on to the field, there won’t be anything to stop him from doing his job. I think it is a pretty significant injury and I hope to have him back as soon as I can get him. Right now we are a ways away.”

On having so many young guys playing well…
“It is a tremendous advantage to us having played the number of young guys that we have and that they have played well. When you put a second-team guy in the game and he doesn’t play at the same level, than suddenly you are punting the ball where you shouldn’t be or they are moving the ball where they shouldn’t be and it becomes a problem. There becomes a real issue in making sure the game is in hand. Our football team is talented and we are allowing some young guys to really develop and gain experience. That is important as we go forward. For any Saturday, when you are playing a quality opponent, you better make sure that the guys that are on field can play and have experience. Over the last three weeks we have gotten a lot of guys playing time.”

On comparing South Carolina’s defense to other teams they have played… 
“It is a much different defensive structure then Virginia Tech’s defense. Virginia Tech’s athletes are very similar. They have a quality defensive front. I think there our some similarities in their defense, in concept, to Mississippi State’s defense.”

On the young receivers getting playing time…
 “The good news is that we prepare this team to always be ready. With the reps that we have taken as we went through fall camp and our first three weeks of practice, our second-team gets an equal number of reps. For example, Jared Mitchell has been around and understands the game along with Demetrius Byrd, Terrance Toliver and Chris Mitchell. Any of the guys that go in the game should understand what we expect of them. The experience they have had on the field should allow us to see their talent. I enjoyed Jared Mitchell‘s nice little run down the sideline.”

On QB Ryan Perrilloux‘s first start…
“Anytime that you can get your second-team quarterback a serious number of reps it helps in preparation for the rest of the season. That is exactly what we needed to do. Hopefully, he will throw the ball away down the field and not behind the line of scrimmage, or won’t take sacks when he doesn’t need to and takes care of the ball. I think his improvement and the experience he is getting will benefit him and this football team as we move forward.”

On if this is the best defense he has been around…
“The start of this season is as good of a defensive start that I have been around. When you are talking about great defenses, it will always be the defense that as we go forward when they line up against a quality opponent, they press a memory of how our defense is. At this point, I like where we are at. I like how they practice and prepare. I like how our staff prepares. There is no reason to think those characteristics will change and will continue to be one of the best defenses I have been around.”