WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:11:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU building on recent gains during open week http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-building-on-recent-gains-during-open-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-building-on-recent-gains-during-open-week/ LSU Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 2:32:51 PM Bryan Lazare LSU building on recent gains during open week

BATON ROUGE - A season that recently looked on the brink of spiraling out of control is again full of promise for LSU.

Senior running back Kenny Hilliard says he never thought the season was in trouble because LSU doesn't have the type of players who give up. He says LSU expects a fifth-straight 10-win season.

Ever since a players-only meeting following a lopsided loss at Auburn, LSU (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 19 CFP ) has won three straight in Southeastern Conference play, climbing from unranked to 16th in the Top 25.

Now the Tigers, who've seen major improvement in their running game and on defense, are using their first open week of the season to get healthier and build on recent gains before hosting No. 3 Alabama on Nov. 8.

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LSU's Alleva to fans: I get it, but stay in your seats http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alleva-to-fans-i-get-it-but-stay-in-your-seats/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alleva-to-fans-i-get-it-but-stay-in-your-seats/ LSU Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 2:22:07 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU's Alleva to fans: I get it, but stay in your seats

BATON ROUGE- LSU is asking fans not to storm the field should the Tigers defeat Alabama in the next home game.

LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said Tuesday, fans should celebrate in their seats and not on the field. Following Saturday's defeat of Ole Miss, fans stormed the field.

"I encourage everyone to celebrate great LSU victories within the seating areas of the stadium, and not on the field," he said. "LSU represents the achievement of victory with dignity, and we do not want to sacrifice safety or sportsmanship. We would never endorse the 'storming of the field' by our fans - it is a violation of the protocol established by the Southeastern Conference, and serious injuries have occurred at the venues of our member institutions."

Sunday and Monday after fans stormed the field, the grounds crew had to repair numerous holes in the grass. In some areas, people dug up chunks of grass. LSU was fined $5,000 for the situation and a second-offense could cost $25,000.

Alleva said the atmosphere in Tiger Stadium is ripe for a football party, people just need to be responsible.

"Regarding the game, Tiger Stadium was as electric and passionate as it's ever been, and on behalf of Coach Miles, our players, and the entire football staff, I want to thank our fans for their incredible support. Our stadium is a game-changer, and we sincerely appreciate the way our fans can impact the outcome with their energy."

The Tigers defeated Ole Miss 10-7. ESPN said Tuesday, the match-up was the most watched of the 2014 season. More than 4.9 million people watched Ole Miss fall to the Tigers.

Alleva also expressed condolences to the family of a man who died of a heart attack in the stadium at the end of the game.

"It's my understanding he was an extremely dedicated Tiger fan, and his presence in our stadium will certainly be missed," Alleva said.  Brian Tingley, 59, suffered a heart attack in the lower bowl of the south end zone late in the fourth quarter.

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Field damaged during Saturday's rush http://www.wbrz.com/news/field-damaged-during-saturday-s-rush/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/field-damaged-during-saturday-s-rush/ LSU Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 7:48:37 PM Brittany Weiss Field damaged during Saturday's rush

BATON ROUGE - The Grounds crew at Tiger Stadium had to patch holes in the field Monday following the fan celebration that took place on it Saturday night.

Dozens of holes were filled with plugs the size of dinner plates after fans dug up part of the field.

"Some kids were just digging with their feet, others were trying to use keys to cut it up and scoop it up," said Assistant Sports Turf Manager Hunter Sexton. "Some just ripping, ripping the grass blades off and putting it in their pockets."

One hole near the north end zone was two inches deep in the shape of a square. Sexton says it was likely curved out with a pocket knife. He said he saw fans walk away with chunks of grass in their hands.

"Just pulling the grass up to take with them," he said.

The grass in the midfield logo was hit hardest. About five large spots were ripped out of the tiger eye.

Crews had to take nine dirt and grass plugs from the sidelines to fill the holes. The rest of the holes were finger marks from fans pulling up the grass and those holes were filled with sand and over-seed.

Sexton says the grass will take about 10 days to grow back, in time for the Tigers to host the Crimson Tide on Nov. 8.

LSU's 10-7 victory over Ole Miss Saturday was the first time fans rushed the field since 2001, when LSU beat Auburn and landed a spot in the SEC Championship game.

Saturday's rush got LSU fined.

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LSU-Alabama set for primetime kickoff http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-alabama-set-for-primetime-kickoff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-alabama-set-for-primetime-kickoff/ LSU Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:09:27 AM Brock Sues LSU-Alabama set for primetime kickoff

BATON ROUGE - LSU and Alabama will meet in primetime, according to an announcement by the SEC on Monday.

Kickoff time for the game in Tiger Stadium is set for 7 p.m. as the Tigers and the Crimson Tide will play in prime time under the bright lights for the fourth consecutive year. It's the first time LSU has played all of their home games at home at night since 2009.

LSU will come into the game with an overall 7-2 record and 3-2 in SEC play with an off week before they return to action against Alabama next week.

The Saturday, Nov. 8 game will be aired on CBS. Other SEC action on that day includes:

SEC Football Schedule for Nov. 8
*Georgia at Kentucky, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN
*Presbyterian at Ole Miss, 11 a.m. CT, SEC Network
*Texas A&M at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS
*Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. CT, SEC Network
*Florida at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network

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Miles describes coaching through personal sorrow http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-describes-coaching-through-personal-sorrow/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-describes-coaching-through-personal-sorrow/ LSU Sports Sun, 26 Oct 2014 9:46:25 PM Chris Price Miles describes coaching through personal sorrow

BATON ROUGE - Les Miles has faced many difficult opponents, but he fought through adversity of a much different, and much more personal kind on Friday night. 

Miles got the news that his 91 year-old mother Martha passed away Friday, the night before his Tigers were going to square off against #3 Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. 

After LSU's win, Miles told the media that he carefully considered how he would present the news to his players and how he wanted them to approach the game in spite of the news. 

As in so many close games, Miles was able to persevere through a very difficult time. 

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LSU upsets #3 Ole Miss 10-7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-3-ole-miss-10-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-3-ole-miss-10-7/ LSU Sports Sat, 25 Oct 2014 9:59:21 PM Associated Press LSU upsets #3 Ole Miss 10-7

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bo Wallace's pass was intercepted by Ronald Martin in the final seconds, and No. 3 Mississippi lost for the first time this season, 10-7 to 24th-ranked LSU on Saturday night.

Ole Miss was lining up for a potential tying field goal from 42 yards, but was called for delay of game. So the Rebels decided to run a play instead and Wallace threw his first interception in a Southeastern Conference game this season.

Soon after, fans were streaming onto the Tiger Stadium field.

Leonard Fournette ran for 113 yards, and LSU (7-2, 3-2) finished with 264 yards rushing against defense that came in allowing 97.1 per game. Anthony Jennings' short touchdown pass to tight end Logan Stokes gave LSU the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Mississippi (7-1, 4-1) led most of the way, but mainly because LSU turned the ball over four times and missed a short field goal.

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Beckham's star on the rise http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beckham-s-star-on-the-rise/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:56:39 AM AP Beckham's star on the rise

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants' No. 1 playmaker in a span of roughly three weeks.

Add in the injury fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz and Beckham might be the most important person on the Giants' offense, with the exception of quarterback Eli Manning. The LSU product is clearly a rising star, with potential given some more playing time.

Don't forget, Beckham missed almost all of training camp, five preseason games and four regular-season games before getting on the field.

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LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-white-earns-weekly-honor-from-lswa/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:28 AM AP LSU's White earns weekly honor from LSWA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and LSU all scored important conference victories on Saturday and players from those schools won this week's state player of the week honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams had a big game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to earn Offensive Player of the Week, while Tech's Terrell Pinson stood out earning not only state Defensive honors, but an ESPN helmet sticker as well after a win over UTSA. The special teams honor went to Tre'Davious White who had a punt return for a score in the LSU win over Kentucky.

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LSU sprinter accused of rape http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sprinter-accused-of-rape/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sprinter-accused-of-rape/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 8:51:36 AM LSU sprinter accused of rape

BATON ROUGE - An All-American sprinter on LSU's track team has been arrested after a woman told investigators he allegedly raped her at an off-campus party.

20-year-old Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake was booked early Monday morning with forcible rape.

Deputies say the 18-year-old woman told investigators that Mitchell-Blake allegedly raped her early Sunday at his apartment complex. Investigators say Mitchell-Blake told deputies the sex was consensual.

An LSU spokesman said the school was aware of the off-campus incident. He said LSU has zero tolerance for any criminal activity.

It was unclear whether Mitchell-Blake has an attorney.

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Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-sees-improvement-with-top-3-ole-miss-looming/ LSU Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:51:05 PM AP Miles sees improvement with top 3 Ole Miss looming

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles says the Tigers are demonstrating improvement in all phases and enjoying a recent resurgence that has lifted them back into the Top 25 as a visit from third-ranked Mississippi approaches.

Miles says the Tigers' offensive line is blocking better in the running and passing game, while the defense is better prepared than it has been all season to deal with a quarterback as talented as the Rebels' Bo Wallace.

Miles also is pleased with recent big plays in the kick- and punt-return game that helped LSU roll to a 41-3 victory over Kentucky.

LSU has won two-straight SEC games and rushed for 303 yards against the Wildcats last Saturday, but Ole Miss has one of the top-rated defenses in the nation.

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College Gameday coming to Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-gameday-coming-to-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/college-gameday-coming-to-baton-rouge/ LSU Sports Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:08:17 AM Greg Renoud College Gameday coming to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - ESPN announced Sunday that they will broadcast their popular college football pregame show from Baton Rouge next Saturday when LSU takes on Ole Miss.

The news came Sunday morning after the Tigers dismantled the Kentucky Wildcats 41-3.

ESPN's College Gameday airs on ESPN from 8 to 11 a.m. central time Saturday morning and will set up on the parade grounds near the LSU Student Union and Memorial Tower. The show is hosted by Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lee Corso.

LSU and Ole Miss will square off at 6:15 on ESPN.

It is the 10th time the show will be broadcast from LSU. Currently the tigers are on a 3 game losing streak and 5-4 overall when College Gameday is in Baton Rouge. Between home, away, and neutral site games, the Tigers are 14-7 overall when the tigers play at a Gameday site.

This will be Gameday's first trip to Baton Rouge since LSU lost to Alabama on a touchdown in the final minute of the game in 2012. The Tigers got some attention recently on Gameday when Katy Perry held up a corn dog to taunt LSU fans while making her pick on who would win.

LSU is currently ranked No. 23 and No. 24 in the coaches poll and Associated Press poll respectively. Ole Miss is No. 3 in both polls.

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Magee leads LSU past Kentucky, 41-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/magee-leads-lsu-past-kentucky-41-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/magee-leads-lsu-past-kentucky-41-3/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Oct 2014 9:03:15 PM Associated Press Magee leads LSU past Kentucky, 41-3

BATON ROUGE - Terrence Magee amassed 220 all-purpose yards and rushed for two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White scored on a 67-yard punt return and LSU routed Kentucky 41-3 on Saturday night.

Travin Dural caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Jennings and Leonard Fournette added a short scoring run for the Tigers (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), who raced to a 27-3 halftime lead en route to becoming bowl eligible for a school-record 15th straight year.

The Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) came to LSU in the thick of the SEC East race, only to be handed their fourth lopsided loss in as many trips to Death Valley since 2000.

Kentucky also saw freshman running back Stanley "Boom" Williams, their all-purpose yards leader, knocked from the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit during a kickoff return.

Patrick Towles completed 19 of 36 passes for 146 yards and Austin MacGinnis kicked a 33-yard field goal for Kentucky.

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SEC scoreboard: Bama routs A&M, Ole Miss sets up showdown with LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-scoreboard-bama-routs-aandm-ole-miss-sets-up-showdown-with-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-scoreboard-bama-routs-aandm-ole-miss-sets-up-showdown-with-lsu/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:39:10 PM Chris Price SEC scoreboard: Bama routs A&M, Ole Miss sets up showdown with LSU

BATON ROUGE - The top-billed game in the SEC this weekend turned out to be a dud, as Alabama beat up on Texas A&M 59-0, just one of many lopsided games in the league on Saturday. 

While the Tide rolled, Ole Miss ran its perfect record to 7-0 as the Rebel Bear beat Tennessee 34-3. 

The result means that LSU will host the Rebels with their highest ranking (#3) since 1963, when the Rebels came to Baton Rouge and beat LSU 37-3. In fact, the Rebels have only been ranked in this game 4 times since 1963. 

Around the SEC East, South Carolina picked up a win over Furman 41-10, Georgia got off to a big lead against Arkansas and then held off a late rally to win 45-32.

Florida turned the ball over 6 times in a loss to Missouri 42-13, as the Tigers won despite just 119 yards of offense. The Gators are now 2-3 in the SEC, while Missouri improved to 2-1 in league play. 


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LSU, Miami to open 2018 season at home of Cowboys http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-miami-to-open-2018-season-at-home-of-cowboys/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-miami-to-open-2018-season-at-home-of-cowboys/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:52:06 PM APNewsNow LSU, Miami to open 2018 season at home of Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TX - LSU and Miami will open the 2018 season at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The 10th contest in the season-opening Cowboys Classic will be the first regular-season meeting between the schools since 1988. The Labor Day weekend date for the game is Sept. 1, 2018.

The Tigers and Hurricanes met most recently in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Bowl, won by LSU 40-3. Miami won at LSU 44-3 in the last regular-season meeting.

LSU is 3-0 at the home of the Cowboys, twice winning the season-opening event and beating Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl to finish the 2010 season.

Miami has yet to play in the 80,000-seat stadium that will be the site of the first championship game in the new College Football Playoff this season.

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Jones expects new arrivals to help LSU into NCAAs http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-expects-new-arrivals-to-help-lsu-into-ncaas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-expects-new-arrivals-to-help-lsu-into-ncaas/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Oct 2014 4:10:33 PM Jones expects new arrivals to help LSU into NCAAs

BATON ROUGE - Johnny Jones says one of the key challenges in his third season as LSU's coach will be trying to win games while learning about a team full of new players in prominent roles.

Jones, who spoke during LSU's media day on Wednesday, is trying to end what has grown to a six-year stint without an NCAA tournament bid for the Tigers.

LSU returns just two players who averaged more than 12 minutes last season - forward Jordan Mickey and swingman Jarell Martin.

The three newcomers projected to play significant minutes are transfer point guard Josh Gray, transfer shooting guard Keith Hornsby and freshman center Elbert Robinson.

Jones says practice has been promising, but he won't really know what kind of team he has until LSU gets into its schedule.

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Alumni to join up with LSU Tiger Marching Band http://www.wbrz.com/news/alumni-to-join-up-with-lsu-tiger-marching-band/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alumni-to-join-up-with-lsu-tiger-marching-band/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Oct 2014 2:58:12 PM Brock Sues Alumni to join up with LSU Tiger Marching Band

BATON ROUGE - More than 700 members of the LSU Tiger Marching Band will take to the field at halftime during next Saturday's football game against Kentucky as alumni and students combine to form a massive Golden Band from Tigerland of past and present.

Along with the current 325 students in the band, Tiger band alumni including musicians, Tigerettes, Golden Girls and Colorguard will take part in the Oct. 18 halftime show that will be the second-largest band performance in the history of Tiger Band Reunion. Now in its 28th year, the reunion is sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association in conjunction with the Tiger Marching Band.

"We have had a record-breaking response from Tiger Band alumni musicians who are attending from 22 states across the nation," said Cliff Vannoy, association president. "We know the fans in Tiger Stadium will enjoy the show as much as the alumni band members will enjoy performing."

The halftime performance is just the centerpiece of a weekend of reunion activities for marching band alumni on LSU's campus. Alumni will attend a casual social at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Friday night and will be treated to breakfast Saturday before a rehearsal at the LSU Indoor Practice Facility. It all wraps up with a pre-game tailgate party scheduled to happen at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

If you're an alumni of the band that would like to participate in the historic reunion, contact Brandi Roberts of the alumni association at (225) 578-3852 or register online at www.lsualumni.org.

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LSU announces 2015 football schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-2015-football-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-2015-football-schedule/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Oct 2014 9:40:15 AM APNewsNow LSU announces 2015 football schedule

BATON ROUGE - Home games against Southeastern Conference rivals Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida highlight the 2015 LSU football schedule.

LSU opens the 2015 season against McNeese State on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium in the first of four non-conference games for the Tigers next year. LSU will travel to face Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 26 followed by a home game against Eastern Michigan on Oct. 3. Western Kentucky rounds out the non-conference portion of the schedule on Oct. 24 in Tiger Stadium.

LSU's game against Syracuse will be just the third meeting between the teams and the first since the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa. LSU and Syracuse also played in the 1965 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans with the Tigers posting a 13-10 win over the Orange. Syracuse will make the return trip to Baton Rouge in 2017.

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LSU releases 2015 football schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-releases-2015-football-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-releases-2015-football-schedule/ LSU Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 8:57:44 PM Michael Cauble LSU releases 2015 football schedule

The SEC released its' conference schedule for the upcoming football season and the loss of an extra open date was noticeable right away.  In 2014 each team has two open dates on their season, next season there will be only one.

As they have in years past, the LSU Tigers have opted to schedule theirs before the ALabama game.

The 2015 schedule sets up with home and away tilts for the first half and then following the bye it resumes with the same format.

2015 LSU Schedule

Sept. 12 - at Mississippi State
Sept. 19 - AUBURN
Sept. 26 - at Syracuse
Oct. 10 - at South Carolina
Oct. 17 - FLORIDA
Oct. 31 - Open date
Nov. 7 - at Alabama
Nov. 14 - ARKANSAS
Nov. 21 - at Ole Miss
Nov. 28 - TEXAS A&M

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Mills pleads not guilty to battery charge http://www.wbrz.com/news/mills-pleads-not-guilty-to-battery-charge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mills-pleads-not-guilty-to-battery-charge/ LSU Sports Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:20:02 AM Russell Jones Mills pleads not guilty to battery charge

BATON ROUGE - Suspended LSU football player Jalen Mills pleaded not guilty during formal arraignment today on battery charges from an incident this summer.

Mills was not at court, and his attorney entered the plea on his behalf.

Mills faces simple battery charges after witnesses said he punched a woman at his apartment complex on May 4, knocking her out. His attorney contests that story, claiming Mills' girlfriend was the one who actually hit the woman.

Head coach Les Miles suspended Mills from the team after the arrest. Mills was reinstated after his charges were reduced from felony battery to a misdemeanor.

A date for a status conference in the case was set for Jan. 27.

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Miles on his Milestone 100th win http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-on-his-milestone-100th-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-on-his-milestone-100th-win/ LSU Sports Mon, 13 Oct 2014 7:43:19 PM AP Miles on his Milestone 100th win

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Les Miles has seen LSU pull out 100 victories in all sorts of ways during his decade with the Tigers.

So while the coach praises the power running and clutch defense his team used to outlast Florida last weekend, he isn't hinting at whether Kentucky should expect something similar this Saturday.

Miles isn't even saying for certain who'll play quarterback. He says he was pleased with Anthony Jennings' steady play against the Gators, but may also give snaps to Brandon Harris against the Wildcats.

Milestones aside, Miles' 10th season at LSU hasn't been his best. With two losses, the Tigers are spending a second straight week outside the Top 25.

But with five games left, LSU players say this season can still be a memorable one.

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