LSU's Miles tries to put a hopeful spin on first-game flop
BATON ROUGE - Les Miles is back in damage-control mode while he tries to fix LSU's offense.
The embattled 12th-year coach can only hope he gets the Tigers' problems straightened out soon. His team plummeted in the national rankings from fifth to 21st, and his support among fans and boosters is fading fast.
Miles told reporters yesterday he's certainly "aware" of the situation, referring to the criticism dogging him, quarterback Brandon Harris and LSU's offensive line since Saturday's 16-14 loss to then-unranked Wisconsin.
Miles insists he's not ready to give up on Harris in spite of the quarterback's performance against the Badgers. Next in line would be Danny Etling, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior transfer from Purdue who fans could be calling for when LSU plays its home opener against Jacksonville State this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Miles says star running back Leonard Fournette was rested during Monday's practice but is fine after initially being hobbled by a fourth-quarter hit to his lower leg.