LSU Football: Best Quotes and Key Takeaways from SEC Media Days
SEC media days are over. And Les Miles, yet again, was one of the brightest stars of the show.
Miles gave updates on all three of his kids, "Smacker," Manny and Macy, multiple times throughout the day before briefing the media. He also shared his affinity for the World Cup and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's performance in the MLB All-Star Game.
Miles' also shared a story of a family vacation to Austin, Texas. He said conditions were not ideal.
"It was miserable. I hated it. But we it was great fun. I meant, it was not a beach, it was not sand, but it was my family, and that was the best," said Miles.
But Miles and three of his seniors, left tackle La'el Collins, linebacker D.J. Welter and running back Terrence Magee, also addressed topics regarding their football team. Overall, there was no breaking news to share, but there were some interesting comments regarding the 2014 Tigers.
Freshmen, Freshmen, Freshmen
Les Miles emphatically shared his love for the incoming 2014 recruiting class at SEC media days.
In Miles' opening statement, he mentioned newcomers running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Clifton Garrett, quarterback Brandon Harris and receivers Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn, as players he expects to play right away.
Miles said Fournette's name the most, comparing his work ethic to that of Michael Jordan. Senior running back Terrence Magee said Fournette has the potential to be the best LSU back ever.
There is no denying the talent Miles brought in for this year is sublime. Hearing him, and the players, rave about it again should make LSU fans feel ecstatic.
Quarterback Battle Still Up in the Air
LSU fans wanting to know the next starting quarterback this week were out of luck. Miles has yet to make that decision.
Miles did say the starting quarterback will either be Brandon Harris or Anthony Jennings. Of the two, Harris generated more buzz and had more questions asked about him.
"In terms of pure physical tools, he is more talented than what LSU has," said ESPN's National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill. "He can make all the throws."
To go along with Harris' strong arm, Miles loves his natural instincts for the game.
"Probably the best thing about him (Harris) is he anticipates that great play," said Miles. "He has the opportunity to see it and has the arm to get it there."
Senior left tackle La'el Collins has been most impressed by their friendship.
"They both complement each other real well," said Collins. "I think that is going to be the key to our success this year. Personally I feel that we are going to need both of them to win."
Right Guard Battle Is Too
The vacancies left at quarterback, running back and receiver have dominated the headlines. But LSU has another position to fill at right guard.
LSU will likely choose between seniors Evan Washington and Hoko Fanaika. Left tackle La'el Collins raved about both of them at SEC media days.
"Evan knows the ins and outs of our offense. He's one of the guys I go to with questions because he has played every position on our offensive line," said Collins. "Hoko is a very talented guy. We have very high expectations for the both of them, and I think we will need both guys to play this year."
Miles and first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has yet to make a decision between Washington and Fanaika.
*Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
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