Friday, August 5, 2016

LSU linemen looks good to Les Miles

LSU DE Tashawn Bower added to injured list

LSU football coach Les Miles at his first press conference of the 2016 season. He talked with the media on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Baton Rouge. (Photo by Chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune)

By Jim Kleinpeter, | The Times-Picayune
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on August 04, 2016 at 6:15 PM, updated August 04, 2016 at 6:43 PM
LSU senior defensive end Tashawn Bower was added to the injured list Thursday as the Tigers completed their first day of split-squad practice.

LSU coach Les Miles said Bower "had a little nick" and is expected "to be back pretty quick, in the next couple of days," Miles said at a post practice press conference.

Tigers' left tackle Maea Teuhema is the only other player in the two deep to sit out. Miles said it's "a day-to-day issue, it might be seven days."

Miles complimented the play of  K.J. Malone, who has been rotating with Teuhema until the injury. Malone, a junior, has played every offensive line position, including center.

"He's got a good left-handed stance, very athletic and long arms," Miles said. "Nobody is filling in; everybody is earning their way. We're keeping an eye on him because he may make a difference."
"The young and the old of this offensive line is going to produce a really talented group. Some of those young guys need some reps, but boy they are talented."

Miles also commented on the Tigers' No. 6 ranking by the coaches poll released earlier Thursday.
"It's a compliment to the program and the teams that have gone before this one," he said. "I don't know if they give a trophy for no. 6. There's still a lot to earn. A lot of real quality teams out there, including Wisconsin. They are a very talented defense and offense. We'll have to play well there."
Here are some highlights of the rest of Miles' address:

-- "Lindsey Scott played pretty well. The young offensive line is  going to be pretty good. They are a ways away from participating. Willie Allen is going to be a good one, Donavaughn Campbell, Lloyd Cushenberry. Young freshman center Cushenberry is going to be pretty good.

-- "Ed Alexander is a big horse, knocking them around in there. In a small space, he's pretty good. That's all we need him to be. He comes off the football and he knows he's going to be a very difficult matchup problem for their center."

-- "Duke Riley has put in a lot of time effort and energy. Very deservingly in the position he's in."

-- "Drake Davis is talented and hard-working. Appears to me to be a guy that takes snaps in big-time games. We need to improve him in many ways. I would think he would have a very nice career."

-- "J.D. Moore is having a great summer. His gauntlet was perfect. I can't wait. He's a great student, dang near 4.0. Bright as a whip, knows what to do, how to read the play. We'd be making a mistake if he didn't figure in with a lot of things we're going to do.

-- "Kevin Toliver, that's a tough injury to play with (torn labrum). They went after him as a true freshman. He had grit and fight and did a great job. He'll have a great sophomore campaign."

Thomas Williams
"And his quarterback passes like throwing bricks."

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