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LSU head coach Les Miles
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Miles Previews Georgia Game at Press Conference
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Published: September 23, 2013, 01:17 PM (CT)
Updated: September 24, 2013, 11:51 AM (CT)
by Todd Politz (@tpolitz), Director of Digital Media

BATON ROUGE -- At his weekly press luncheon Monday, LSU head coach Les Miles looked ahead to Saturday's SEC road contest against Georgia in Athens.

Miles' Tigers (4-0, 1-0 SEC) face the Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CBS and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Video of Coach Miles' opening statement, the full-stream of the weekly "Lunch with Les" show presented by Subway and the the transcript are available now.

S Craig Loston

On defending Aaron Murray…
“He is one of the best in the league and he has done great things. He has a great chance of breaking the all-time touchdown record in the SEC. Anytime you play against someone like that you have to be focused in the week and you have to dial in on Saturday.”

On limiting Aaron Murray…
“As a secondary that is what we are focused on. You always want to limit the big plays and if you do that you control the game. We have to make them work for whatever they get.”

On the big matchup…
“I expect the same from this past weekend. I know for a fact they will come out and be excited. I’ve never played in their stadium but I am really excited. It’s going to be a hostile environment. It’s going to be another SEC game that comes down to the end. Everyone going to play at a high level and it will be a very physical game.”

WR Jarvis Landry

On sustaining drives…
“For our offense, we need to keep the ball in our hands for as long as possible to give our defense breaks. Communication is also going to be important going into that tough environment.”

On Zach Mettenberger striving for perfection…
“I think he’s grown into wanting that perfect game more and more. As an offense, we felt like our performance against Auburn could have been better and we could have scored more points. Even though we got a win, we could have done more and we left points out there. We will learn from the previous game and get better because of it.”

On playing in Sanford Stadium…
“It’s really exciting and that’s why I came to LSU. I always wanted to play against elite competition like Georgia and Alabama. I think those games are what you base your success off of. We just want to stay consistent and win.”

On his streak of six straight games of catching a touchdown pass …
“The success of the offense as a whole is the greater stat line. That is what we focus on.”

LSU QB ZACH METTENBERGER

On returning to Georgia…
“It is just another game. It is unfair, the situation that my teammates and family are being put in and all of the crazy questions that people have to answer. I should be the one that has to answer the questions. I don’t want any outside media or spotlight on myself or my relationship with Georgia to take away from this game and the experience for all the other guys. At the same time, it is just another bump in the road to get to where we want to be at the end of the season.”

On LSU’s offense…
“We are in a good spot. We have been able to win football games. However, we are making some errors and turnovers in the games. This is in a way a glass half full situation. We are able to go out there at times and show big flashes of improvement on offense and at times we do not.”

On his in game emotion…
“I think the biggest thing I need to control in the games is my body language. At times I let things get to me, but really I need to be un-phased out there. Playing quarterback is also a role you have to play. It is a role I embrace. I am one of the guys, but at the same time it is almost as if I am a coach out there. I just want them to know we are all on the same team and we all go through the struggles together.”

On his relationship with Aaron Murray…
“I keep in touch with Aaron [Murray] every now and then. I do not text him everyday or anything. But we are good buddies and it is going to be an exciting experience to compete against him Saturday.”

On growing up wanting to attend Georgia…
“It is hard not to want that when your mom has worked there for 14 years and you have been around the coaching staff and players for so long. She handles offense, defense and special teams.”

On the atmosphere of Sanford Stadium…
“It is loud. There are right at 100,000 fans. They are going to be ready to play the game.”

On getting back into an SEC school…
“It is the best conference in America and it is the toughest competition in America. If you want to be the best you have to play the best. I fell in love with LSU when I came here. It is the environment and the atmosphere, and everything else you hear about. From opening kickoff I wanted to be a Tiger.”

RB Jeremy Hill

On QB Zach Mettenberger’s return to Georgia…
“I think he will have some emotions, but Zach does a great job not getting involved with the outside noise or distractions. He comes to practice every day with the mentality to get better and work harder. He is a great leader and his confidence carries throughout the entire team, even the defense. We are looking forward to him coming out there on Saturday and going to work. ”

On his thoughts about Georgia’s RB Todd Gurley’s skills…
“I got to watch him play last year against South Carolina, and I love his running style. I think we are similar in style. I like his game style and I think he is a great running back. Our defense will have their hands full with him, but I know our coaches have prepared the defense for him.”

On preparing for road game in Georgia’s atmosphere…
“I think we are definitely ready for that. Last year, we had a first bad performance on our first road game against Florida. I think that will get our mindset where it needs to be this year and this game against Georgia. They are going to have great crowd noise there and we will do a great amount of practicing with noise at practice this week. I think we will be ready.”

On how offense has improved since 2011 Georgia game…
“I think our offense does a great job putting more points on the board and taking that pressure off our defense. Our defense needs those breaks anyway, but I think our offense does a great job scoring points. It carries throughout the team as we score touchdowns, the defense plays with more confidence and they get in and out. Just having that mentality every week will continue to carry us through the season.” 

 

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