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LSU head coach Les Miles (center)
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Football Off and Running; Miles, Hill Address Media
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Published: August 05, 2013, 04:06 PM (CT)
Updated: August 05, 2013, 08:24 PM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE – LSU went through its first day of preseason camp on Monday as the Tigers held a pair of split-squad workouts here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Monday’s sessions, which had the Tigers in shorts, jerseys and helmets, featured the veterans and selected newcomers practicing in the morning followed by the rookies along with other squad members working out in the afternoon.

“It is the best way to teach,” football head coach Les Miles said of having some of the newcomers workout during the morning session with the veterans. “You take the first team and put some freshmen behind it and you rotate it though. While the freshmen are sitting there watching they see a varsity guy who knows what to do go through the rep. So it is the best team period for that youngster.

“We are taking some of the really talented young guys and putting them behind the starters, and taking the second team into the afternoon session and surrounding them with other guys. It is specific by each position, but I think it is a great way to teach. There are a lot of reps for everybody.”

The Tigers will continue to hold split-squad practices through Thursday with Friday serving as the first full squad workout.

Monday also saw the return of sophomore running back Jeremy Hill to the squad. Hill, who has been on indefinite suspending stemming from an off-campus incident during the spring, practiced during the afternoon session. Hill has been cleared to return to practice and team activities, but Miles said he is still subject to additional punishment.

Hill and Miles meet with the media following the afternoon session. Hill made the following remarks to the media before Miles took the podium:

“First of all I want to thank Coach Miles and this university for giving me another chance to play football. I would like to apologize to my teammates and the community. I made a poor choice in judgment. But since then I’ve learned from that mistake. I will continue to be a better person and continue to be a better teammate and continue to be a role model for kids in the community.”

Miles followed Hill’s comments with, “We can all document this thing pretty well. We immediately punished (Hill). He was immediately suspended from the team. He went through public ridicule. We waited for the legal system to act. We felt like they had a full review of the situation at hand. They have spoken very strongly to Jeremy Hill. That being said, he is free to do the things that anyone would do in this community, attend college and play college football if that opportunity is still there.

“He stood in front of his teammates and discussed this event in depth and really talked to them in a way that would say this is what you don’t do and why you don’t do it and I’m sorry. His teammates sat there very quietly and listened. They voted to have him back. He was not going to be invited back to practice had he not been voted to come back. He owes this school, this team and this community his best behavior. He will have some further punishment. It will be internal. It will be comprehensive, but we are going to see the whole person. Part of which is the three A’s he had in (summer school) when he was separated from us. He took three courses. He has a 3.0 in college. We will bring him back to practice. We are not certain about further punishment. There will be some. It will be comprehensive. Again we will look at the person and it will be internal as well.”

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RUNNING BACK JEREMY HILL

Opening Statement
“First of all I want to thank Coach Miles and this university for giving me another chance to play football. I would like to apologize to my teammates and the community. I made a poor choice in judgment. But since then I’ve learned from that mistake. I will continue to be a better person and continue to be a better teammate and continue to be a role model for kids in the community.”

HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement
“We can all document this thing pretty well. We immediately punished (Hill). He was immediately suspended from the team. He went through public ridicule. We waited for the legal system to act. We felt like they had a full review at the situation at hand. They have spoken very strongly to Jeremy Hill. That being said, he is free to do the things that anyone would do in this community, attend college and play college football if that opportunity is still there. He stood in front of his teammates and discussed this event in depth and really talked to them in a way that would say this is what you don’t do and why you don’t do it and I’m sorry. His teammates sat there very quietly and listened. They voted to have him back. He was not going to be invited back to practice had he not been voted to come back. He owes this school, this team and this community his best behavior. He will have some further punishment. It will be internal. It will be comprehensive, but we are going to see the whole person. Part of which is the three A’s he had in his time separated from us. He took three courses. He has a 3.0 in college. We will bring him back to practice. We are not certain about further punishment. There will be some. It will be comprehensive. Again we will look at the person and it will be internal as well.”

On Jeremy Hill’s personality…
“(Hill) is a good college student. He is a good person. He really is not a guy that has had constant bad behavior. Obviously he has had a lack of judgment in two instances. The reality is we all see him around here as a good person.”

On players learning from Hill’s mistake…
“It is a reminder that you carry a responsibility with the number you wear into the stadium. That number does not leave your back when you go out on a Friday or Saturday night. I think our team understands it. I think our team understood it even more fully today.  One of their teammates has been in pain for months about it.”

On Hill’s further punishment…
“In the last eight years it has been my decision. I have a unity council group of quality men that I will consult with. I will take an opinion there. I’m not going to go into the specifics of punishment in any way.”

On Hill’s performance in practice today…
“He is rusty as heck. He didn’t look anything like the Jeremy Hill that we saw before. He better get back to practice if he expects to play at all.”

On the court’s decision on Hill…
“I think the legal system in this state does a full job and take a lot of things into consideration. That is why I did nothing. I stayed in the backdrop and watched. We are thankful for the job that they do because it is our community.”

On moving forward from this situation…
“I am glad that we know something. I am glad that our wait was a significant one. I’m glad that we understand the specific situation that (Hill) is in.”

On the team vote…
“I wanted everyone to understand that this is a rule where we are awfully proud how we act, what we do and how we work. We had to hold up our end of it. (Hill) had an episode that let us down. I wanted (the team) to have the right to express their opinion in a vote and they did. It was a unanimous one.”

“The reality is we are people. We’re flawed, everyone of us. Hopefully we learn by our mistakes and we improve and continue. I think Jeremy Hill certainly has a chance to do that strongly.”

On the team’s first practice…
“I like our team. I like the development. I like what we are doing on offense, defense and special teams. The young guys just stand out. Tre'Davious White makes spectacular plays. Kendell Beckwith is a very big, fast and very skilled man. Rickey Jefferson is going to be a good player. Quantavius Leslie is a newcomer. There are guys that I have not mentioned that are going to play a lot of football. I like our team.” 

On having freshmen practice with the upperclassmen…
“It is the best way to teach. You take the first team and put some freshmen behind it. You rotate it though. While the freshmen are sitting there and watching they watch a varsity guy who knows what to do go through the rep. So it is the best team period for that youngster. If you would put him behind the second team there is an issue of if the rep was the same that we would get with the first team. We are taking some of the really talented young guys and putting them behind the starters, and taking the second team into the afternoon session and surrounding them with all the guys. It is specific by each position, but I think it is a great way to teach. There are a lot of reps for everybody.”

 

LSU Players Post-Practice Player Quotes
August 5, 2013

DT Anthony Johnson

On guys stepping up…
“Like myself, Christian LaCouture enrolled early and he will be good for us. A guy that everyone is sleeping on is Mickey Johnson. I think he could be in the rotation. He’s lost about 20 pounds and has worked hard this summer when it comes to his agility and acceleration. He’s one of the strongest on the team and it’s all about mindset now. Maquedius Bain is another guy who is going to help us out a lot this year.”

On the focus of the defensive line…
“When you look at last year, everyone is saying we lost too much depth but at the end of the day LSU is known for their defensive lineman and always will be. Ego Ferguson, Jermauria Rasco, Jordan Allen and I just want to keep the tradition going and be the best defensive line that we can be.”

On getting the new guys acclimated…
“You have to play early when you come to LSU and it’s hard. We have a lot of depth here and they are all ready. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you will be playing.”

On Maquedius Bain
“I took him under my wing because I see something really special with him. I want him to be the best as he can be.”

On Danielle Hunter
“He’s going to be a great player and he just pops out at you. He is a freak but I am the freak. He can run like a cat and we have to work on technique he will be a force to be reckoned with.”

LB Lamin Barrow

On being selected to wear No. 18…
“It’s just a huge honor and I’m very humbled by it. I grew up watching and looking up to guys like Matt Mauck and Jacob Hester. To be in the same class as them means more to me than any individual award. It’s a great honor to represent our team in this way.”

On who else could have gotten the number…
“A lot of guys could have gotten this number -- Zach (Mettenberger), Alfred Blue and Craig Loston were all up for this and any one of them would have represented it well.”

On why he was given the number…
“I think it’s for my heart. This is my fifth year on campus and I’ve been a team player. The years I didn’t play I wasn’t as vocal to the media but I’ve always had a strong voice on this team.

On being more vocal this season…
“I think I definitely have to be more vocal this season with the guys we lost. Kevin (Minter) is gone so I have to be that leader. I’m getting better everyday at having more responsibility and leading these guys.”

QB Zach Mettenberger

On Alfred Blue returning…
“It is a funny thing about college football, media talks about him for the first four games and then [Alfred] Blue is kind of forgotten. Blue is a seasoned veteran for this team and he is going to be a work horse for us.”

On his focus over summer…
“It is mostly mental. Mentally being able to go out there at a fast pace and bark out orders. I worked a lot of my feet and being more accurate. But the biggest thing was with this new offense leaning more toward professional style, the quarterback has to be the captain and direct everything. A lot of the work we put in this summer with the offensive line really benefitted [the team] today.”

On improving as an offense…
“Guys have to understand the “whys,” the why of the route they are running. A lot of times they are not going to be open it is about getting the next guy open; and those guys understand that. Jarvis [Landry], Odell [Beckham Jr.], Kadron [Boone], and James [Wright] are seasoned veterans and understanding that fully will help the younger guys coming along.”

RB Alfred Blue

On his focus over the summer…
“I really emphasized on pass blocking and protecting the quarterback. Zach [Mettenberger] took a lot of hits last year and we are going to try and eliminate some of that for him this year. I feel with me back there I am going to have [Mettenberger’s] back no matter what.”

On being 100% healthy…
“I feel 110% out there. That first day it just felt like I was free, like a chain had been taken off of me and I could just go run free. But, I feel 110%.”

On where he wants to pick back up from last year…
“My aggressive running, that downhill running, aggressive finishing. Where you do not let the first man bring you down and you just send a statement to everybody.”

On the other successful running backs…
“They are pushing me; knowing that those guys are great, and everybody in the running back room is a great back. You know every day that you have to bring your all. If you do not bring your all then someone is going to pass you up, bottom line.”

 

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