LSU football coach Les Miles says safety Jalen Mills to play, but no word on starting quarterback

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Les Miles address the media during Media Day 2014
Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Les Miles address the media during Media Day 2014

LSU coach Les Miles is prepared to play safety Jalen Mills “early and late” during the Tigers’ game against Wisconsin on Saturday, and the coach has already decided who will start at quarterback.

He’s not telling, though.

Miles addressed reporters during his media luncheon Monday. Here are the news nuggets from the talk:

- Mills, arrested in June and suspended over the summer, is prepared to play in the game against Wisconsin, Miles said. Mills’ off-the-field situation is similar to that of running back Jeremy Hill last season. Hill missed the first five quarters of the 2013 season, an unannounced suspension.

- Miles has made a decision on who will start the game against Wisconsin at quarterback - Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris. He will not reveal the starter, and it doesn’t make much difference, the coach said. Both quarterbacks will play in the game, Miles emphasized again.

- The coach said Ethan Pocic will start at center and Hoko Fanaika will start at right guard. It appears that Fanaika beat out Evan Washington in that battle. Pocic has dethroned Porter, a senior who started last year.

- Miles suggested that LSU is playing both quarterbacks because one has not separated himself from the other. When that happens, the team might begin playing just one quarterback, Miles hinted.

- Miles said he expects six to 12 true freshmen to play Saturday, six of those having key roles. Miles would not name players.

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