The topic of internally disciplined, soon-to-be-withheld-an-undisclosed-amount-from-play running back Jeremy Hill isn’t the only one that sends LSU coach Les Miles reaching for his tap shoes.
In Hill’s case, Miles is noncommittal about whether further disciple for breaking probation will include benching the leading rusher from last year’s team for Saturday’s season opener against TCU.
In Jennings’ case, Miles is noncommittal about whether Jennings, a freshman dual threat, might get into the game as a complement to the pocket-passing Mettenberger.
“I think you would find that Anthony Jennings would be suited to understand the offense pretty well, and we’d expect that if he goes into the game that he could execute anything that we asked him to do,” Miles said. “I see him more so as a guy that would come in maybe if needed to.
“But we like Zach, and we kind of see Zach taking the majority of the snaps, and certainly I don’t know that there’s any quotient that Anthony Jennings is going in the game. But it’s always nice to have a very quality quarterback in a position to go in and take snaps.”
Regardless of whether Hill plays, Alfred Blue will be the starting running back and Kenny Hilliard will see significant time.
“He has toned up,” Phillips said, “and he’s definitely faster.”
Phillips, who was a year behind Hilliard in high school, remembered a practice day when the coaching staff was looking at players at different positions. Hilliard lined up at fullback and Phillips at halfback.
“It lasted for about a day,” Phillips said with a laugh. “I wasn’t a running back at all. They saw I couldn’t really move like Kenny could.”
So Phillips went back to developing as a linebacker, and Hilliard went on to become the leading rusher in Louisiana high school history.
Walking into palatial AT&T Stadium, where LSU and TCU will play Saturday night, can be a jaw-dropping experience for a first-time visitor.
“I had jitters,” Mills said. “I’m not going to lie to you — I was nervous. As soon as you walk in, you look up, and you’re hoping to see yourself run out of the tunnel.
“Playing football in a place like that is heart-pounding, but once you get that first tackle or your first pass breakup out of the way, you’re OK after that.”
Mills settled down pretty quickly as DeSoto whipped Douglass (Okla.) High School 63-0.
Traveling to watch the Cowboys Classic doesn’t mean being without a copy of the newspaper.
Saturday’s edition of The Advocate will be available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the following locations, courtesy of Manda: the Omni Fort Worth (LSU team hotel), Worthington Renaissance (Fort Worth), Marriott DFW Airport South (Fort Worth), the Warwick Melrose (Dallas), The Joule (Dallas) and the Ritz-Carlton (Dallas).
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