The No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers continued their preparations on a windy Wednesday afternoon for Western Kentucky - but whether those preparations included any significant changes at quarterback, coach Les Miles wasn’t saying.
“It’s my same two guys,” Miles said. “I’m looking forward to them playing. They’re working hard and understanding the position that they’re in.
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought, to be honest with you.”
Miles declined even to say whether his choice between Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson will be a game-time decision.
Lee has started all nine games for 9-0 LSU, but Jefferson saw most of the snaps in last Saturday’s 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama after Lee threw a pair of interceptions.
Lee remains listed as the starter in LSU’s game notes.
Miles acknowledged that the Tigers’ run defense, ranked No. 2 in the nation, will be tested by WKU running back Bobby Rainey. Rainey ranks third nationally with 1,169 yards rushing and also has 298 yards receiving.
“I think he’s a very talented back,” Miles said. “He runs hard. He’s extremely shifty and a very capable running back.”
Miles on Penn State
During Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference, Miles was asked for his reaction to the news that morning that Penn State coach Joe Paterno would retire, hours before news came that Paterno would be fired.
“Like everybody in America, my concern first and foremost is with the young people involved,” Miles said.
“Their well being would take precedent. Coach Paterno has had a distinguished coaching career. The only thing I hope is that all is done right from this point forward. Penn State is a great institution and I wish them well and I know they’ll do things right.”
Offensive guard Josh Williford suffered a shoulder injury in the Alabama game, but Miles indicated that he expects him to play. The same for strong safety Craig Loston, who Miles said was probable to play against Western Kentucky.
Loston suffered a concussion Sept. 24 at West Virginia.
Miles will go for his 100th career victory in Saturday’s game.
Miles is 99-38 (.723) in 10 seasons overall. He was 28-21 (.571) at Oklahoma State from 2001-04 and is 71-17 (.807) at LSU.
Thursday is also Miles’ 58th birthday. LSU fans and play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne sang “Happy Birthday” to Miles during his weekly radio call-in show Wednesday night at T.J. Ribs restaurant on Acadian.