LSU safety Eric Reid was dressed out for the Tigers’ game against Arkansas on Friday but didn’t play because of a thigh injury sustained in the 52-3 victory at Ole Miss a week earlier.
Reid and coach Les Miles both said Monday they’re optimistic Reid will play when top-ranked LSU takes on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
“It appears that we will have Reid ready to play,” Miles said at his weekly news conference. “He warmed up and really had every opportunity last week. We decided to hold him.”
In Reid’s absence, Tyrann Mathieu moved from cornerback to safety and forced two fumbles that the Tigers recovered in their 41-17 victory. Mathieu, who had a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown, recovered one and cornerback Ron Brooks recovered the other.
Reid said he gave Mathieu a few tips on body positioning at safety and learned something from his replacement as well.
“I learned that if you swat at the ball, you may come up with it, so I may do that a little bit more,” Reid said with a smile, “but I’m more of a tackler, so I’ll let (Mathieu) go get the ball.”
More injury news
Miles was asked about defensive tackle Michael Brockers tweeting that his knee swelled up after the game against Arkansas.
“I have tweeted Michael Brockers and tweeted a doctor about Michael Brockers,” Miles said. “A doctor has tweeted me back. I suspect that Michael Brockers will play well. The view of his knee by way of tweet is not as strong as kind of one-on-one examination. I think the one-on-one examination performed by our trainers once he tweeted me appeared that this would not be a serious injury. I don’t imagine there will be any issues there.”
Miles said he expected that running back Alfred Blue (ankle), who didn’t play against Arkansas “would be ready to roll.” He was less optimistic about running back Terrence Magee, who was held out because of an undisclosed injury.
Chavis finalist for award
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.
The other finalists announced Monday are Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 in Little Rock, Ark.
The award is named after former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, who had a history of developing assistant coaches that went on to become notable college or professional head coaches, such as Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs and Jackie Sherrill.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn won the award in 2010.
Miles: No Meyer contact
Miles said he was glad former Florida coach Urban Meyer was back in the profession after being named the new head coach at Ohio State on Monday. Miles was asked about reports Meyer might be interested in having LSU offensive line coach/acting offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa join the Buckeyes staff.
“I have visited with coach Studrawa several times, and at no specific time in relation to Urban Meyer at a Ohio State,” Miles said. “Coach Studrawa stepped in, did a great job and certainly this is a place we’d love have him stay. For me to be more specific about the details would be a little bit inappropriate. I don’t know if Urban Meyer has reached out to him or not, but I would guess that Urban would contact me if that was the case.”
Studrawa assumed the coordinator’s role at the start of camp after Steve Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which limited his role to being quarterbacks coach.
Meyer hired Studrawa to be his offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2001. When Meyer left to take over the Utah program in 2002, Studrawa stayed and became the team’s offensive coordinator, remaining there through the 2006 season before being hired at LSU.
LSU running back Kenny Hilliard was named SEC Freshman of the Week after rushing for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. ... Mathieu was named SEC?and Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association defensive player of the week Monday after earning the Walter Camp Foundation’s national player of the week Sunday. ... LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was named the LSWA’s offensive player of the week. ... ESPN’s GameDay program will broadcast from the SEC Championship Game site Saturday when LSU takes on Georgia. The show previously broadcast from the Tigers’ games against Oregon in Arlington, Texas; at West Virginia; and at Alabama. ... Miles will not have a radio show this week but will have a bowl edition of the show on a date and time to be determined.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.