Les Miles was awesome when he took the podium at SEC Media Days.

Here are some of the best bits.

ON …..? 

“It appears to me that some of the media have not shaved and have left their car running in the back parking lot, kind of ready to get off to fishing or wherever they’re supposed to be off to. Scooter has way too much sun to be inside. I can tell you that, I did not bring tennis shoes. That is a product of a sports information director who knows that I have an attachment to those shoes. I’m wearing regular shoes and regular socks.”

ON QUARTERBACKS

“I think Brandon Harris has gotten most of the summer work. I think he has really improved. I think I’m confident in both guys, and I think competition will end up making the call there who will start. But, again, I think we’re nothing but improved at the quarterback spot.”

“Every time that a quarterback steps under center, he is a game manager. The game manager has to handle the play called, has to get the ball to the right guy, has to make sure that this is not a — we’re not taking a chance to turn it over. We’re not just slinging it around the yard. We’re not just tossing it around the yard. ”

ON ED ORGERON 

“Ed Orgeron bleeds purple and gold. He’s a guy from the state. He signed initially with LSU and then left and went to another school and really has been trying to get back there since he left.”

ON HEISMAN TROPHIES

“I think at some point in time there might be a number of guys on our team that should be worthy of [The Heisman Trophy] conversation. Certainly, Leonard Fournette might well be worthy of what conversation. That’s not my focus. Certainly, I hope it’s not his focus because the whole piece is putting the team together and having him do his part. If he just does his part, he’ll be in the mix.”

ON SUSPENSIONS AND PRONOUNCING HIS PLAYERS’ NAMES 

“I don’t know at this point. Some guys are no longer with the team, and that would be Tra Valentine and Trey Lealaimataf, whose name I can’t pronounce. I’ve tried for a year, I swear. But those two guys are no longer with our team. But the other guys are going through a legal process, and that legal process will take time. When we get information, we’ll make a decision then. I’m very optimistic that a number of those guys will return, only because I know the information. Again, that’s not me. This is all about what’s going on in the legal process.”

ON WHETHER THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE BETTER UNDER KEVIN STEELE AFTER THE JOHN CHAVIS DEPARTURE TO TEXAS A&M

“I think better is speculative. I really don’t know. I can tell you that we’ve had some really talented teams in the last seven years or so and guys that have gone on to the NFL and played great. The idea that, if you look at the number of guys that we’ve had on our defense that were drafted — simply put, we had eight players drafted in the 2013 NFL draft, all coming from the first five rounds. It’s the only time in modern day history that an NFL — that one school had eight defensive players taken in the first five rounds. We’ve had 24 defensive players since 2010, which ties the most in the SEC during that span. We’ve had at least one defensive lineman taken in every NFL draft for the last 12 years. The five defensive players selected in the first round since NFL draft since 2010. So our talent pool has been pretty special. What I’m saying is that we would expect that that talent would continue and that we would have great defense, period.”

 

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