BATON ROUGE – LSU football coach Les Miles has put his foot down concerning any potential “Lambeau Leapers” by informing his players they’ll have to put their thumb up.
For weeks, Tigers like cornerback Tre’Davious White, safety Jamal Adams and others have been saying they may perform a “Lambeau Leap” should they score a touchdown in LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC).
The tradition of the Green Bay Packers, who regularly play in the NFL stadium on Sundays, is to jump into the arms of their adoring fans after a touchdown.
“Personally, I’m looking forward to it, just knowing the tradition and history of that stadium,” White said at the Southeastern Conference Media Days last month in Hoover, Alabama. “I want to return a punt for a touchdown so I can Lambeau Leap.”
White, a senior from Green Oaks High in Shreveport who turned down late first round money in the NFL Draft to stay at LSU for his senior season, has returned two punts for touchdowns in his career without celebration. Such performances are allowed in the NFL, but they will draw a 15-yard penalty in college.
“I still want to do that,” White said. “So I hope Coach Miles gives me that leeway to take that penalty because that’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
“I promise you that if anybody jumps into that Lambeau Leap, they’ll end up with their thumb out to see if they can get a ride home,” Miles said pointedly on the SEC weekly teleconference Wednesday morning. “It’s college football. And we’re going to play it that way. And I think our guys understand that we’ll do it right.”
BRANDON HARRIS’ GROWTH: LSU players and Coach Miles have said frequently this off-season that junior quarterback Brandon Harris of Bossier City has matured as he enters his second full season as the starter. Harris’ figure has also literally grown. He is up to a lean and muscular 220 pounds after reporting as a freshman in 2014 at 175 pounds, Miles said.
“He’s a totally different quarterback than he’s been,” Miles said on his weekly radio show Wednesday night.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wish I could do that myself to be honest.”
---LSU coach Les Miles to a caller on his radio show who said he and his father would be watching Saturday’s LSU-Wisconsin game together after battling area floods for the last two weeks. Both of Miles’ parents are deceased.