Miles endures testy radio show, downplays No. 2 QB

BATON ROUGE— One caller demanded LSU coach Les Miles fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron or be fired himself.

"Cam works hard, calls the plays," Miles answered on a his weekly radio show that was as hot wired as expected on Wednesday night in light of the former No. 5 Tigers' 16-14 loss to unranked Wisconsin on Saturday.

That second part of the answer is why Cameron has received so much criticism from fans and media over the last two seasons and after the opener of 2016. The offense managed only one touchdown amid three turnovers, a 2-of-10 mark on third down conversions and 257 total yards, which was its lowest since getting 182 in a 30-16 loss at Alabama last season.

Another caller said she was Miles' "staunchest supporter," but wanted to know why he doesn't try something different or try changing the quarterback because, "What do you have to lose?"

Miles laughed at that one. Earlier he seemed to know what he has to lose, which is likely his job — something he almost lost last year before the administration decided otherwise and LSU won its last two games to finish 9-3.

"We understand the situation we're in," Miles said after practice Wednesday. "We recognize that the fan base wants change, and we all want change."

But Miles does not seem ready to change his offense or replace quarterback Brandon Harris, who was 12 of 21 with two interceptions and no touchdowns on Saturday with five misfired passes along with two drops by wide receiver Malachi Dupre, the latter of which was pointed out by Miles.

"We'd like to see more spread sets. But we're awfully productive in traditional sets," he said, but failed to point out when and where.

LSU's No. 2 quarterback is junior transfer Danny Etling, who started 12 games at Purdue in 2013 and '14 before being benched.

"Frankly, our quarterback can play better and will play better," Miles said to the staunchest supporter. "Should he not, we will look for another quarterback at some times. I don't know what time that will be. Hopefully not."

Miles later said there was a chance Etling "could see time under a couple of situations."

During his press conference Monday, Miles also gave two opposite answers concerning Etling's chances of playing.

To a disgruntled caller, Miles said, "I understand your pain — one that is shared by many."

MILES MUM ON FOURNETTE: LSU tailback Leonard Fournette may have missed all three of LSU's practices this week. Miles said he missed Monday's practice after aggravating a previous ankle injury during the Wisconsin game, but he would not say if Fournette practiced on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I'm not going to answer that question," Miles said.

Miles did say he expects Fournette to play on Saturday when the No. 22 Tigers (0-1) host Jacksonville State (1-0) at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium on ESPNU.

SUSPENDED PLAYERS RETURN: Three reserve players who were suspended for LSU's game against Wisconsin have returned to practice this week and could play Saturday. Those are true freshman defensive back Saivion Smith of St. Petersburg, Florida, true freshman wide receiver Dee Anderson of Desoto, Texas, and junior defensive tackle Frank Herron of Memphis.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We all came away from that game with an edge. We can play better than that."

— LSU coach Les Miles closing his radio show Wednesday night.


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