Glenn Guilbeau /GANNETT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE Injured LSU defensive tackle Quentin Thomas could be practicing by early next week after initial reports last week had him out for the season.
'I can tell you they're talking about the next couple of days,' Miles said Wednesday, referencing LSU's medical staff, when asked how soon Thomas could be practicing near 100 percent. 'Today, he went through individual drills and moved and used his hands.'
Thomas, a junior from Breaux Bridge who entered preseason practices as a No. 1 defensive tackle, injured his biceps on Aug. 6 during the third day of practice.
'It's one of those things when you have a big old arm, and you get it nicked, you can't quite tell what it is and what it isn't initially,' Miles explained. 'Frankly, he's fortunate as he can be.'
Miles was asked if Thomas could aggravate the injury by trying to do too much too soon.
'No, we just went through it all,' he said. 'He went to an occupational therapist, who looked at it. He said, 'There's absolutely no reason to do anything else but rehabilitate and let him play.''
Thomas, who had nine tackles in 11 games last season with a start in the bowl game, is LSU's most experienced defensive tackle after junior starters Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson both left a year early for the NFL after last season. But Miles likes what his young talent has shown so far this camp at the position. The Tigers have three highly recruited redshirt freshmen at defensive tackle in Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Maquedius Bain.
'I've got to tell you something, our defensive front is really coming to the line of scrimmage, and I like the way they're playing,' Miles said. 'And there's a number of them. Frank Herron always comes to mind. Christian LaCouture (sophomore who is No. 1 at the other defensive tackle slot), and again there is a host of them behind him.'