Notebook: Miles to name starting QB Thursday
Monday, 09/05, 8:10 p.m.
By William Kalec
BATON ROUGE - Apparently, Les Miles is a Thursday kinda guy.
With most state media outlets and a sprinkling of national correspondents present at the coach’s inaugural weekly Monday press conference, Miles deferred another three days on announcing whether JaMarcus Russell or Matt Flynn will be LSU’s starting quarterback. When asked whether he already knew which player would line up under center Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz., Miles let out a coy smile but refused to reveal his hand.
Other position battles seem to be temporarily solved. Redshirt freshman Brett Helms beat out incumbent Will Arnold at left guard, according to an updated depth chart. Sophomore Chevis Jackson held off competition from senior Mario Stevenson and will get the first crack at right cornerback.
FOND MEMORIES: While disappointed not to be in Tiger Stadium this weekend, senior receiver Skyler Green wasn't too upset over the switch out to Arizona. Back in 2003, Green recorded his first college punt return for a touchdown in Tucson during a blowout of Arizona. After the return, Green high-fived a couple of Tiger fans leaning over the rail of their end zone seats and was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I won’t be high-fiving anybody,” Green joked.
HEALTH UPDATE: Miles said linebacker E.J. Kuale, who injured his ankle in mid-August, probably will not be available against the Sun Devils. Curtis product Jason Spadoni will start in his place.