Les Miles: Fournette compares to Michael Jordan

Les Miles speaks to the media before SEC media days.

Les Miles speaks to the media before SEC media days.

Prior to stepping into the main media room on Wednesday at SEC media days, LSU coach Les Miles could be found signing footballs just one floor above.

Miles raved about some of his incoming freshmen.

“There’s been a real nice review of the freshman receivers,” Miles said. “It appears to me that Trey Quinn is an advanced young freshman. Malachi Dupre is naturally talented.”

One key question mark heading into 2014 is the quarterback position, as two dual-threat passers will battle for the starting spot starting on Aug. 4, the first day of fall camp.

“I think both of our quarterbacks, Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings, have progressed. I also know that their progression will take place, too, in drills that are emphasized where the skill of putting the ball in play… will be pressed into a very competitive drill where those guys are going to have to exhibit other things than just throwing the ball well.”

Defensively, Miles spoke highly of defensive backs Jamal Adams, John Battle and Ed Paris, all incoming freshmen.

Lastly, Miles made a comparison between freshman Leonard Fournette and a certain famous basketball player.

“He’s got speed, size and strength, he’s goal oriented and he expects more of himself,” Miles said. “Michael Jordan was not coached to be Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan expected himself to do something special. That’s the kind of player Leonard Fournette is. He’s been quiet and he’s been working in the classroom and in the weight room. It’s just how he should approach it.”

Other notes:

  • Miles mentioned Corey Thompson at safety is coming off  injury. Jamal Adams and John Battle are guys who could play “significant roles.”
  • Miles on defensive end, mentions Hunter and Rasco as “two of the finest in the country.”
  • Miles: “Trey Quinn continues to be reviewed by our players as a guy with experience and great ball skills.”
  • Miles lists Fournette, Harris, Dupre and Clifton Garrett as four freshmen “to have great impact on this season.”