Wednesday with Les: Running stop lights, healthy linemen and more

Les Miles says he stopped at that red light.

Did Les Miles run a red light during ESPN’s All-Access segment? No, he says.

“That’s my story,” Miles said Wednesday, “and I’m sticking to it.”

During ESPN’s All-Access this week ahead of LSU’s game at Alabama, the network filmed Miles’ drive into work via a dashboard camera. ESPN’s Kaylee Hartung sat in the passenger while Miles drove.

Hartung giggled as the coach, allegedly, ran a stop light. The entire video can be seen here.

Miles was asked about it after Wednesday’s practice. He answered it in true Miles fashion.

“I can only tell you I show great discretion in my driving. I’m a defensive driver,” he said. “When I come up to a light, I promise you, I watch the light. The electrical mechanism that suggests ‘go’ and ‘stop,’ I pay attention to that. I do anticipate change. I’ve never stopped at one where it stayed that way the entire time.”

So how’d the incident unfold?

“With me anticipating change, I rolled cautiously through the intersection appropriately,” he said. “I did not run a light. What I did was rolled very quietly and slowly. The light had changed at that time. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

And, now, on to more pressing matters …

  • Miles said center Elliot Porter and left tackle La’ El Collins practiced Tuesday and Wednesday. They were both held out of the game against Furman. Kicker Colby Delhoussaye is expected to play at ‘Bama. He injured his groin against Furman. “We feel like we can use him,” Miles said of Delahoussaye.
  • The bye week came at good time, Miles said. He noticed differences in his team at this week’s practice. “We’re faster. We’re healthier. We kind of needed it, to be honest with you, after nine straight weeks of football,” he said.
  • Miles was asked not-so-subtly about Plaquemines defensive lineman Davon Godchaux, a commit who suffered a major knee injury. Miles, speaking in generalities since he’s not allowed to speak specifically about a prospect, said LSU honors a scholarship offer to any senior, injury or not. “We would rehabilitate him and we’d expect him to come back full and 100 percent,” Miles said. “We’re counting on those guys to be a part of our team. That’s happened several times.”