Posted: 10/9/2013 6:56 PM
Jarvis Landry returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis, LSU coach Les Miles said in his weekly press conference.
Landry, who sustained a lower leg injury against Mississippi State, had not practiced this week before Wednesday, and had been seen on crutches and in a walking boot. Miles said the junior wide receiver should be ready to play Saturday.
“Jarvis practiced a little bit today,” Miles said. “We’ll be moderate with our approach. He’ll practice full tomorrow and do a little something Friday. We’ll rest him a little bit and get him ready for the game.”
Also on the injury front, Miles said Craig Loston — who did not travel with the team to Stakville, Miss., last week — practiced Wednesday and is expected to play Saturday, as is linebacker Tahj Jones, who has also missed time with an undisclosed injury.
---Miles said all focus is on the Florida Gators right now, a team that has shown offensive improvement under backup quarterback Tyler Murphy. In three games, Murphy’s thrown for 530 yards and five touchdowns, while also picking up 135 yards on the ground with two more scores.
“Murphy has his own style, his own abilities,” Miles said. “He’s truly a dual-threat guy, not just a runner. He can throw it.”
Florida also has that defense that ranks as one of the best in the nation and SEC. While LSU’s offense hasn’t slowed down all season, Miles did admit that this week will prove the biggest test.
“It’s safe to say this will be a great challenge to our passing attack,” Miles said. “Those corners will have to matchup with a pretty good receiving corps as well…The veteran guys understand the style of game we’ll play here. These are two very quality programs that have really good players.”
---Miles had some positive things to say about running back Alfred Blue, who scored his first touchdown of the season Saturday against Mississippi State. Miles said he’s noticed more confidence in Blue’s running while injuries have continued to hurt him this year.
“Blue had a setback a couple weeks ago, but he’s ready to go,” Miles said. “He’s got to trust it and trust it. Then try it and try it. I think he’s ready. He’s had a great week of practice.”
---Before Odell Beckham had a career night against MSU last week, pregame rumors flew through the internet that he would miss that game for a team violation. As we all know, Beckham did play, but he declined to speak with the media this week.
That led to some speculation of its own, but Miles claimed that there’s nothing to it.
“I know he’s got a big week academically,” Miles said. “He doesn’t want the responsibility of hanging around more. He wants to get some work done.”
---One of the big storylines from last week’s victory was the emergence of freshman corners Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson. Miles praised those young defenders against on Wednesday.
“I saw some improvement out of those young corners today,” Miles said. “They’re playing better and better. Their best football’s in front of him. They’re playing at a pretty high level right now. We look forward to seeing them develop and compare with the best corners that have played here.”
Inserting Robinson into nickel packages moved Jalen Mills inside as the team’s nickelback. Miles said that’s a role Mills embraces.
“He’s closer to the ball,” Miles said. “There’s more action. There are crossing routes, contact, an opportunity to come off the edge. He’s that kind of player.”