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Miles says No. 13 LSU will play 2 QBs vs Wisconsin

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm •  Published: August 25, 2014

Andersen said he wants his defense focused primarily on executing its base scheme as well as possible.

"The base defense on paper should be able to react to any scheme and be able to handle any scheme, assuming the players get what they're supposed to get and can tackle," Andersen said.

Perhaps Andersen isn't that concerned with who starts at quarterback for LSU because he expects the Tigers' running backs to drive the offense. Terrence Magee, who was LSU's second-leading rusher last season, is back along with fellow senior Kenny Hilliard. Miles said freshman Leonard Fournette, widely regarded as one of the top high school running backs in the nation last year, is expected to make his college debut against the Badgers as well.

"He's going to want the opportunity to do everything that he can do. And certainly he'll play a role in this game," Miles said. "No reason for him to think about winning the Heisman (Trophy) tomorrow, OK. ... Just make a contribution. Do the things that you're slated to do."

Fournette was a physically overpowering rusher in high school, and it remains to be seen how well he'll respond against bigger, stronger and faster defenders at the major college level. Yet Miles has been pleased by Fournette's running against LSU's highly regarded defense in scrimmages this month.

"There will be better players on the field; certainly, it's going to not be the same," Miles said of Fournette's transition. "But it would be my suggestion that he's one of those guys that have taken hits against pretty good defense, and he's ready for that."

Fellow LSU running backs sound impressed as well.

"Obviously it's not high school, but I still think he's going to be able to get out there and do some of the things he's done in high school," Magee said. "He's that talented."

Notes: Miles said defensive back Jalen Mills, who was arrested this summer and charged with simple battery, is "preparing to play" on Saturday. Miles has declined to specify what Mills' "in-house" punishment is, and whether that might cost him any playing time against Wisconsin.


AP freelance writer Jim Hoehn in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this report.