September 24, 2009

Miles talking Mississippi State

LSU head coach Les Miles should have plenty of confidence when his team steps off the bus in Starkville on Saturday.

Not only is his team ranked seventh in the country, Miles is also 4-0 against Mississippi State. His Tigers have won the last nine meetings in the series. But despite his success against MSU, Miles has a great deal of admiration for the Bulldogs.

"I really have great respect for Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State team," Miles said. "They are well coached and playing awfully hard. I think there is going to be a lot of excitement in Starkville. I think it's going to be a heck of a game."

Miles is 2-0 playing at Davis Wade Stadium including a 45-0 shutout to begin the 2007 season.

LSU has went head-to-head with the Bulldogs more than any other team and hold a 66-33-3 record in the series and have won 16 of the last 17 contests. MSU's only win during that span was a 17-16 homecoming upset over a then No. 12 ranked Tiger team in 1999.

The Bulldogs enter Saturday's contest at 2-1 on the year with a 1-1 league mark. State dropped a 49-24 game on the road to Auburn before responding with a 15-9 victory at Vanderbilt last week. Miles can seen signs of improvement on film from Mississippi State.

"With each game a team improves," Miles said. "The noticeable improvement from the first game through is there. I think they are playing a little more confident and want to win. You can see it on film that they are better."

One player on the current Bulldog roster that Miles is keeping a close eye on is junior college transfer wide receiver/ return man Leon Berry. Berry has hauled in seven passes for 77 yards as well as returning 10 kickoffs for 256 yards and five punts for 52 yards. He also returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown last week at Vanderbilt before it was called back due to holding.

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