Despite Gators' struggles against Alabama, LSU's Les Miles impressed with Demps and Rainey
Florida's running game may have been nonexistent against Alabama last week, but LSU coach Les Miles said it remains a part of the Gators' offense the Tigers are wary of. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey combined for just eight yards against the Tide, but Miles said that's not indicative of what he knows they are capable of.
"It’s certainly another dynamic to the offense that you have to defend,'' Miles said. "And we’ve kind of run into those offenses early in our season, so it would be something that we would have some familiarity with. Great speed on the field is certainly one of the most difficult characteristics to defend. It makes small space into big space and it’s a very elusive feature. You’re going to have to handle the line of scrimmage, you’re going to have to play responsible football, and you’re going to have to tackle quickly and efficiently. It’s just another piece that you have to defend,''
Miles stopped short of comparing Demps and Rainey to any other running backs LSU has seen this season, but
"I think they are pretty exceptional players,'' Miles said. "I don’t know that I could say that they’re like LaMichael James or I can’t say they are like that great player that West Virginia had. I think speed and ability are similar, but I think those guys are unique to themselves.''