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October 16, 2013

LSU focusing on Wallace

Ole Miss nearly upset LSU last season due to the offensive work of quarterback Bo Wallace.

Wallace accounted for 364 yards and four of the Rebels' five touchdowns in their 41-35 loss. Wallace averaged almost 21 yards on his 15 completions - two of which resulted in touchdowns. He also averaged almost five yards on his 11 carries - two of which ended as touchdowns.

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Ole Miss will attempt to snap its three-game losing streak when the Tigers visit Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night. LSU coach Les Miles knows that his defense must contain Wallace in order to prevent a Rebels upset victory.

"Bo Wallace is one of the reasons the Ole Miss offense is so successful," said Miles at his post-practice press conference Wednesday evening. "If you are not prepared to take the quarterback on that option read, he'll run. He's a very capable runner.

"You have to account for the quarterback and then tackle well. You have to defend him with multiplicity. You can't just sit on the run and let him throw. Then, you can't get in coverage and let them run. You have to mix it up and disguise."

Miles is hoping his offense will be able to show balance against an injury-riddled Ole Miss defense. Zach Mettenberger passed for just 152 yards against Florida. But, a Jeremy Hill-led running attack took over.

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"We're the same offense each week whether we are on the road at Mississippi State or some other place," Miles said. "We want to balance the run and the pass. Florida allowed us to run the ball and we did. We do look to throw the football on a week-to-week basis."

The Tigers will be playing their eighth consecutive game this week. LSU will take on Furman before getting its first open date of 2013. Miles admitted his Tigers need a rest, but there are few injuries.

"Any time you play game after game over time, it has an effect on you," Miles said. "We are not fresh as daisies, but we are pretty healthy. We have cut down our practice time some since we first got here. We have enough practice to learn and improve."

According to Miles, defensive end Jordan Allen will be available for the Ole Miss game. He said that linebacker Tahj Jones practiced some Wednesday and will work a little more Thursday. Then, a decision will be made on Jones' status for Saturday's game.

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