HOOVER, Ala. -- His son went to camp in Boston, his oldest daughter is chasing personal time at Texas, his eldest son Manny left for UNC, Ben is getting ready for a junior year at Catholic and it's giving him fits that Macy is growing up.
That was the update LSU coach Les Miles gave us on the final day in Hoover at SEC Media Days.
Amidst all the coach speak we've heard this week, amidst all the cost of attendance questions, all the quarterback battle responses, all the shoe jokes -- and yes, Miles had one of his own bringing a pair of Converse up on stage -- it was refreshing to hear some stuff relating to humans. Seriously, it was.
Fournette wearing bright red bow tie and pants. He said Les Miles told him he wished he had a can of purple spray paint with him.— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) July 16, 2015
Coming into 2015 with a Heisman candidate in Leonard Fournette -- yes, his odds in Vegas are 12/1, 8th-best among all players -- Miles has to be excited.
"Certainly, Leonard Fournette might well be worthy of that conversation," said Miles of his prospects to win the coveted trophy. "That's not my focus. I hope it's not his focus because the whole piece is putting the team together and having him do his part. If he just does his part, he'll be in the mix."
Is it Fournette's focus? He did strike the pose after his first touchdown last year against Sam Houston State.
"It happened in the moment. It was my first collegiate touchdown ever, I was excited, but it was selfish of me," said Fournette of the touchdown. "I'm not focused on the Heisman. At the end of the day, the national championship wins the trophy for the team. That's my main goal."
To do that, LSU will need to be able to pass the ball, too.
Like Georgia, like Alabama, like Ole Miss, Florida, and even South Carolina, LSU's quarterback situation is in question. Although losing John Chavis to Texas A&M will presumably cause the defense to take some hit, it's apparent that a quarterback is the biggest question for this Tigers team.
"John has been a great guy for us, and I have great respect for him, just a tremendous person," Miles said of Chavis. On the quarterback situation, though, he added, "The good news is we have a guy who's started eight games or so and we have a guy that's been around it now and played through two springs and been through a fall. So our quarterback play will be better, legitimately."
He enjoyed going to the Red Sox game this summer with his son, he's excited to see his daughter come home this weekend and he says his other son is having a great summer.
Great to hear. And hopefully for Tigers fans, all of that will translate to a successful season in the Southeastern Conference.