October 24, 2014

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Combine update: Former LSU players praise coach Les Miles, an Elyria native

INDIANAPOLIS – Eight Louisiana State University Tigers are at the NFL scouting combine. That says a lot about the talent compiled by coach Les Miles, an Elyria High graduate and Elyria Sports Hall of Famer.

His former players had plenty to say about him throughout the weekend.

“Coach Miles, he’s a winner,” running back Stevan Ridley said. “They can say what they want to about him, they don’t like how he wins, but one thing about him — he wins. He finds a way. Close, some far, some luck, but at the end of the day it’s W’s being put on the board.

“So we know that and that’s what we buy into. We work hard every day and Coach Miles is not a coach that’s going to go in there and accept anything less than that.”

Miles received a lot of criticism last season for his game management. Every Saturday seemed to come down to the final seconds, whether it should’ve or not.

But when the smoke cleared, the Tigers went 11-2, won the Cotton Bowl and finished the season ranked eighth in the nation.

Receiver Terrence Toliver is projected as a mid- or late-round pick. He said a talk with Browns receivers coach Mike Wilson went well.

“It’s fun playing for Coach Miles,” Toliver said. “He takes the criticism but he don’t put it on our shoulders, he puts it all on his shoulders.

“He takes risks but they usually work.”

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