Miles defends Harris, says stats versus Wisconsin are misleading

Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers waits near the bench area before the start of their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers waits near the bench area before the start of their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

LSU head coach Les Miles spent much of his media briefing Tuesday talking about his team’s offense, or lack of in a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin.

Miles defended quarterback Brandon Harris. Harris was 12 of 21 passing for 131 yards and 2 interceptions, including one in the final minute that clinched the win for Wisconsin. Miles said Harris’ stats should have been better.

Miles said Harris has performed well in preseason scrimmages. "He has tools that every quarterback would want," said Miles of Harris. " A rifle arm and good feet."

Miles said if back up quarterback Danny Etling were to play, he hoped it would be not to "out of necessity to claim victory."

Miles did announce a change. He said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would leave the sidelines and return upstairs to the coaching booth.

Miles said tailback Leonard Fournette, suffered a leg "contusion" against Wisconsin. He said Fournette did not practice Monday, but is expected to play against Jacksonville State.

Kickoff is 6:32 pm Saturday at Tiger Stadium.