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LSU’s Les Miles Wins Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award: Fan’s Reaction
LSU's Les Miles took home his third Coach of the Year award on Jan. 4 when he was named the 2011 Walter Camp Coach of the Year. The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is awarded annually from the selection made by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Miles joins Jerry Stovall (1982) as the only LSU head coaches to win the award.
Our LSU Tigers won an SEC Championship (the second under Les Miles) and went 13-0 during the 2011 season with the BCS National Championship against No. 2 Alabama (11-1) left to play on Jan. 9. The 13-0 record was the first in LSU history. LSU defeating eight teams which were ranked at the time the game was played is also a school-record. The Tigers defeated all of their opponents except for Alabama by double digit margins.
The 2011 Tigers were the best LSU team I've seen personally. LSU ranked first in turnover margin, second in total defense and points allowed, third in rush defense and 12th in scoring offense. Those stats are even more impressive given the competition that the Tigers faced which includes six teams which are currently ranked (three in the top 10). On top of the competition on the field, Miles had to navigate off-field distractions in the form of suspended players.
I'm looking forward to the rematch against Alabama being more open offensively than the first game was. The second game against LSU and Alabama this season might look like the 2010 regular season matchup at Tiger Stadium which LSU won, 24-21. There will still be plenty of rushing attempts by both teams, but it should be LSU, not Alabama, that breaks out a trick play. I really feel that Miles is due to spring a good one in the title game.
In addition to the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award, Miles also won the Home Depot and the AP Coach of the Year Awards for his work in guiding LSU to the BCS title game. Miles is 75-17 as the LSU coach. He is the only SEC head coach to win to ever win at least 11 games in five of his first seven years in the league.
As an LSU fan, I'm glad to see Miles honored for his efforts this season against a tough schedule and off the field distractions.
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