LSU football: 10 greatest players of the Les Miles era

Les Miles had brought tons of talent to Baton Rouge during his tenure as the head coach of the LSU Tigers, but these are the 10 greatest.

LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles
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LSU Les Miles Russell. 529. . JaMarcus Russell. JaMarcus Russell. 7. . QB. 2003-2006. player

Career passing yards: 6,625 Career passing touchdowns: 52

On the defensive side, Miles inherited Landry, but on offense, he inherited JaMarcus Russell. Russell played in 11 games for Nick Saban in 2004 as a redshirt freshman, but only threw for 1,053 yards.

Under Les Miles in 2005, Russell started to unlock his potential but didn’t fully blossom until 206 as a junior. Russell was unbelievably talented with a huge arm and averaged 9.1 yards per attempt with a 67.8% completion rate. He threw for 3,129 yards in 2006 and led LSU to 11-2 for the second straight season. 

Russell won back-to-back New Year’s Six Bowls, the 2006 Peach Bowl, and the 2007 Sugar Bowl. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft and one of the biggest draft busts in history. His NFL career didn’t pan out, but he still deserves recognition as an LSU legend.