One day after suspending offensive lineman Josh Boutte one game for his late hit on Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon, LSU coach Les Miles elaborated on the issue and tried to explain Boutte’s thought process.
On Tuesday, Miles said Boutte made a mistake on the hit and that Boutte called Dixon to apologize and to say there was no intention to hurt him, as reported by SEC Country‘s Alex Hickey.
LM: Josh made mistake. He called the Wisconsin player and apologized and stayed on the phone to say what he saw.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 6, 2016
But Miles still tried to defend Boutte. The coach said Boutte had an “instinctive reaction” on the play in that when Boutte turned around, he saw a player with the ball and thought it was a live play.
Officials also had problems with how Boutte made no attempt to try and tackle Dixon. Miles still tried to explain how Boutte hit Dixon.
“I talked to the head of officials, and he says, the reason I called it egregious was because he didn’t try and tackle him,” Miles said. “Well, when you’re 6-6 and you weigh 330, you have a difficult time bending your body down to get anything on a guy that’s flying by there, so whatever you can get your body to do, you do. That’s why offensive line bodies don’t play defense.”