LSU coach Les Miles has come to the defense of offensive lineman Josh Boutte after Boutte’s blindside hit on Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon, though the coach said he still has to see the film.
Dixon’s interception of LSU QB Brandon Harris secured the Badgers’ upset of No. 5 LSU, though the nasty hit by Boutte grabbed a good amount of attention after the game. Boutte was ejected for the hit.
Dixon went down after the interception, even though he wasn’t touched. By college rules, the play is over. Dixon got up and ran around to celebrate his interception when Boutte hit him.
Speaking after the game, Miles said Boutte isn’t “a malicious guy.”
Here’s what Miles had to say, as reported by NOLA.com‘s Andrew Lopez:
“I grabbed him right away when it happened,” Miles told reporters after the game. “I’ll have to see the film. He’s an offensive lineman in protection. What happens downfield many times, you can be protecting beyond the play with the idea you don’t know if the ball is even thrown.
“It’s very logical he did not know the guy had gone down and was just running. He just came up on a guy he thought was returning the ball and made a tackle. And that’s what he said (to Miles), and I believe it. He’s not a malicious guy. I can’t imagine he saw him go down and went and made a tackle.”
Both the SEC and LSU haven’t yet announced any punishments or suspensions for Boutte.
As for Dixon, he said he’s “been hit harder.”
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