Meet Jonathan Giles - the newest Tiger to wear No. 7

Jonathan Giles (Source: WAFB)
Jonathan Giles (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 9Sports team sat down Tuesday with the newest guy to wear No. 7 for LSU after former stars like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Leonard Fournette, and most recently, wide receiver DJ Chark.

Every Tiger fan knows there's nothing like Saturday night in Death Valley but why would Jonathan Giles, who caught nearly 70 passes for over 1,100 yards at Texas Tech in 2016, want to play for Ed Orgeron and LSU, where passing the football to wide receivers has been a bit of a root canal in recent years.

"Team success - LSU is known for having a great team, great tradition, great fan base," said Giles. "So, when Coach O called me, I told him right there I wanted to be part of a great team and just work together and reach the national championship."

Where else could you have gone?

"Oregon was my next option - Oregon and Florida State," the junior wide receiver replied.

Giles admitted it's been a bit of an adjustment going from the less physical and pass happy Big 12 to the more in your face and rough you up SEC defensive backs he's faced in practice.

"SEC - they're much bigger and there's a lot more man-to-man, pretty much every down. Big 12 - there's a lot of soft coverage, zone. But in the SEC, especially with us, there's a lot of press man, bump and run," Giles explained.

Getting Giles ready for the SEC is 73-year-old Jerry Sullivan, the senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator, who is an Obi-Wan Kenobi of the wide receiver position.

"For a guy that old, he isn't supposed to be moving around like that. Not only does he do a great job teaching us about fundamentals, but he also shows us video of him coaching in the NFL. So, we're doing the exact same thing he was doing with them in the NFL," Giles said.

Giles is part of a long list of wide receivers on the roster.

"This year, our strength is receiver. So, we're going to throw the ball, because we have so much talent. So, when people tell me, 'LSU isn't really a throwing team,' I shake my head at that. Because if we have talent in that room, we're going to use it," Giles added.

The fifth practice of fall camp for LSU will be held Wednesday before Orgeron meets with the media again Wednesday night.

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