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Les Miles: Texans get 'steal' in RB Alfred Blue

Posted May 14, 2014

LSU head coach Les Miles enthusiastically endorsed the Texans' drafting of running back Alfred Blue.

With the 181st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Texans committed theft by taking LSU running back Alfred Blue. Or so said his former head coach, Les Miles.

"He was absolutely a steal," Miles said Wednesday a Houston Touchdown Club Luncheon. "He will play special teams snaps, start to finish. I think you guys will love him."

The 6th-round ball-carrier averaged 5.9 yards a pop in his career for the Tigers, and played in 40 career games. He only started seven during his time in Baton Rouge, but Miles doesn't doubt that he'll be an impact player in Houston.

"Alfred Blue will be a great addition to the team," Miles said. "One, he's a very bright player. A very talented guy. Two years ago when we started the season, he may well have been the finest back in our conference."

Blue was off to a stellar 2012, cracking the 100-yard mark against North Texas and Washington. But a knee injury in a Week 3 win over Idaho ended his season, and he finished with 270 yards on 40 carries.

"He took some time to rebound off the injury," Miles said. "But his speed is very good. His ball skills are great. He will run aggressively."

Miles also said Blue's nickname is 'Cheese' becuase of his 'big smile'.

"You know: 'Say Cheese'."

Blue will get his first reps as a professional when the Texans conduct their rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday.

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