One Week Left Before Western Carolina

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One Week Left Before Western Carolina

BATON ROUGE — The LSU football team spent two and a half hours at the LSU Practice Fields in full pads Saturday afternoon preparing for the 2000 season opener next Saturday night against Western Carolina.

LSU briefly concentrated on individual drills through the first three periods before moving on to team oriented situations. A large portion of Saturday’s practice utilized the Tiger’s scout teams in preparation for the Catamounts.

“We had a good work day today,” head coach Nick Saban said after practice. “The players were focused in trying to work through what was a pretty difficult practice day. I was very pleased with the effort and how some guys competed. I think the key to the drill is that we need more players on the field to be able to continue to persevere and overcome adversity and compete the way you need to compete.”

Coach Saban also made an announcement concerning the battle over the starting quarterback situation.

“We have been working two quarterbacks,” Saban said. “Rohan (Davey) was a guy that wasn’t able to do quite as much work in two-a-days, but he’s made good progress, and he feels good right now. He’s worked well in the scrimmage and in the practices yesterday and today. But I think we have a No. 1 quarterback, and that’s Josh (Booty). And we have a No. 1 a quarterback and that’s Rohan. We’ll make a decision how we play those guys in the first game a little bit closer to game time.

“I feel really good about both (quarterbacks),” Saban continued. “I think the players on the team feel really good about both. And I think our disposition is that the players on the team should support whoever is in the game being the quarterback. Both guys have done enough, accomplished enough and shown enough leadership in what they’ve done that the offensive football team respects them both.”

No practice is scheduled for tomorrow. The Tigers will next practice Monday afternoon, the first of four practices before the Tigers open the 2000 season against Western Carolina next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Tiger Stadium.

Tickets for the Sept. 2 game are still on sale at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office. Those tickets returned by Western Carolina are still available for LSU students, faculty and staff members. The reduced price tickets can be purchase for $10 with a valid LSU ID at the Ticket Office.

“There is nothing that I would like to see more for our players than to sell out that first game,” Saban said. “It’s the first game in new Tiger Stadium. It’s the first game of the new millennium. And hopefully there will be enough people that rally around and support this football team.”

Quotes from LSU Head Coach Nick Saban who addressed the media after Saturday afternoon’s practice.

“We had a good work day today. The players were focused in trying to work through what was a pretty difficult practice day. I was very pleased with the effort and how some guys competed. I think the key to the drill is that we need more players on the field to be able to continue to persevere and overcome adversity and compete the way you need to compete.

“I’m starting to see the leadership of the team emerge and show some disappointment at times with guys that aren’t able to compete the way they feel the standard should be relative to playing winning football. I think that’s a good thing. It’s a positive thing. And it’s something that we’ll definitely need throughout this football season. Coaches can only lead so much, and you need to establish leadership on your team on both sides of the ball so the players can do it in the game because the coaches can’t be out there.

“We are relatively healthy. Brandon Winey was back in sweats today after working a little bit. Dwayne (Pierce) continues to show improvement. Jeremy Lawrence is improving but has a similar situation with one of those cornea abrasions. I’m not sure exactly what he has. He doesn’t have any swelling right now, but it bothers him when he runs and works hard. So we are just brining him back slowly and hopefully he’ll continue to progress on a daily basis. We feel good about the condition of our team.”

“I visited with both the quarterbacks today, and made a decision. We have been working two quarterbacks. Rohan (Davey) was a guy that wasn’t able to do quite as much work in two-a-days, but he’s made good progress, and he feels good right now and has worked well in the scrimmage and in the practices yesterday and today. But I think we have a No. 1 quarterback, and that’s Josh (Booty). And we have a No. 1a quarterback and that’s Rohan. We’ll make a decision how we play those guys in the first game a little bit closer to game time.

“I feel really good about both (quarterbacks). I think the players on the team feel really good about both. And I think our disposition is that the players on the team should support whoever is in the game being the quarterback. Both guys have done enough, accomplished enough and shown enough leadership in what they’ve done that the offensive football team respects them both.

“I have talked a lot about how our players need to be supportive. Our players have worked hard. They worked hard today. I mean they really worked hard today. They have worked hard in this camp and they have worked hard in the off-season program, in spring practice, this summer. They need to be supported by the fans. And there is nothing that I would like to see more for our players than to sell out that first game. It’s the first game in new Tiger Stadium. It’s the first game of the new millennium. And hopefully there will be enough people that rally around and support this football team. I hope that they will show there support because of LSU and our pride and passion for what we do, and that they will be there and fill this place up and have the kind of enthusiasm and excitement that is going to help our players play well for 60 minutes in the game.”