LSU Practices In Shells Wednesday Before WCU

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LSU Practices In Shells Wednesday Before WCU

BATON ROUGE — The LSU football team practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon in shells at the LSU Practice Facility. Today’s practice marked second to last workout this week before the season opener against Division I-AA Western Carolina.

The Tigers had a brief individual workout before spending ten minutes in seven-on-seven drills. LSU then spent the rest of today’s practice working in teams to fine tune the Tiger’s game plan for Saturday’s match-up with the Catamounts.

“We moved the schedule up this week to try and cut back a little bit early so that we can get some back end rest for the game,” LSU head coach Nick Saban said. “We got an extra days practice in pads because we started last Friday in shells and practices Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in pads. Today we practiced in shells, tomorrow we’ll practice in shells, and we’ll just walk through on Friday.”

The Tigers final practice is tomorrow afternoon. They will go through a walk-through Friday afternoon at the stadium. Kick-off for Saturday’s game is 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Tiger Stadium.

Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s game at the LSU Ticket Office or by calling (225) 388-2184. Tickets are also available on the Internet at www.lsusports.net.

LSU Football Coach Nick Saban’s Comments to the media after Wednesday’s practice:

“We moved the schedule up this week to try and cut back a little bit early so that we can get some back end rest for the game. We got an extra days practice in pads because we started last Friday in shells and practices Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in pads. Today we practiced in shells, tomorrow we’ll practice in shells, and we’ll just walk through on Friday.

We still have a significant number of things to try and go over so that we can minimize the mistakes in the first game, whether it’s game organization or game plan implementation for the players. We always have first game type things that we try to cover so that you hope you don’t have a lot problems in bench organization or administrative type situations during the game. That was our primary focus out there today.

We had a good workday. Brandon Winey is the only guy that is still questionable for this game. He practiced yesterday and was doing well. He got a little sore so we held him out today, and we’ll just have to reevaluate him and go day-to-day.

I know the players are looking forward to getting the opportunity to compete against someone else. I think they are pretty tired of playing against one another. We are looking forward to playing a game, seeing where we are, seeing what we need to work on, and how we can get this team better.

(on the heat this afternoon)
I’ve been a little bit concerned about getting the players back and having a fresh team for the game on Saturday. That’s why we are cutting down a day early. We cut down the amount of time we were on the field today about 15 to 20 minutes. We are having a (session) for about 10 minutes in the meeting rooms with the offense and defense right now, so that we get a little mental practice for some of the time we weren’t on the field. It has been hot just about everyday this week. The players have done a good job pushing through it. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll get a little break, and we’ll take Friday off. I think that will help us bounce back a little as well.

(on facing Division 1?AA Western Carolina)
Everybody in college football has good football players and good enough football players to be dangerous. So I think that everybody needs to respect that, with any team that we are playing. (Western Carolina) has a quarterback that beat Georgia Tech last year that was a pretty good football team. They won a lot more games than we did last year. And he will be playing quarterback for them. I think we have a lot more to lose than they have to lose relative to their competition and who they’ll play after this game and who we will. We are trying to have the focus that we need to prepare for the game and make it important to how costly it would be for us we weren’t successful.”