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Tigers Scrimmage Before Break, Trip to Orlando

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Tigers Scrimmage Before Break, Trip to Orlando

BATON ROUGE ? LSU put the finishing touches on its first nine days of practice for the Capital One Bowl with a two-hour scrimmage here Tuesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. 

The Tigers will now break for the next three days before heading to Orlando, Fla., on the morning of Dec. 26 to start their on-site preparation for the New Year’s Day contest against Penn State. LSU will have five practices and one walk-through in Orlando leading up to the contest against the Nittany Lions. 

LSU and Penn State will meet at noon CST on Jan. 1 in the Capital One Bowl in what will be just the second meeting between the two programs. The game will be televised nationally by ABC.

“I like what we have accomplished during our nine days of practice,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We have practiced hard and improved all phases of our team. We really did some things we needed to do to get better. I thought it was a productive nine days of practice.”

Tuesday’s scrimmage had Miles and the coaching staff putting the first and second units through 40 snaps each. The scrimmage was situational in nature as it had the Tigers focusing on different aspects of the game such as third-down, goalline, redzone and special teams.

“We got a lot accomplished,” Miles said of the scrimmage. “I’ll be the first one to tell you we aren’t ready to play a game today. I can tell you that we needed this (scrimmage),  this simulation if you will, so that our coaching staff could take this film to Orlando and go right through it to look at the game plan, what we need to fix and what we need to square away.

“It will be a great piece for us and a great film to teach from.”

Another piece of news that came out of the LSU camp today was that senior running back Charles Scott will not play in the Capital One Bowl against Penn State. Scott has been out of action since the third quarter of the Alabama game with a broken collarbone.

“It appears to me that Charles Scott will not be able to play against Penn State in the bowl game,” Miles said. “If he had just a couple of more weeks, I’m certain he’d probably play in this game. We certainly miss him and we’ve missed him every day that he hasn’t been on the field with us.

“I think it’s smart and wise for him to continue his rehabilitation, work hard and get it all squared away so he can be ready for the NFL.”

Scott capped his LSU career as the seventh leading rusher in school history with 2,371 yards to go along with 32 touchdowns.

Miles said the Tigers have worked hard for the past two weeks and that his team has earned a few days off.

“Going into the break, I told our guys to go home, relax and get off their feet,” Miles said. “I told them to enjoy those people that love and support them. Enjoy celebrating Christmas as you would moderately and get ready to come back to Orlando, rejoin this team and play.”