POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 9:31am
BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU’s preparations for Washington and its highly-touted quarterback Keith Price continued on Wednesday as the Tigers went through a two-hour workout here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
Kickoff between the third-ranked Tigers and the Huskies is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. from a sold out Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe on the call.
LSU enters the game with a 1-0 mark following its 41-14 season-opening win over North Texas. Washington opened its year with a 21-12 victory over San Diego State. It will be the third meeting between the Tigers and the Huskies with LSU holding a 2-0 advantage. The teams last met in Seattle in the 2009 season-opener with the Tigers winning 31-23.
“It was a good Wednesday practice, not unlike several that we’ve had,” head coach Les Miles told members of the media following the workout. “A good piece of the game plan is very well established. Those pieces that we’re working on need a little bit more work, which will be normal for a Thursday. I like where we’re at. I think we’re in a position to play well.”
Miles did announce that junior left tackle Chris Faulk will miss the Washington game with an injury.
“We’ve had a little bit of bad news,” Miles said of Faulk’s injury. “We don’t know exactly how bad. We hope to return sometime soon. I don’t know the specifics there.”
Miles said that it’s likely that sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk will fill in for Faulk against the Huskies.
“He (Dworaczyk) can play center, guard or tackle and play those positions very well,” Miles said “We will count on him to play well at left tackle. We do have other options with either Alex Hurst moving over from right tackle or La’el Collins sliding over from left guard. We have some options. It’s all going to work out; it’s just making it work out in the short term.”
Defensively, the Tigers will be faced with the task of limiting Price, who connected on 25-of-35 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown in Washington’s 21-12 season-opening win over San Diego State. Price’s top target a week ago was tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught nine passes for 82 yards.
“He has great size to go with good ball skills,” Miles said of Washington’s 6-foot-6 tight end. “It will be difficult to even man him up with a small linebacker. That would be the issue. You have to play physical and make sure there’s someone on you to contest the throw.”
Miles said he’s liked this week’s preparation and that he says Washington has the attention of his team.
“I don’t think we’ve prepared any differently,” Miles said. “I think there’s a sense of urgency that happens with any game. I think there’s a different feel when you play a tremendous opponent. I think that there’s a want for your team and an awareness in the players when they see the film that they need to step up. I think they’re seeing that today.”
The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon.