Tigers wind down preparations for Oregon
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:48pm
BATON ROUGE, La — LSU continued to fine tune its game plan for Saturday’s season-opener against third-ranked Oregon on Wednesday as the Tigers went through a shells (helmets and shoulder pads) workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The Tigers will practice against on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday morning before departing for Arlington, Texas. LSU and Oregon square off in one of the most anticipated season-openers in school history at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Cowboys Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ABC.
“Really, the hard work of the week’s finished, and we are having a lot of very good practices,” head coach Les Miles said following the workout. “We were sharp and very crisp today. I liked the tempo of the workout. I think our guys have done a great job of focusing on the game plan. We have two more days to polish. We are looking forward to Saturday.”
LSU turns to Jarrett Lee at quarterback on Saturday as the fifth-year senior will be starting for the 10th time in his career, but the first in a season-opener. Lee, a Brenham, Texas native, goes into the Oregon game with a 5-4 record as a starter at quarterback.
Miles said he’s excited to see Lee perform on Saturday.
“He’s got so much experience,” Miles said. “He’s taken the field as a starter before, and now, even having played some part-time role last year, he’s able to draw from those experiences. I really think that (Coach) Kragthorpe did a great job working with [Lee’s] mechanics and the development of his knowledge. I am looking forward to watching him play. I think he’s ready and I predict that he’ll play very well.”
Miles noted that Lee has the confidence of his teammates, so much that he was an overwhelming choice as the offensive game captain for the Oregon game.
“I think it’s obvious that he’s a great teammate,” Miles said. “That’s part of the package. He had an overwhelming vote for the offensive side (as game captain), and I think his team has confidence in him.”
Miles said that the Tigers have done a good job of preparing for the season-opener despite some of the off-the-field distractions that have saddled the team recently.
“The football routine has not really been upset much,” Miles said. “We changed the cast a little bit, but our practice has been the same. The style of effort that we’ve seen has been the same, and maybe the best part of the routine was the football. The guys could step on the field, put things in the background and really concentrate on the task at hand.”