Coaches look for intensity in Tuesday practice

Amid dark skies and loud, angry bellows from its coaching staff, the LSU football team returned to the practice fields Tuesday, preparing for Saturday's season-opening showdown with Tulane.

"We're certainly looking forward to the season and it's great to be in game week," head coach Nick Saban said Monday. "I think the players are probably a little bit tired of practicing against one another, hitting one another and competing against one another. I'm sure that getting started in the season will be something that they are really looking forward to."

As Saban stated Monday, the Tigers broke out of fall camp with nary a serious injury. Reserve linebacker Lionel Turner, who sustained a knee injury last week, is the only player who would've played Saturday that won't see action. Dressed in a purple practice jersey, purple shorts and an LSU baseball cap, Turner watched as his teammates went through three 7-minute individual drills before going into team preparations.

Only one player — senior captain and tight end Robert Royal, who twisted his ankle last week — dressed in a red no-contact jersey Tuesday afternoon. Another injured Tiger, senior receiver Reggie Robinson, showed up at practice with a hard plastic neck brace to check out his pass-catching cronies.

Between the sidelines, most of the LSU coaches, including Saban, were a little louder and more demanding than usual Tuesday afternoon, urging player to move quickly from station to station and to concentrate on each repetition.

"I'd like to see our players have a better attitude internally, which means an attitude of dominance to me," Saban said Monday. "Dominance, to me, is internal. It comes from inside — ‘I'm gonna dominate you, and eventually it's gonna come from inside of you, that you're going to let me dominate you, because you're tired of getting (worn) out.' "

Meanwhile, Green Wave coach Chris Scelfo said he plans to make some changes to a defense that surrendered 70 points and 734 yards to Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, to start the season three days ago.

According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a pair of freshmen — weakside linebacker Brandon Spincer and defensive end Brandon Rottmayer — were slated to begin working with the first-defense Tuesday.

"I just didn't see the intensity or the want-to," Scelfo said. "We know our shortcomings from a talent standpoint and our youth, but whether you're a freshman or a senior, you've got to go out there and play."

The Tigers will practice again Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. before a Friday walk-through in Tiger Stadium, which is sold out for Saturday night when LSU hosts Tulane at 7 p.m.

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