Focus good from Tigers in open week

The lack of an opponent last weekend and again this weekend did not do much to dampen the spirit of the LSU football team as it practiced during a light drizzle on Wednesday.

The Tigers continue to implement a game plan for their next opponent, the Tennessee Volunteers, who they will face on Sept. 29. It will be the first game for LSU since it beat Utah State on Sept. 8.

The Tigers game against Auburn was postponed until Dec. 1 in the wake of last week's terrorist attack on the United States. On the back of each of the Tigers' helmets, equipment managers have placed a decal of the American flag.

Wednesday's practice took place with the Tigers wearing full pads, and only three players did not take part. Cornerback Robert Davis continues to mend from strained knee ligaments, and defensive ends Kenderick Allen and Jarvis Green observed the workouts from the sidelines due to unspecified reasons.

The mood during Wednesday's practice was a light one, as senior wide receiver LaVar Johnson led the team through a spirited session of jumping jacks. Head coach Nick Saban had to pause a chuckle when defensive backs Randall Gay and Travis Daniels took one another out on a coverage drill.

The Tigers will probably practice in "shells" for the remainder of the week before beginning preparations for Tennessee in earnest on Monday.

SEC Championship time set: The Southeastern Conference Championship game, rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, will kickoff at 8 p.m. Eastern amd will be televised nationally by CBS Sports. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, but tragic national events of last week postponed games scheduled for Sept. 15 and conference games from that date were moved to Dec. 1.

The Tennessee at Florida game, which was scheduled for last weekend and moved to Dec. 1, will be televised lived nationall by CBS Sports with kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Other conference games to be played on Dec. 1 include Vanderbilt at Ole Miss and Auburn at LSU. Kickoff times and television coverage for those games witll be announced at a later date.

Two of the six non-conference games scheduled for Sept. 15 have been moved to Dec. 1. Kentuck will visit INdiana for a 1 p.m. Eastern kickoff and Georgia will host Houston at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Announcements concerning other non-conference games will be made at a later date.

Davey named to AFCA Good Works Team: LSU quarterback Rohan Davey is one of 11 players at the NCAA Division I-A level that has been named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, the AFCA announced on Wednesday.

The team honors players for their dedication and commitment to community service.

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized for your accomplishments off the field of play," Davey said. "I've always wanted to be the type of athlete who gave back to the community. We lose perspective sometimes and forget how fortunate we are to be able to play athletics for LSU. We're just as fortunate to be able to give back to the community. I think it sends the right message in the sense that, even though we may be successful on the field, we really do care.

"The kids that I've been fortunate enough to meet really stick out. It's a great feeling to see the way they look up to you and know that you can influence them in a positive way. It's amazing when you go to talk to kids or go to a banquet and see the look in their eyes, kind of like, 'I can't believe you're here.' It's a great feeling to be able to give something back."

Davey, an LSU team captain for the second straight year, is an active participant in the LSU Champs program and he also speaks regularly  t local elementary and middle schools.

Davey has been the featured speaker at the Mohican Elementary School Awards program and last year, he was the featured speaker at Law Day, where he underwent the naturalization process in front of more than 1,500 elementary students.

Davey also serves on a panel at North Dale Academy to discuss the issues of violence, drugs and alcohol and other issues with the students.

"It says a lot about the character of these young men that they can find the time to devote themselves to the community," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "It is our pleasure to honor these student-athletes for all they have done."

2001 AFCA Division I-A Good Works Team






Brooks Bollinger




Grand Forks, N.D.

Rohan Davey





Nick Eason




Lyons, Ga.

Joaquin Gonzales





Patrick Kabongo





Graham Manley




Olney, Md.

Chris Porter

Texas-El Paso



San Antonio

John Richardson

Boston College




Charles Robinson




Oceanside, Calif.

John Stinchcomb




Lilburn, Ga.

Eli Wnek




Glendale, Ariz.


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