Saban looks for aggression vs. Kentucky

LSU head coach Nick Saban said Monday that a more aggressive approach from his team could have made a difference in its 44-15 loss to Florida. So it was no surprise to find Saban repeatedly stressing the need for aggression in the Tigers' practice session on Tuesday – four days before their showdown with Kentucky.

Saban made it quite clear he was not pleased with the way his defensive backs were performing in a drill that required them to tackle a running back coming out of the backfield. Reserve and walk-on DBs were able to fake out the majority of the Tigers first and second string secondary players, leading Saban to call out the latter players for their lack of execution. The No. 1 and 2 corners and safeties fared somewhat better when they moved on to 7-on-7 exercises.

Redshirt freshman Derron Parquet continued working with the defensive backs on Tuesday, following a move to the defense made late last week. Saban was working with wide receiver Corey Webster and running back Ryan Gilbert last week when he was short on cornerbacks, but both players have worked exclusively with the offense this week – at least during the portion of practice open to the media.

Injured junior corner Norman LeJeune took part in practice Tuesday but continues to work out in a red no-contact jersey. Other players with the dame designation on Tuesday were tight end Robert Royal and running back LaBrandon Toefield.

Redshirt freshmen quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall took the entirety of the snaps early in the practice, although starting senior Rohan Davey was back at practice in full gear. Both Davey (knee) and Mauck (foot) were not dressed out for Monday's practice but returned Tuesday and didn't seem hampered during the opening 45 minutes of practice.

Four players remain out of practice and are doubtful for the Kentucky game. Offensive guard Dwayne Pierce (ankle) and running back Devery Henderson (ankle) were on the practice field wearing protective braces on their injured extremities, while defensive tackle Muskingum Barnes was absent from the Ponderosa for a second consecutive day of practice due to an unspecified illness. Cornerback Robert Davis continues to mend from the knee injury he suffered against Utah State.

With Pierce not available as a starter on the offensive line, coaches moved true freshman Ben Wilkerson to the slot. John Young played in relief of Pierce when he went down with his injury early against Florida, and Wilkerson was used at center when Rob Sale had to go to the sideline briefly.

Tiger Rag projects Wilkerson as a starter at right guard against Kentucky, with the possibility that he could move to center if needed again. Young will probably back up Wilkerson at guard and move to center in an emergency situation.

LSU will travel to Kentucky to meet the Wildcats in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

The game will be televised back to Louisiana on a pay-per-view basis via TigerVision.

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