LSU goes through final drills before spring game

LSU held its last organized practice of spring 2004 on Thursday. Coaches will have Saturday's spring game in Tiger Stadium to get one last look at the football team before the summer. And it appears that Nick Saban has been pleased with what he's seen from his defending national champions so far.

"I've been pretty pleased with the progress we made this spring," Saban told reporters after practice. "I was really pleased with the way we competed and the intensity we scrimmaged with."

Saban added that the team spent the final week working on specific situations and also on 2004 opponents.

"I feel good about the player evaluations that we've been able to do," Saban said. "We've moved a lot of guys around to a lot of different places, and I feel that by gaining that knowledge of seeing guys do different things that we've got a better chance to put the pieces of the puzzle back together next year. Especially when fall camp starts and we get a chance to look at some of the freshmen."

Defensive line, linebacker and receiver were all outlined by Saban as positions where depth is thin, but the recruiting class of 2004 contains several players who will likely contribute in those areas.

"We could use some help in some areas, and I'm hopeful that those guys will be able to do it," Saban explained.

"We're looking forward to having a good game on Saturday," Saban said about the 1 p.m. spring game. "We obviously had our draft yesterday and I think the teams are pretty equally split up. Hopefully the players will go out and compete. We'll keep it very very simple and just hope that everybody plays hard and gives a lot of effort, can go out there and execute and play together as a group."

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