PRACTICE REPORT: August 13-Morning

Les Miles thought a change in scenery might in order for the first Saturday morning practice.

The team moved practice from the Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility, where they have been all this week, to a barren Tiger Stadium, where three weeks from today will be filled with over 91,000 screaming fans.

Players' families watched the workout from the stands as relatives and guests were allowed inside this morning's open practice.

The media was only given a glimpse into today's practice as it was limited to only three periods.

During this time, the quarterbacks worked with the running backs on smooth exchanges.

"This wasn't the kind of day the quarterbacks were really tested," Miles said. "We were first and ten, some short yardage and goal line, and some of the things we did did not necessarily really rely on them being great players, but all three were playing pretty well."

There did not seem to be any miscues during these drills, as players appear to be gaining trust in each other.

"I think the team knows what to expect from our quarterback position."

Shyrone Carey looked impressive as he and JaMarcus Russell worked on handoffs. The 203 pound running back appears to have hit the weights during the off season as he tries to rebound from a disappointing season last year.

Jesse Daniels practiced in full pads today, yet continues to nurse his right wrist. Although he was fully dressed, he wore the green jersey from Friday morning's practice and avoided any contact while executing the drills.

Miles said that overall, the secondary has looked sharp except in some cases where room for improvement exists.

"In seven-on-seven we had a couple of things come wide open, but I think we'll be fine," he said.

Miles also added that today was the first scrimmage for the team with actual tackling, but insists that the quarterbacks will not be hit during any practices.

"We're going to go to the game with our quarterbacks in green jerseys, and we're not going to touch our quarterbacks."

Despite some early inconsistencies in the kicking game last season, Miles is pleased with the progress shown.

"We were pretty sharp on our field goals. I enjoyed our punts and kickoffs. Those were the phases we looked at today, and all three look pretty good."

One player that has caught Miles' eye is punter Pat Fisher.

"Patrick Fisher's punting the ball really well. I think he's going to contribute if not be a factor, maybe the starter at punter."

Miles said that while he would prefer Chris Jackson to concentrate on kicking, he will choose the starter based on performance.

"I want to put the best guy out there. The best guy by practice and the best guy who has earned the job, so that our team could expect the best play."

The view from inside the stadium gives a better image on the west side construction.

Crews were out this morning pouring concrete into the press boxes and luxury suites. Only one section remains to be built as they have started putting seats in the upper sections that were weather proofed earlier this week.

The team will have a light practice early tomorrow as they prepare for Media Day and Fan Day.

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