Tigers continue preparations for Florida

LSU continued with a quick pace at practice on Wednesday as the eighth-ranked Tigers worked out for just over two hours here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility in preparation for Saturday's game against Chris Leak and 11th-ranked Florida.

Kickoff for Saturday's contest is set for 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS.

"It was a fast-paced practice," LSU coach Les Miles said following the workout. "We got better today. We gave some guys time off today because of some nicks and bruises, but it was a workload Wednesday for us."

Among those players who continue to workout in hopes of playing on Saturday include wide receiver Craig Davis and offensive guard Brett Helms. Davis played last week and according to Miles, "has a good chance of playing" against Florida. Helms has been out of action since the Tennessee game.

In preparation for facing the Southeastern Conference's No. 1 rated passer in Leak, the Tigers have used freshman Ryan Perrilloux as the scout team quarterback this week.

"I think he's done a great job, just watching the defense talk about the throws he's made and the way he does business on that end." Miles said of Perrilloux's simulation of Leak this week, "He's done a great job of helping us get ready."

While the Tiger defense continues to prepare for Leak and the Florida offense, Miles said LSU has been just as busy getting ready for a talented Gator defense. Florida enters the contest allowing only 15.3 points and just 257 yards per game.

"I think they are very talented," Miles said. "Their corners are fast and athletic, and their safety will hit you. They also seem to put extra guys in the box and their front is also very capable."

The Florida game will mark the first Saturday contest in Tiger Stadium for LSU this season. Earlier this year, LSU's game against Tennessee was moved to Monday night due to Hurricane Rita. Miles said his team is excited to finally be playing a normal Saturday game in Tiger Stadium.

"At this point, I think we're more likely to be in game-playing structure," Miles said of his team's mindset going into the Florida games as opposed to the Tennessee contest. "Certainly we'll all be excited to step into our stadium, but I think having taken the field several times this year will give them a little more comfort."

The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon.

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