Tigers continue to prep for Auburn

LSU's seventh-ranked football team continued its preparations for 15th-ranked Auburn on Wednesday as the Tigers worked out in full pads for just over two hours at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers have used this week's practice to get ready for Auburn, while also working on correcting mistakes on offense, in particular penalties and turnovers.

"We want to eliminate some of the mistakes that we made in last week's game and to be our best that has to happen," Miles said of the penalties and turnovers by the Tigers. "I think the guys are working at it and it's something that they're all conscious of. We have not had the ball on the ground at all this week (during practice). We're really working harder at it and coaching it more aggressively."

LSU brings a 4-1 overall mark and a 3-1 conference record into the Auburn game. The Tigers are ranked No. 7 in all three major polls, Associated Press, USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll, while coming in at No. 6 in the first Bowl Championship Series Standings, which were released on Monday.

"I think we've had a spirited week of practice thus far and the players are doing a very good job of preparing for this game," Miles said following Wednesday's workout. "I think everyone is looking forward to the match up and the opportunity to finally play a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium."

Miles said he continues to be pleased with the play of running back Joseph Addai and that quarterback JaMarcus Russell continues to improve and get more comfortable with each outing.

Addai is coming off a career-game, rushing 32 times for 156 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Florida. Addai currently leads the SEC in rushing with 107 yards per game. Russell has thrown for 1,108 yards and seven touchdowns this year.

Defensively, the Tigers are ranked first in the SEC and third in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 69 yards on the ground per game. In addition, the Tigers haven't allowed a passing touchdown in 11 quarters, a streak that dates back to the first quarter of the Mississippi State contest.

The Tiger defense will be challenged on Saturday, facing the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Week in Auburn running back Kenny Irons, who rushed for 182 yards on 33 carries in a 34-17 win over Arkansas.

"Auburn has a big and powerful offensive line and they good a very good job of running the football," Miles said.

LSU returns to practice on Thursday afternoon with a light workout followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for Saturday's contest is set for 6:45 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.

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