Tigers continues preparations for Appy State

LSU continued to enjoy the cool weather here Wednesday as the sixth-ranked Tigers held a brisk two-hour workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers worked out in full pads on Wednesday as they continue to prepare for Saturday's Homecoming contest against Appalachian State. Kickoff for the LSU-Appalachian State game is set for 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

"We had another good practice," LSU coach Les Miles said after the workout. "The intensity continues to be good. The guys are practicing hard and we understand that Appalachian State has a good football team.

"Our team certainly respects Appalachian State and the type of football team that they will bring into Tiger Stadium on Saturday night."

Appalachian State, from the Southern Conference, is ranked No. 7 in the nation in the I-AA ranks. The Mountaineers have won three straight and five of their last six and bring a 6-2 mark into Tiger Stadium.

LSU, winners of five straight, is ranked No. 6 in the both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches poll, is 6-1 overall. The contest will be LSU's fifth against a I-AA opponent and the first since a 35-7 win over Western Illinois during the 2003 national championship season.

As he watches more game film on Appalachian State, Miles continues to be impressed with the Mountaineers.

"You look at the film and you can tell what type of team they are," Miles said. "They have talent. Their quarterback is very good in the style of offense they run. Their running back is shifty and dangerous and they have a good scheme with talented wide receivers.

"The defense can line up in any number of spots. They are not limited by calls. Certainly their two defensive ends are as talented athletically as the guys we'll play week in and week out."

Miles said Wednesday that senior running back Joseph Addai has practiced this week and is expected to be a full strength come Saturday. Addai carried only three times for seven yards and one touchdown in limited action against North Texas last week. In seven games this season, Addai has rushed for 649 yards and seven touchdowns.

Miles also noted that junior offensive tackle Peter Dyakowski should see his first action since the Tennessee contest on Saturday. Dyakowski has been out of action since late September with an ankle injury.

The Tigers will hold a light workout on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon leading up to the Homecoming contest against the Mountaineers.

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