PRACTICE REPORT: Wed., Aug. 16 - Afternoon

The heat index went up, and so the rain came down. Wednesday evening practice was scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. The heat index rose up to 110 degrees in the Baton Rouge area, causing afternoon showers and plenty of precipitation.

When the weather began rolling in around 2:45 p.m., it was obvious to players and coaches that practice would be moved indoors.


Not all college football teams have the luxury of retreating to a full length indoor practice facility. LSU is one of only a handful of schools in college football with a full 100-yard indoor, climate-controlled football practice facility.


In addition, a new state-of-the-art turf, the same turf on which the New Orleans Saints play their games, was installed in the spring.


To simulate game conditions, the surface is crowned in the middle and all lighting is on the sides of the field. In case of rain, the Indoor Football Facility is located adjacent to the outdoor practice field so a practice session can resume indoors within 10 minutes if an outdoor practice is interrupted by rain.


There is an obvious advantage to having the indoor facility. On a day like Wednesday, the Tigers just packed up and headed indoors. However, UL-Lafayette, which is located just 50 miles from Baton Rouge and is LSU's first opponent on Sept. 2, does not have an indoor facility but had to adjust practice because of rain.


Once indoors, the Tigers dressed in shells and continued to work on basics and techniques. The quarterbacks looked sharp, but again struggled with the fade route to the corners. Throws were continually under thrown, causing the receiver to slow down and adjust.


Watching the quarterbacks is always a treat because not only do you get to see the quarterbacks and receivers in action, but Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher as well.


Not many know Fisher's coaching style because he coaches from the booth. He is a very vocal coach, yet positive toward his quarterbacks. There is no doubt he will tell the three signal callers when they mess up, but he is also complimentary when players are making good, consistent plays.


Wide Receivers Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Todd Monken was not happy with the effort he was receiving from his wide outs. He stopped drills at one point to chew out a few receivers to let them know what he thought of their effort.

Alley Broussard attended practice, running full speed with the other backs as well as doing agility drills throughout the media stay. Will Arnold did not practice with the team. He instead worked out in the weight room during practice.

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