Tigers prep for Tuesday scrimmage

On Tuesday, LSU football players will finally receive what they have been looking for; a full contact scrimmage. Head coach Les Miles and his squad will conduct their third scrimmage of fall camp in Tiger Stadium at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to players, the scrimmage will be treated like a trial run in preparation for the Sept. 2 season kickoff against UL-Lafayette.

 

Coaches and players will conduct their game day rituals, including a pre-game meal before they take the field. The scrimmage is the last of fall camp, before the Tigers switch into game mode for next weeks preparations.

 

"We will put them in different situations," Miles said. "We are looking at execution in different parts of our offense, defense and special teams. We are going to tackle and get a look at our ball security as well as making sure we have no issues on the defensive side. We will tackle for about three quarters of the time."

 

Both Will Arnold and Craig "Buster" Davis will participate after missing Saturdays scrimmage in shells. Arnold said that the practices and scrimmages he missed last week were completely precautionary and that he is in full health. Davis However said he will be about 75 percent for the scrimmage, but will play despite a pull in his left hamstring.

 

"Nothing is wrong with me at all," Arnold said following Mondays practice. "I'm trying to be healthy for the season when it comes around. They held me out Saturday because we have another big scrimmage tomorrow. I look forward to it."

 

Miles did say some players will see more or less playing time in Tuesday's scrimmage because of small injuries. Matt Flynn dressed for Monday's practice, but did not partake in passing drills. Miles explained after practice that Flynn's throwing arm was experiencing soreness, and that the soreness is typical for this time of camp.

 

"There will be some guys that are nicked that will probably be in there for 10 or 12 snaps," Miles said. "Buster Davis will probably get limited snaps, but not many guys will be limited. I think there is a bit of camp soreness going around to the quarterbacks arms. I think it goes around routinely at this time of the year."

 

Many of the players are excited to finally see full contact, including starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell who says he can't wait to see a different color jersey. Russell will be looking for another successful outing, and will need good play from an inexperienced offensive line.

 

All eyes will undoubtedly be on the offensive lines performance.

 "I think tomorrows scrimmage will be a lot better for running the ball and tackling," Russell said. "I always knew there was talent on the offensive line. I think there have been major improvements up front."


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