Power outages do not deter Tigers

The No. 6 LSU Tigers practiced for the last time in full pads on Wednesday before Saturday's Southeastern Conference showdown with No. 3 Auburn. Head coach Les Miles addressed the media following the conclusion of practice, where the second-year coach looked to be in a great mood heading into the tail end of preparations.

"It was a fast-paced workout," Miles said of LSU's practice on Wednesday. "The tempo was good. There are some small pieces that need work on that will have to be ironed out, but we should be up and running for Saturday."                                        

Power outages spread across Baton Rouge Wednesday evening, but because of sunshine, the Tigers practiced outside for their normal routine. Miles and his team where in need of sunshine after practicing Monday and Tuesday in the indoor facility because of rain.                                                                                              

Saturday's contest against Arizona saw two starters miss action because of injury or ailment. Offensive tackle Peter Dyakowski broke a finger, but was given a cast and will start on Saturday, while Keith Zinger's stomach ailment continues to improve.                                                                                  

"He (Keith Zinger) is out of the hospital. He is doing well and he looks healthy," Miles said. "I think it would be a stretch if we could get him on the plane to Auburn, but I think in the near future he'll be fine."                                                                             

Miles also spoke about Zingers backups at the tight end position in junior Mit Cole and freshman Richard Jackson.                                                                            

"They (Cole and Dickson) are obviously not as experienced as Keith but they have strengths, and we'll keep pretty much most of our offense intact," Miles said.          

Jacob Hester, who has played what looks to be every position this year, sat out of practice on Wednesday because of a bruised calf muscle. Miles said him sitting was precautionary, and that he would be ready to go Saturday.                                             

Miles also said running back Alley Broussard practiced the whole week and continues to improve.                                                                                                    

Miles is 1-0 against Auburn, and said he has been updated in the past about weird and unusual events that have taken place in this SEC West matchup. Last year kicker John Vaughn missed five field goals in Baton Rouge in overtime for the three-point loss.        

"Last years game there was no twist," Miles said. "It ended just as it was supposed to. I didn't have any problem with it. I was told there was some weird twist."  

If Miles can leave the plains with a victory, he will have done something former head coach Nick Saban never accomplished; win at Auburn. LSU has not won at Auburn since Sept. 7, 1998 in a 31-19 victory under the leadership of Gerry DiNardo.

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