Tigers move indoors; continue prepping for AU

Rain chased LSU indoors on Wednesday as the fifth-ranked Tigers continued to prepare for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Western Division clash with 18th-ranked Auburn with a two-hour workout here inside at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers, who will be playing their eighth consecutive game, cut back a little bit on Wednesday, going in shells (shorts and shoulder pads). LSU usually practices in full pads on Wednesday before cutting back to shells for Thursday's workout.

LSU goes into Saturday's game against Auburn with a 6-1 overall mark and a 3-1 conference record following last week's 43-37 triple-overtime loss to Kentucky. Auburn is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in league play after a 9-7 win over Arkansas last week.

"The week has gone well," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think there is an incentive to start fast this week. I liked the way practices have gone. There is a little more attention to detail and it seems to be a little bit more serious. It has been a good week.

"We've taken some time (off) the practice schedule this week in an effort to freshen our legs."

Miles noted that senior wide receiver Early Doucet has practiced all week and is expected to see more playing time against Auburn. Last week against Kentucky, Doucet played on LSU's final play of the game for his first action since the Virginia Tech contest in week two.

"Early has practiced the entire week," Miles said. "We'd expect him to see playing time. Our receiving corps is looking forward to Early's return and enjoys lining up along side to him."

Despite having only seen significant action in two games, Doucet still ranks second on the team with 15 receptions for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore Brandon LaFell leads the Tigers with 27 catches for 394 yards and one score.

Miles also announced that senior guard Will Arnold practice for the first time in over four weeks on Wednesday. Arnold, who was a preseason All-America selection, could see action for the first time since the Virginia Tech game against Auburn.

"Will's health has returned and he was back out practicing today," Miles said. "He did some things last week and physically demonstrated his readiness to play. He practiced today and it appears that his leg is fine. He had an infection before and it is no longer there. He's ready to go."

Miles said that his team is eager to get back on the field and play again.

"We're looking to get back on track," Miles said. "I think they want to desperately play well. It's obviously a big game and we enjoy the fact that we are playing a quality opponent, and we're playing them in Tiger Stadium."

LSU will practice again on Thursday before holding a walk through on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for the LSU-Auburn contest is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.

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