Tigers Hit The Dome Running

NEW ORLEANS - The LSU Tigers went through their first workout in the Louisiana Superdome Thursday morning in preparations for the BCS National Championship Game versus Ohio State.

The Tigers took the field for a 10:15 a.m. practice session then met with the media around 1:30 p.m. afterwards. The media got a chance to talk with members from the defensive side of the ball for LSU including Glenn Dorsey, Ali Highsmith, Craig Steltz and coordinator Bo Pelini.

Pelini said he felt good after the Tigers second and final heavy workout as the Tigers begin fine tuning things before the weekend's final walk throughs.

"We're excited to be here," Pelini said. "You know, we just finished our first practice since we've been in New Orleans and really second heavy day here for the week, and then things are starting to wind down, and preparation's been good. And the attitude's good and we're looking forward to playing a heck of a football team on the 7th. We're looking forward to the opportunity."

Steltz, who is a native of New Orleans, is excited about being back in his hometown to play for a championship. Four years ago as a senior in high school at Archbishop Rummel High School, the all-American Steltz watched his brother Kevin participate on the 2003 national championship team that defeated Oklahoma.

"We're excited to be here," Steltz said. "I never thought four years ago when I was watching my brother play that I'd have the opportunity to be back in New Orleans and be playing for the national title as he did. He's more excited than anyone. And we're here and we're focused and it's going to be a tremendous game."

One of the big questions surrounding this LSU team as they prepare for the big game against the Buckeyes is the health of All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Bothered by a sore back and banged up knee toward the end of the season, Dorsey has had several weeks to heal and is ready to go, as he said on Thursday.

"I'm feeling really good right now, that the time off let us come in, heal, kind of get our legs back under us and stuff like this," Dorsey said. "Everybody's flying around. Everybody is ready to roll. We just come out and try to prepare at practice day-by-day and just be ready come game time. I feel good. I'm ready to roll."

The Tigers will return to the field Friday morning. Check back to TigerRag.com for our ongoing coverage.


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