Preparing for a hostile environment

LSU continued its preparations for Saturday's nationally televised prime time contest against 11th-ranked Florida with another productive workout here Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Here are some notes from Miles' briefing along with video brought to you by TSD Television.

The schedule calls for LSU to have a scaled back practice on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday morning. The team is scheduled to depart for Gainesville at 12:20 p.m. on Friday.

 

Kickoff for the LSU-Florida contest is slated for Saturday at 7 p.m. CT from a sold out Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. CBS will televise the game.

 

“I have liked our preparation this week,” LSU coach Les Miles said following Wednesday’s workout. “We’ve looked sharp in practice and we’ve been able to get a lot accomplished.  We’re playing a great team. We look forward to that matchup and we want to play our best this week.”

 

Florida goes into the game against LSU led by the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Tim Tebow, but it’s the Gator defense that is ranked among the national leaders allowing just 11 points per game.

 

“They play awfully well,” Miles said. “They have really good schemes. If you look at where they rank defensively, they’re ranked pretty well nationally. I think their linebackers are really a strength of theirs and they play very well within the scheme of the defense.”

 

The Tigers will counter Florida’s defense with an offense that is led by running back Charles Scott, who ranks first in the SEC in rushing with 133 yards per game. The Tigers will also be starting redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee, who will be making his first-ever road start. Three weeks ago, Lee led the Tigers back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to beat Auburn, 26-21.

 

Miles said that the best thing that they have done to prepare Lee for the environment at the Swamp on Saturday was playing him against Auburn three weeks ago.

 

“The best thing we did was take him to a really hostile environment at Auburn,” Miles said. “We’ll see how he responds to a similar situation. We put the crowd noise on him (today at practice). We called the plays he’s going to run and put the guys in there with him. We said ‘let’s go play and let’s have fun.”

 

Lee goes into the game having completed 45 of 77 passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns. His 146.51 pass efficiency rating ranks second in the SEC to Florida’s Tebow.

 

Defensively, the Tigers are expected to get a boost with the return of middle linebacker Darry Beckwith. Beckwith, a senior, has missed LSU’s last two games with an injury. In addition, Miles said that defensive tackle Charles Alexander has been back at practice this week.

 

“Charles Alexander and Darry Beckwith both practiced extremely well,” Miles said. “There seems to be little show of any injury. I think it’s very reasonable to think they will play on Saturday.”

 

 


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