If practice this week is any indication as to how ninth-ranked LSU is approaching the final three games of the regular season, then the Tigers should be in good shape as LSU had another good workout Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s non-conference game against Louisiana Tech.
LSU, which is coming off a 24-15 loss to Alabama on Saturday, goes into the Homecoming contest against the Bulldogs with a 7-2 overall mark. Louisiana Tech, coached by former LSU assistant coach Derek Dooley, is 3-6 overall following last week’s 45-35 defeat to Boise State.
LSU leads the overall series with the Bulldogs, 17-1. The teams last met in 2007 with the Tigers posting a 58-10 win in Tiger Stadium.
“They’re practicing hard and there’s still a want to be a good, quality football team,” LSU coach Les Miles told members of the media following Wednesday’s practice. “In the history of LSU if you would say that we had the opportunity to be ranked in the top five in the country four out of the last five years that would be a pretty strong showing.
“I think if we take care of our opponent’s one at a time, we might approach that. Let’s go see if we can be a great team. I think our team wants that. They practiced hard today.”
Miles said that quarterback Jordan Jefferson was back at practice in a limited role on Wednesday. Miles said that Jefferson’s status for the Tech game is still up in the air. Jefferson was injured during the third quarter of last week’s game against Alabama.
“Jefferson took snaps,” Miles said. “He’s a little gimped, but getting better. We’ll know more as we move forward. I’m going to look at tomorrow’s practice.”
If Jefferson can’t go on Saturday, sophomore Jarrett Lee will get the start for the Tigers with T.C. McCartney and Russell Shepard serving as the backups.
Miles said that senior Keiland Williams along with sophomore Stevan Ridley will fill in for Charles Scott at the running back position for the Tigers. Scott will miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a fractured clavicle against Alabama.
“I think both guys (Williams and Ridley) will play a lot of football,” Miles said of the possible rotation at the running back position. Miles also noted that Trindon Holliday and Shepard could get snaps at that position.
The Tigers will hold a shells practice (short and shoulder pads) on Thursday followed by a walk through on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for the Tigers and the Bulldogs is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be televised to a national audience on ESPNU.