Practice Report: Tuesday

Traditonally, Tuesday is the "big day" for the Rebels each week as they prepare for the next game. Today, the Rebs were forced inside due to rainy conditions in Oxford. What were they able to accomplish? Plenty, according to Coach Ed Orgeron. Read about it inside.

"The guys had a light in their eyes today," said Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron after putting his team through a shells practice in the Indoor Practice Facility this afternoon. "Their legs are fresh from the time off and they had real good spirit. We had a very good workouot, the kind you need to have when you are preparing for LSU."

The challenge in front of them is somewhat daunting. LSU. In Death Valley. At night.

But Coach O feels confident the Tigers will get the Rebs' best shot.

"We are not talking too much about Death Valley other than in positive ways. We want our guys to look forward to playing in that type of atmosphere," he explained. "This is why you sign with an SEC school. You know?

"We will have crowd noise at practice this week to get acclimated to calling our signals and things like that, but we want our players to relish this kind of opportunity. Look forward to it. Anticipate it."

Orgeron also said he's not playing up the angle that a lot of Rebels are from Louisiana.

"This is about our team, not about certain guys from Louisiana. We want to go down there as a team and play together. Ole Miss against LSU is what it's all about. That's enough in itself," O stated.

It was mentioned again that in last year's Peach Bowl, LSU blitzed Miami's offense - which was being coached by current Reb coaches Dan Werner and Art Kehoe - 18 straight plays to open the game.

"That's pretty unusual," O smiled, "but you just have to be prepared for it and respond to it if it comes. The big thing is protecting the ball and protecting our quarterback. Take care of the ball and execute.

"LSU has had some pretty amazing stats in their home games. They have only allowed five touchdowns in Tiger Stadium in seven games and have outscored their opponents on the year 115 to 14 in the first quarter," said Orgeron. "They start fast, so we will have to be prepared to start fast as well.

"In the past couple of games, we have scored on our first possession of the game. We need to come out of the gates again like that."

While Orgeron has been most complimentary of LSU's defense, which is ranked second in the nation and is only allowing a little over 10 points a game, he's also aware of the threats the Tigers have on offense.

"Their strength is their receiving corps. They are really special. And they have a guy who can get them the ball in JaMarcus Russell," he added. "Their backs are big - all over 220 pounds - and fast. Keiland Williams is really starting to hit his stride in the last couple of games.

"They are just a well-rounded team, so we will have to go in there sharp, alert and confident."

* Orgeron said Dexter McCluster did not practice today. Yesterday, Dexter thought there was a chance he could come back for the LSU game. Orgeron said he would not.

* The weather forecast for Oxford is more rain tomorrow. Unless that changes, the Rebs will probably hold practice in the IPF again.

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