Practice report, Thursday

As far as full-speed practice work for the much-anticipated tilt with No. 1 LSU Satruday at 2:30 p.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is concerned, the hay is in the barn for the Rebels. Read what Rebel Coach Ed Orgeron had to say about the week and the matchup inside.

Coach O: I feel real good about the preparations we have had this week. The attention to detail has been very good. We just have to go do it now. We will have a good day tomorrow at practice and I know it is going to be an exciting day on Saturday.

Q: Is this one of those games where the intangibles will play a major part of the game? Things like focus and intensity, etc.

Coach O: It has to be. We have to match their intensity or even be higher than them. That's just the way it is. Obviously on paper they have a beter record and at some positions they are better than us, but at some positions I think we match up really well. Overall, though, we have to perform for the full 60 minutes in all phases of the game.

Q: Some of the players and coaches have talked about "full commitment" this week. Is that what it's going to take?

Coach O: For sure. I have seen them like that before. They were like that before Florida and before Alabama, where we were very focused and intense to a different level. I have a feeling they may be even a little higher this game, but we'll see. Just because the game is on CBS, just because it's LSU, just because they are number one does not mean we will play well. To do that, we have to stay focused and stay tuned in to what we have to do.

Q: Even though you hate to go through 15 weeks without an open week, in regards to this game, the open week fell just right, didn't it?

Coach O: I thought it was great timing for this game. The guys got a chance to get rested and get away from football for a couple of days. You can see them refocused and recommitted.

Q: Some guys, like Tony Fein, were starting to play with momentum before the bye week. Has that continued through the open week and now this week in preparations?

Coach O: Yes. Tony knows he has to play well for us to succeed. We showed him the game Patrick (Willis) and Rory (Johnson) played against them last year and it was fantastic. He knows he has to play at a higher level in this one.

Q: Yesterday when the media was at practice, it appeared Seth's arm was more "alive." DId the week off help heal his wounds and rest his arm?

Coach O: He's fresh. He was banged up going into the open week and has healed up some. He has thrown the ball with more authority this week and Brent (Schaeffer) has also looked good this week in practice. We'll see what happens.

Q: Talk a little about their running backs?

Coach O: Well, let's see. Hester is a bruiser who runs behind his pads. And then Keiland (Williams) is a speedster who can also be physical. Charles Scott is 225-230 pounds and tough. The freshman, Murphy, is a speedster. Then you put Perriloux back there and that's five. And Holliday, one of the fastest players in the nation, makes six. And there are one or two more who can, and have, played. Is that enough? (laughs) We have to tackle well and not give up big plays. It is imperative.

Q: How is Greg Hardy?

Coach O: He will play. Overall, we are as healthy as we have been and as excited as we have been.

OM Spirit Top Stories