Tigers take on third day of drills

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 8, 2008

BATON ROUGE — Day three of preseason camp had LSU putting on shoulder pads as the Tigers worked out in shells with a pair of split-squad practices here Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers will have one final day of split-squad practices before the team will workout as a full unit for the first time on Friday. The Tigers will also be in full pads for the first time on Friday.

Wednesday once again had the veterans working out in the morning followed by an afternoon session with the rookies and selected veterans. The early session had the veterans practicing outside, while the rookies went indoors for their workout.

“The first day in shoulder pads was good,” LSU coach Les Miles said following the afternoon session. “It was a little warmer than the first two days. The first two days were a little overcast and cloudy with a little rain and a nice breeze.

“Today was really the first hot day. We were in shells, and it was good. It made for a very competitive morning with the veterans, and with young guys and the shells in the afternoon you could tell a lot about our team. It was a good day, but it was hard. We were sloppy. We are not there because it’s early in camp, but I like what is going on. It was a hard day, but these days are supposed to be hard.”

For the third straight day, the Tiger freshmen ended up inside on Wednesday but it wasn’t the rain that chased the squad indoors. Heavy showers around the LSU campus forced the Tigers indoors for the afternoon practices on both Monday and Tuesday. However, on Wednesday, the freshmen were indoors from start to finish in an effort to make better use of the time.

“We are teaching them, and there are different curriculums – toughness, steps, communication, how to line it up – and we don’t necessarily need to teach them that plus get the heat,” Miles said. “We will get that when we have lesser reps. It is more of a process as opposed to throwing it all at them at one time.”

Thursday’s schedule calls for the veterans to have another practice in shells (shorts and shoulder pads) at 9 a.m. followed by the freshmen at 3:30 p.m.

Off the field, the Tigers will undergo a media training session with LSU professor Dr. Tommy Karam on Thursday before meeting with the media on Friday afternoon for LSU’s annual Media Day.