LSU Starts Bowl Prep for Louisville Contest
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – LSU started its on-field bowl preparations for 13th-ranked Louisville on Thursday as the Tigers practiced for the first time since the week of their regular season finale against Texas A&M here with an hour long workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The Tigers will practice again on Friday and Saturday, will take Sunday off and will return to the practice field on Monday. LSU will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 season with the annual Senior Banquet on Sunday night.
LSU is scheduled to practice through Dec. 22 before taking three days off for Christmas. LSU will practice on Dec. 26 and 27th in Baton Rouge before traveling to Orlando on the afternoon of the 27th.
“It was a great start to practice today,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “You could feel the energy. The players were excited to see each other and come back and get to work against a tough Louisville football team.
“Today was a regular practice. We got them loosened up, did some individual drills and then made some corrections from our last game. We also did a little introduction on Louisville. Tomorrow will be a hard-nosed day like a ‘Competition Tuesday,’ but the focus will be on fundamentals, getting better, practicing fast, and getting used to contact again. Saturday, we will practice again, and it will be much like a Wednesday. ”
The 20th-ranked Tigers and 13th-ranked Cardinals will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the teams square off in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31. Kickoff for the contest is set for 10 a.m. CT in Orlando and there are tickets still remaining for the game, which can be purchased at www.LSUtix.net.
LSU, which has gone 5-2 since Orgeron took over the club following a loss to Auburn in late September, is 7-4 overall. The Tigers are coming off a 54-39 win over Texas A&M in their last outing and bring one of the nation’s top defenses into the game.
Louisville won nine of its first 10 games and climbed to as high as No. 5 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. The Cardinals are 9-3 overall and feature Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has accounted for over 50 touchdowns this year.