BATON ROUGE -- LSU continued its bowl preparations on Wednesday with its third workout this week in anticipation for its Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup against 14th-ranked Georgia Tech on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.
The Tigers are scheduled to practice thru next Monday before breaking for three days for Christmas. The Tigers will depart for Atlanta on Christmas Day with their first workout in
Atlanta scheduled for Dec. 26.
LSU and Georgia Tech will square off in the 41st annual Chick-fil-A Bowl at 6:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will be televised nationally and unopposed on ESPN. Tickets for the game are still on sale at the LSU ticket office or on the Internet at www.LSUsports.net.
One of the main areas that the Tigers have focused on thus far has been defending the triple-option attack, something that Georgia Tech runs with great success.
“Our awareness of the option is getting better,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I liked our defensive practice. I think the speed of practice is starting to come. The speed and tempo of the practice was kind of what we would expect. We’re getting better, working at it and enjoying our preparation.”
Miles said one of the techniques the defense is using to help prepare for the triple-option is practicing without the ball in certain situations.
“We’re using a ball to simulate snap,” Miles said. “The quarterback has the ball at times and there are other pieces of the drill where he doesn’t have the ball. It’s really interesting (to practice against). You have to be really disciplined. You have to understand the call and you have to understand what your responsibilities are. We’re certainly not there now, but we sure are a lot further ahead than we were three days ago.”
Peveto was in Natchitoches on Wednesday interviewing for the vacant head coaching position at Northwestern State, while Mallory interviewed for the defensive coordinator position at New Mexico.
“We had a coach interview for a head coaching job today, (Bradley Dale) Peveto,” Miles said. “We gave permission for that to happen and we wish him the best.
“Coach (Doug) Mallory also visited with New Mexico. He was given permission to do so. One (situation) is with Mallory interviewing with a great friend. The other is an opportunity for a head coaching job, and I can’t say no’ to those things. We have good coaches who are going to be sought out. That’s going to happen.”
LSU will return to practice on Thursday afternoon.