Tigers Practice at Falcons' Facility, Watch NFL Game
LSU Sports Interactive
ATLANTA -- LSU did anything but rest here Sunday as the Tigers continued to prepare for their New Year’s Eve contest against 14th-ranked Georgia Tech with a workout in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) at the Atlanta Falcons Practice Facility.
Sunday’s schedule had the Tigers departing for the Falcons Facility, located 45 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a practice session of just over two hours. The Tigers made the trip back to the hotel in time to catch the Atlanta Falcons game against the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome that afternoon.
On the practice field, the Tiger defense continues to prepare for the triple-option offensive attack of Georgia Tech, while the LSU offense is preparing to face a very talented Yellow Jackets defense. LSU and Georgia Tech square off at 7:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.
“We had another good work day,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “Our preparation is rounding into shape. We’ll get back into the Georgia Dome on Monday for our final practice and then we’ll have our walk-thru there on Tuesday afternoon.
“I think we have made progress as a team during our bowl preparations. We are excited about the opportunity of facing a very good Georgia Tech team with a chance to finish our season on a positive note.”
LSU spent both Saturday and Sunday at the Falcons Practice Facility, which is located in Flowery Branch, Ga. On Saturday, it was an LSU reunion of sorts at practice as five former Tigers stopped in to visit the team. Four of the former Tigers are currently listed on the roster of the Atlanta Falcons and consisted of center Todd McClure, center Ben Wilkerson, tight end Keith Zinger and defensive back Chevis Jackson. Former Tiger Chuck Wiley, who spent several years in the NFL, also took in a portion of the LSU practice.
“It was nice to see those guys,” Miles said of the former Tigers. “All of those players were instrumental in helping build this program. They will always be Tigers and we’re glad that we were able to spend some time with them.”
Miles also got to spend a few minutes with Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who stopped by on Saturday afternoon to welcome the Tigers to their practice facility.
The Tigers will get a break following the Falcons game on Sunday as the team will have the night off before returning to football related activities with pre-practice team meeting on Monday at 9:45 am. LSU is scheduled to workout from 1 to 3:20 p.m. at the Georgia Dome on Monday.