BATON ROUGE -- LSU reached the midpoint of its preparation for Saturday’s contest against Kentucky and head coach Les Miles said the Tigers have approached practice with a good attitude and made a great deal of improvement this week.
The Tigers will workout again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru on Friday afternoon. LSU hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. There will be no live television for the contest.
LSU, ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, enters the game with a 4-2 overall mark and a 1-2 record in league play. The Wildcats are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. It’s the first meeting between the teams since the 2002 season when the Tigers used the “Bluegrass Miracle” to post a 33-30 win over Kentucky.
“We’ve worked hard this week on some things that needed work,” Miles said. “The players have had a great attitude this week. We want to play like we are capable of and we didn’t do that last Saturday. We have improved this week and we expect to play much better against Kentucky.”
One of the areas of focus this week has been in the return game, in particular the punt return. Last week, junior Chevis Jackson fumbled a first quarter punt that led to a Florida touchdown. Miles said Jackson, along with receiver Craig Davis, have worked on fielding punts this week.
“He (Davis) looks really good,” Miles said. “I think he and Chevis (Jackson) will be back there. We will go another day before we decide which one will go first. Buster (Davis) has capable ball skills, fields the ball well and he will be a dangerous return man.”
“I think we have had a good week working on the return game. I think the attention to detail that was paid to this week’s special teams has paid dividends. I don’t think there is any question that we have improved.”
On the injury front, Miles said the Tigers will continue to be without offensive guard Will Arnold (knee) along with defensive back Daniel Francis (knee). Miles also said that wide receiver Brandon LaFell (ribs) has been out of practice this week and is questionable going into the weekend.
Against Kentucky, Miles said the Tigers will face a well-coached squad who is very explosive on offense.
“I think they are very well coached,” Miles said. “They know how to attack you and their scheme is very good. They have a very good quarterback and they do a great job of throwing the football. This is a good football team that we are facing on Saturday.”