Rain Forces Football Practice Indoors

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BATON ROUGE -- Rain forced 14th-ranked LSU indoors on Wednesday as the Tigers continued to prepare for Saturday's non-conference contest against Fresno State.

LSU and Fresno State will meet on the football field for the first time on Saturday when the Tigers host the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN2.

LSU, which has won 10 straight home games and has outscored opponents 236 to 30 in Tiger Stadium this season, brings a 5-2 overall mark into the game. Fresno State, losers on five straight games since opening its season with a 28-19 win over Nevada, is 1-5 overall.

“The rain forced us inside today so it limited us in some areas,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “The effort was good. I felt like the defensive practice was what we were looking for, but the offense still has a ways to go before Saturday. I thought the special teams did a nice job today as well.”

Miles said that despite Fresno State's 1-5 record, the Tigers better be ready to take the Bulldogs' best shot.

“They are a very dangerous team,” Miles said of Fresno State. “They have played very well at times this year. We better be prepared for their best shot on Saturday night. I can assure you that they are not coming here for a vacation and they are not coming here to see Louisiana. They are coming here to play the best football that they can muster. And we better play ours. That is the way that we will approach this game.”

Miles said the status of defensive back Daniel Francis (knee) and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (ribs) is still uncertain for Saturday. Both players were hurt against Florida and missed last week's 49-0 win over Kentucky. Both Francis and LaFell have practiced this week.

“I think Daniel Francis may have a better chance to play than (Brandon) LaFell,” Miles said. “But, they both have a chance to play.”

The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-through on Friday afternoon at the LSU Indoor Facility.



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