Rain Forces Third-Straight Indoor Practice
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE -- Rain forced LSU indoors for the third time this week as the Tigers went through their 14th workout of fall camp with a full pads practice here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The Tigers are scheduled for a shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) practice on Wednesday morning followed by their second scrimmage of preseason camp on Thursday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.
"Today was a pretty heavy-hitting practice," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We had a segment of live play where we tackled. Tomorrow will be a shells practice, as we look forward to a scrimmage on Thursday. Camp is going well. It has certainly been a physical camp. There are some weary legs at this point, but that is expected."
Tuesday's practice also saw the Tigers practice for the first time since the departure of freshman quarterback Zach Lee to the Dodgers Organization. Lee signed with a professional baseball contract with the organization on Monday night.
"Certainly we wish Zach Lee good fortune in baseball," Miles said. "It is an opportunity that he could not pass up. We understand that. We will say goodbye and move on.
"We have a responsibility to the other quarterbacks here. T.C. McCartney and Barrett Bailey will be backing up at this point. They have some new enthusiasm and energy, and both guys are talented enough to give us some depth."
With Bailey, the Tigers have a quarterback who turned down several scholarship offers to walkon at LSU. Bailey, who prepped on the LSU campus at University High School, enrolled in school in January and went through spring drills. Bailey is listed as a true freshman going into the 2010 season.
"We were really thrilled that he chose to come to school here," Miles said. "He turned down some scholarship offers to come to LSU. He's a 6-foot-4, athletic, running quarterback that has the ability to throw. He's done a nice job so far in camp and we are looking forward to watching him grow and mature as a player."
As far as Thursday's scrimmage is concerned, Miles is looking for continued improvement on both sides of the ball and to see how far the team has come since the scrimmage last Saturday.
"I want to see what we have and I want our guys to go out there and compete," Miles said. "The defense should be dominant to a point, and there should be some great competition. We will go first team versus first team, and that should be two pretty good teams going against each other."