Day 4: Football Holds Final Chick-fil-A Bowl Practice
Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID
ATLANTA - In what has become a bowl week tradition, members of the LSU football team swapped jerseys on Saturday, signaling the final workout for the Tigers before facing 14th-ranked Clemson on Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
LSU will have a walk through on Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech for its final on-field preparations prior to Monday.
LSU and Clemson square off at 6:30 p.m. CST in the Georgia Dome in what will be just the third meeting between the teams. LSU leads the series with Clemson, 2-0. The game, which has been billed as one of the top five matchups of bowl season, will be televised unopposed on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network.
LSU and Clemson both enter the game with identical 10-2 records. It's the first meeting between the teams since a 10-7 LSU win in the 1996 Peach Bowl here in Atlanta. LSU and Clemson also met in the 1959 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans with LSU winning, 7-0.
Saturday's workout had the Tigers going in shorts and helmets and saw the team go through all aspects of the game will continuing to work against the Clemson scout squad.
In what has become a bowl week tradition, the offense and defense switched jerseys with the offense going from white to purple and the defense going from purple to white. Among the more notable jersey swaps was offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk squeezing into the No. 22 linebacker jersey of Ronnie Feist and backup quarterback Philip Rivers wearing the No. 57 jersey of linebacker Lamin Barrow.
"We had another good workout today," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We have prepared well. These players have done a great job here all week in Atlanta. They been able to have some fun, but at the same time, when it's been time for football, they have been dialed in 100 percent."
Former LSU great and current Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure visited the Tigers at practice on Saturday. McClure played at LSU from 1995-98, earning first team All-SEC honors at center in 1997 and 1998. He was a first team All-America selection from the American Football Coaches Association in 1998.
McClure will be in action on Sunday when his Falcons team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Georgia Dome.
The Les Miles Radio Show - Chick-fil-A Bowl Edition presented by Capital One Bank will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. EST on Sunday here at Stats Restaurant and Sports Bar in downtown Atlanta. The radio show can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network and on the internet in the GeauxZone on www.LSUsports.net/live.