BATON ROUGE – LSU will work out in Tiger Stadium for the first time of the preseason on Saturday as the Tigers are scheduled to go through a 125-play “thud” scrimmage which will conclude the second week of fall practice.
Saturday’s scrimmage will feature different situations and starting field position. LSU’s first scrimmage on Tuesday focused on redzone and tight zone. On Saturday, LSU will work a variety of situations, including first-and-10 and third-down opportunities. LSU will also spend time on all phases of special teams.
LSU will not tackle to the ground on Saturday, instead going through a “thud” workout which has the defender letting up once contact is made with the ball carrier.
“This is our second scrimmage so we are looking to see what type of improvement we have made from our first scrimmage,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We have had another good week of practice. It’s kind of like when you were in college, and you were studying for a test. It didn’t do you any good to continue to read the book. You had to prepare to write your answer. So what we are trying to do here is get the coaches off the field, be more of a scrimmage format, put (the players) on the field and let them show us what they know.”
Miles said the coaches will be on the sidelines and in the booth in order to give the scrimmage as close to a game-like feel as possible.
“What we are doing is preparing our team to go to the field,” Miles said. “We will have substitutions and call and signal plays in from the sidelines. This is all part of getting us ready for the season-opener.”
The Tigers will take Sunday off before holding their final two-a-day practice session on Monday. LSU will scrimmage again on Tuesday afternoon in Tiger Stadium and then turn its attention fully to TCU next Thursday.
LSU opens its ninth season under Miles on Saturday, Aug. 31 against TCU at the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff for the LSU-TCU game is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.