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Football Makes Return to Practice; Preps for 'Canes
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Published: December 16, 2005, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:20 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU returned to practice on Friday for the first time in two weeks as the 10th-ranked Tigers started their preparations for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and their game against the ninth-ranked Miami Hurricanes.

The Tigers and the Hurricanes will square off in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at 7:30 EST in Atlanta on Dec. 30.

Friday's practice had the Tigers working out indoors in shells as LSU spent its two-hour workout focusing on fundamentals and getting back into football frame of mind. The Tigers will continue to work LSU vs. LSU the next two days before shifting their attention to Miami early next week.

"We had the right tempo today," LSU coach Les Miles said after watching his squad practice for the first time since before the SEC Championship Game. "Practice was a little rusty, but everybody got a round, got it done, and it was a nice work day. These first three practices are designed to get their feet underneath them, get it going again and then we'll pick up speed as we go.

"These first three practices will be donated primarily to LSU vs. LSU and the development of the team."

Miles said the Tigers will also use the early bowl practices to get some younger players some snaps and a little more practice time.

"With the early practices, you're focusing more on the younger guys and there are a little more equal reps between first and second team," Miles said. "When we get a little closer to game day, its back to the guys who are going to take the snaps."

LSU's practice also had backup quarterback Matt Flynn getting the snaps with the No. 1 offense as starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell continues to be sidelined with a shoulder injury. Russell, who injured his non-throwing shoulder (left) in the second half of the SEC title game, watched the practice from the sidelines. His status for the Miami game is remains uncertain at this time.

"Matt is up-to-speed and very capable of running the team," Miles said. "I think it's going to be very fun for him with the idea that he's going to get a lot of playing time and he'll prepare for maybe the first time as a starter."

Miles said it's too early to tell how much Russell will be able play, if any, against the Hurricanes.

"I don't know how close we'll get to that. He might even be in position to play and not start. We just want to see how (the shoulder) comes along."

The Tigers will practice again on Saturday afternoon followed by an early afternoon session on Sunday. The Tigers will have their annual awards banquet at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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