Tigers Continue Peach Bowl Workouts; Visit Hospital
LSU Sports Interactive
ATLANTA -- LSU's 10th-ranked football team went through its second workout here in preparation for Friday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl contest against ninth-ranked Miami as the Tigers held a two-hour practice in the Georgia Dome.
Earlier on Tuesday, LSU coach Les Miles, along with team captains Andrew Whitworth and Kyle Williams met with members of the media to discuss Friday's game against the Hurricanes.
The Tigers and the Hurricanes square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday at the Georgia Dome in one of only two bowl games that feature a pair of top 10 teams. LSU brings a 10-2 overall mark into the contest, while the Hurricanes are 9-2 overall.
It will be the first meeting between the teams since 1988 when Miami blew into Baton Rouge and beat the Tigers in a driving rainstorm by a 44-3 count.
"We're excited to be here and excited about playing Miami," Miles said. "The Georgia Dome is first class facility and the hospitality from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has been fantastic. The players are enjoying themselves away from the field, but once we get to practice, it's been all business.
"Our preparation has been going well. It started in Baton Rouge with a week of practice and then we picked it up here in Atlanta."
When asked about Miami, both Whitworth and Williams agreed that one of the biggest things that jumps out about the Hurricanes is their athletic ability.
"Their athleticism," Williams said. "They have an outstanding offensive line and they are going to try to knock you off the football with their big linemen and they are going to try to get the ball into the hands of their speedy guys. They are going to try to make plays with their speed and try to out-athlete you.
"We have to be prepared to play the type of game that we've played all year. We have to get up the field, disrupt some things and hopefully put pressure on the quarterback."
Whitworth said that it will be important for the Tiger offense to take as much pressure off of first-time starter Matt Flynn, who will play in place of an injured JaMarcus Russell.
"The key is to now allow Miami to put pressure on the quarterback," Whitworth said. "That's our job on the offensive line no matter who the quarterback is. It's to make things as easy as possible for our quarterback and with Matt back there, that's going to be our focus."
After practice on Tuesday, the Tigers visited the Egleston Children's Hospital as members of the team took pictures and signed autographs with the children. The day was capped with the annual Chick-fil-A Delta Football Feud as the team's squared off in a "Family Feud" style of game show.
Wednesday's schedule as both LSU's offensive and defensive coordinator along with Skyler Green and Melvin Oliver meeting with the media, followed by practice at 10:30 a.m. The Tigers will then visit the Martin Luther King, Jr., Historical site later on Wednesday afternoon.