ATLANTA -- LSU’s first full day here at the site of the Chick-fil-A Bowl had the Tigers spending most of their Friday focusing on football as the team worked out for just over two hours at the Georgia Dome.
When the Tigers weren’t meeting or practicing, the team was treated to the Chick-fil-A Bowl Welcome Party at the ESPN Zone in Buckhead. The welcome party featured an all-you-can eat buffet as well as numerous video games for the players. Among the most popular games for the Tigers was that of the basketball pop-a-shot and wide receiver Brandon LaFell appeared to have been the best at it, scoring over 120 points in just a minutes time in the rapid-fire basketball game.
But before the Tigers were able to have a little fun away from football, the team spent most of the morning and early afternoon getting ready for 14th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Tigers spent the morning in team and individual position meetings before holding a practice session at the Georgia Dome.
“We had another productive practice today,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It was nice to get on the turf in the Georgia Dome and practice. That’s a great facility, one that was very comfortable for us and one that we’ve had some great moments.
”This should be a great game and it’s one that gives us a chance to finish our season on a positive note.”
The Tigers continue to get ready for a Georgia Tech offense that features the triple-option attack and one that racked up 45 points and over 400 rushing yards in the regular season finale victory over Georgia.
“We understand that we are playing a very good football team, one that does an outstanding job of rushing the football,” Miles said. “I can’t imagine having to prepare for this offense in three days. Their offense will present a big challenge for us, but we have to be ready to defend more than just the run. They can throw the ball and we have to be ready to defend that as well.”
While Georgia Tech’s offense has garnered much of the notoriety up to this point, Miles is quick to point out that the Yellow Jackets have a very good defense as well.
“They are very sound on defense,” Miles said. “They use a 4-3 front and they will put an extra guy in the box. They have a very good defensive front.”
The Tigers will counter Georgia Tech’s defense with an offense that is averaging 30 points and nearly 400 yards per game. The Tigers will start true freshman Jordan Jefferson at quarterback and LSU will rely on the running of junior Charles Scott, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2008.
Saturday’s schedule calls for the Tigers to shift their practice location to the Atlanta Falcons Facility on the outskirts of town. The Tigers will practice at the Falcons facility on both Saturday and Sunday before returning to the Georgia Dome on Monday.
In addition to practice, both teams will take part in the Georgia Power Football Feud on Saturday night at the Marriott Marquis. Both teams are also scheduled to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on Saturday.