The LSU football team has been preparing for the upcoming season with daily practice sessions of split squads until today, Friday, August 9, 2013 when the team puts on full pads and practices as a team according to LSU Sports.
On Thursday the team wore shoulder pads and shorts and practiced for the final time in split squads at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Veteran players practiced outdoors along with other selected members of the team.
Fall practice has been held twice daily and started on Monday, August 5, 2013. A morning and afternoon session each day has given all players maximum play time in order for coaches to evaluate their play at different positions.
Head coach Les Miles had this to say about the practice sessions so far, "Each day there’s been another guy that steps to the front and he will be able to help us in a specific talent he might have. We are pleased with what has gone on so far, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
This year's practice has been held with split squads, rather than the traditional veterans vs. newcomers. Miles explained it saying, "It allows twice the reps, twice the teaching, twice the experience, in a short amount of time." New members of the team also get more time bonding on the field with the veterans.
The Tigers will face TCU at Cowboys Stadium on August 31, 2013. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.