Tigers wrap up two-a-days
Bo Pellini named one of nation's top assistants
Bo Pellini named one of nation's top assistants

Posted Aug 22, 2005

LSU's sixth-ranked football team held its last two-a-day practice Friday as the Tigers worked out in the morning in front of the ESPN cameras and a national audience.

The Tigers will took Sunday off as the squad gets ready for the first day of the fall semester on Monday. LSU will practice at 3 p.m. on Monday as the Tigers begin looking toward the season-opener against North Texas on Sept. 3 in Tiger Stadium.


Sixth-year LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and first-year defensive coordinator Bo Pelini have been recognized by Rivals.com as two of the nation's top five coordinators on both sides of the ball. Pelini, who joined the Tigers after a stint at Oklahoma, is ranked as the nation's second-best defensive coordinator by Rivals.com, while Fisher is listed as the fourth-best offensive coordinator. Other defensive coaches on the list include Bud Foster (Virginia Tech), Gene Chizik (Texas), Mickey Andrews (Florida State), Reggie Herring (Arkansas) and Tom Bradley (Penn State). Other offensive coordinators in the Rivals.com top five include Terry Malone (Michigan), Chris Peterson (Boise State), Norries Wilson (Connecticut) and Paul Petrino (Louisville).


As part of its college football preview, ESPN.com has listed LSU's wide receivers as the best unit in the nation. The website calls senior Skyler Green, "one of the most explosive after-the-catch receivers in the country." ESPN.com also calls junior Craig Davis the "most complete receiver on the team and that he should emerge as a special talent with improved route-running skills as a junior." The Tigers return three starters at wide receiver from a year ago in juniors Davis and Dwayne Bowe along with sophomore Early Doucet.


LSU's offensive line, a unit that returns four starters from a year ago, is ranked as the nation's No. 1 unit in The Sporting News' College Football Preview issue, which is currently on the news stands. Returning starters on the LSU offensive line include preseason All-America Andrew Whitworth at left tackle, 2004 First-Team Academic All-America Rudy Niswanger at center, senior Nate Livings at right guard and junior Brian Johnson at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Brett Helms emerged from spring practice at the starter at left guard for the Tigers. In all, the Tigers have six offensive linemen who have at leas four starts to their credit with Whitworth leading the way with 39 starts. Other players with starting experience on the offensive line for the Tigers include sophomore guard Will Arnold and senior guard Terrell McGill.

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