Tuesday, January 4th, 2011


The 11th-ranked LSU Tigers spent a little over two hours on the field in shorts and light pads in their third practice session at Cowboys Stadium, priming for their prime-time matchup against 17th-ranked Texas A&M in the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC) spent another workout concentrating on situational work in all three aspects of the game, using the first part of practice to focus on special teams and moving on into situational scrimmage work on their offensive and defensive game plans.

“I like our attention to detail at this point in time,” said head coach Les Miles. “Anytime you get into the back end of a bowl week, there’s a special focus that happens to those teams that are really going to play well. I saw evidence of that today.”

LSU received a boost Monday afternoon with the news that junior RB Stevan Ridley was ruled eligible to play in the 2011 edition of the Classic against Texas A&M (9-3, 6-2 Big 12). A first-team All-SEC selection, Ridley rushed for 1,042 and 14 touchdowns this season and has not fumbled in his last 170 carries. Miles said the news of Ridley’s eligibility being restored was evident in Tuesday’s practice.

“I think our team really enjoyed the news. He was very emotional about it,” said Miles. “It really is good. It’s the right process. If there is any chance of impropriety, turn it in, go through it and then appeal for your eligibility to be returned. The NCAA came through. It’s right for college football, right for Stevan Ridley and certainly for our team.”
This evening, members of the LSU contingent will take in some NBA action at the American Airlines Center with the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Portland Trail Blazers. The Tigers return to practice Wednesday afternoon for their fourth and final full practice of the week.

“Tomorrow we will trim another half hour (off practice) and we’ll do nothing the day before the day before the game,” said Miles.

Practices for the remainder of the week are closed to the media and public.

Observing 75 years of college football tradition, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic moves into primetime under the lights on Friday, Jan. 7. Airtime on FOX Sports is 7:00 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:27 p.m. FOX Sports will have a blanket coverage of the broadcast with Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboy fullback Daryl Johnston calling the action from the booth, Charles Davis and John Lynch reporting from the sidelines, the legendary Pat Summerall serving in a new role as the Classic's essayist and Chris Rose hosting the telecast from the sidelines. Providing insight from an officiating perspective will be Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL.

For the 19th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world on the Westwood One Radio Network. Describing the action for Westwood One will be Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue.