LSU reports to camp

Staff Report

LSU coach Les Miles welcomed 105 players to campus on Sunday as the Tigers opened camp in preparation for the 2008 football season.

The Tigers used Sunday as a day of orientation as the squad was fitted for and issued equipment, went through a physical and participated in a compliance meeting. Sunday night wrapped up with a team meeting.

LSU held its first practice session on Monday with the veterans going at 8:45 a.m. followed by a 3:30 p.m. session for the newcomers.

LSU will have four days of split squad practices before taking the field as an entire unit on Friday morning.

"It's an exciting time for both the coaches and players," Miles said on Sunday afternoon. "I know there is anticipation by the team and some anxiety by the young guys. I like the way this team has prepared. They have had a good summer. We are healthy and ready to get started.

"Everybody we expected to be here is here and we are looking forward to a great run. Any time you have a year of significant achievement and people talk about that team's accomplishment, what this next team has to understand is that it was not about the outcome that team achieved, but it was the process that this team has been through for three years.

"Any outcome should not outweigh the process; how that team prepares, what they've learned to do and who they are as a team. As this new year starts, I look forward to a new team and I look forward to the same style of preparation and the same hard-nosed LSU Tiger football team to take the football field. I'm looking forward to '08."

Of the 105 players who reported to camp, 24 are true freshmen who were part of LSU's 2008 signing class. Among the 105 players are 13 returning starters, including four offensive linemen, as well as three returning starters on the defensive front.

"The offensive and defensive lines have to take the lead on this team," Miles said. "The defensive line should plan on being dominant and they should plan on playing better than they have played.

"The offensive line should look to be the most physical offensive line in our conference and maybe in the country. If they are seeing it as if they are going to go play like they played last year, then that's not good enough. If they are seeing it as 'We have to take the lead. We have to play stronger.We have to be a force in the games we play.' That is what I want from the big men on both sides of the ball."

The Tigers also go into camp with three quarterbacks on scholarship - sophomore Andrew Hatch, redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee and true freshman Jordan Jefferson.

LSU opens its fourth season under Miles on Aug. 30 when the Tigers host Appalachian State at 4 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.