ATLANTA – In what has become a bowl week tradition, members of the LSU football team swapped jerseys on Saturday, signaling the final workout for the Tigers before facing 14th-ranked Clemson on Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
LSU will have a walk through on Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech for its final on-field preparations prior to Monday.
LSU and Clemson square off at 6:30 p.m. CST in the Georgia Dome in what will be just the third meeting between the teams. LSU leads the series with Clemson, 2-0.
LSU and Clemson both enter the game with identical 10-2 records. It’s the first meeting between the teams since a 10-7 LSU win in the 1996 Peach Bowl here in Atlanta. LSU and Clemson also met in the 1959 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans with LSU winning, 7-0.
Saturday’s workout had the Tigers going in shorts and helmets and saw the team go through all aspects of the game while continuing to work against the Clemson scout squad.
In what has become a bowl week tradition, the offense and defense switched jerseys with the offense going from white to purple and the defense going from purple to white. Among the more notable jersey swaps was offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk squeezing into the No. 22 linebacker jersey of Ronnie Feist and backup quarterback Philip Rivers wearing the No. 57 jersey of linebacker Lamin Barrow.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger wore the purple No. 18 of defensive tackle Bennie Logan. Logan remained in No. 18 for the final practice, wearing a white No. 18 instead.
“We had another good workout today,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We have prepared well. These players have done a great job here all week in Atlanta. They been able to have some fun, but at the same time, when it’s been time for football, they have been dialed in 100 percent.”