Ed Orgeron is sending his players to bed early, but he can't force them to go to sleep.
LSU's game Saturday against Florida kicks off at noon, the earliest home game for the Tigers since 2011, and that means early bedtime and no movies - literally - for players.
"We’re not going to movies. We’re going have our meeting that night," Orgeron said. "I’m going to put them in their rooms at 9. I don’t know what time they’re going to go sleep. I know I’ll be asleep at 9.”
The team customarily watches a movie each Friday night during game weeks, but the early kickoff has nixed those plans. LSU hasn't played a game so early in Tiger Stadium since the Tigers beat Kentucky 35-7 in a game that kicked off at 11:21 a.m. in 2011.
Bower, Battle all clear
Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower and safety John Battle are expected to play against the Gators despite injuries.
Bower was spotted in a walking boot earlier this week, and he missed the portion of practice Tuesday open to reporters. Battle injured himself during Tuesday's practice.
"He's going to be ready to go. He's going to be OK," Orgeron said of Battle.
On Bower, he said, "He’s OK. Really, he was probably the worst one that was hurt. He was very questionable, but he’s come back OK. He’s going to be fine."
Bower starts in LSU's base defense. Battle began the season as a reserve, but he was elevated to a starting role after Rickey Jefferson's season-ending leg injury last month.