ATLANTA -- LSU was eager to hit the practice field Friday, arriving at the Georgia Dome nearly half an hour earlier than its scheduled practice time.

Free safety Eric Reid, who sat out last week’s game against Arkansas because of a thigh injury, is hopeful of playing but remains a game-time decision. Freshman running back Terrence Magee (knee) is the only player who appears unlikely to play.

Coach Les Miles said Alfred Blue, who missed last week’s game because of an ankle injury, is healthy, giving the Tigers Blue, Michael Ford, and Kenny Hilliard backing up Spencer Ware.

“We start with Ware,” Miles said of the depth at running back. “We just think he gives us a consistency in the toughness that we enjoy.

“We’ll probably got to Ford second only in the fact that he’s deserving. He’s a very talented back. Then after that it’s Kenny Hilliard and the fresh legs that will be available. (Blue) will get in the mix as well.”

Though Miles called the option play “a bit player” in the Tigers’ offense, he said senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s re-emergence as a dual-threat has been important.

“I think it means more to him,” Miles said. “I think there are some carries that you hve to run physically, and some carries that you have to show your speed and elusiveness.

“I think that he probably embraces te rugged carry maybe a little bit more in the fact that he’s getting to the back of his career and games mean more.”