LSU notebook for October 6, 2011

LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) and offensive guard T-Bob Hebert are both expected to play Saturday against Florida after missing time because of injuries. Show caption
LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) and offensive guard T-Bob Hebert are both expected to play Saturday against Florida after missing time because of injuries.

Miles: Hebert, Loston, Ware to play vs. Gators

T-Bob Hebert and Craig Loston sat out Saturday’s victory over Kentucky. Spencer Ware left early.

All three players practiced with the Tigers on Wednesday, LSU coach Les Miles said, and all three should be back in the fold when top-ranked LSU faces No. 17 Florida at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

“We’ve got to polish and put the finishing touches on a great game plan, but I like the position we’re in,” Miles said. “Health is returning. T-Bob was back and practiced. Spencer Ware certainly practices. We’re looking forward to playing Florida.”

Hebert was out of the lineup last weekend because of a concussion and Loston after taking a blow to the head Sept. 24 against West Virginia in kickoff coverage.

Ware was held out the final three quarters Saturday with a pulled hamstring.

Miles said Hebert could see action at both right and left guard in a rotation with Josh Williford and Will Blackwell.

Ware is LSU’s leading rusher with 323 yards on 81 carries. Loston is listed as the backup to Eric Reid at free safety and Brandon Taylor at strong safety and plays extensively on special teams.

Big recruiting weekend

LSU football will be on display this weekend not only for a national television audience, but also for a number of big-name recruits scheduled to visit campus for Saturday’s game.

The list of visitors includes West Palm Beach, Fla., offensive tackle Patrick Miller; Pompano Beach, Fla., wide receiver Avery Johnson; Long Beach, Miss., linebacker Richie Brown; and Dutchtown safety Landon Collins, TigerSportsDigest.com recruiting analyst Shea Dixon said.

Miller and Johnson, the younger brother of former LSU star Patrick Peterson, are LSU commitments. Collins, the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana, is due back on campus after taking in the Kentucky game last weekend.

“There will be no game-day atmosphere like it,” Miles said. “They will be saying ‘Wow’ all the time. All we need to do is be ourselves because it’s there. I think the young men that we’re bringing into town are very sincere and have the want to get a great degree, play in a place where football certainly is important and have a chance to play for a national championship. So I think we’ve got a great shot at them.”

Ready for anything

Florida senior John Brantley is out for Saturday’s game after suffering a lower leg injury in last week’s loss to Alabama, leaving the Gators to rest their hopes Saturday on a quarterback who has never started a college game.

The question is, which one?

True freshman Jeff Driskel, the nation’s top quarterback prospect last year, relieved Brantley last week and is considered the likely choice to get the nod. Jacoby Brissett, also a true freshman, and redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy are also in the mix.

Driskel has completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions as Brantley’s backup. Neither of the other two quarterbacks has taken a snap.

Miles said LSU’s scout team is preparing the Tigers for all three.

“We’ve got a couple of quarterbacks that have some athleticism and can do the things of the athletic quarterbacks. Then we have some guys that can step back there and throw balls down the field. We’re prepared for it all,” Miles said.

Florida’s the focus

Florida enters Tiger Stadium without its starting quarterback and on the heels of a 38-10 shellacking by Alabama.

Not to worry, Miles said. His team would never take the Gators lightly.

“I promise you, there is no other games of any significance that we’re looking forward to,” Miles said. “Right now, it’s Florida. Everybody understands what’s at stake. They’re very, very talented. It’s going to be physical. We understand that.”

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