Coach, players taking advantage of open weekend
By Jeff Martin The Daily Reveille

October 26, 2006

Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- LSU has played 23 consecutive regular-season games without a regularly scheduled bye week. This streak dates back to the week of Nov. 6, 2004, and was complicated last season from effects from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

After the opening-game victory against Arizona State University in 2005 and the re-scheduling of the game against the University of Tennessee, the Tigers played and won week after week before running out of gas against Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship.

That 23-game streak will end Saturday when the Tigers get a much needed regular-season rest almost three years in the making.

The team was off Monday but practiced Tuesday through today before getting the weekend off.

Many members of the LSU football team and support staff have been planning this week off for months, and here is what some members plan to do during that time.

Sean Sibenkettel, equipment manager for the LSU football team, said he plans on going home for the first time since July.

"I just want to go home and relax," Sibenkettel said. "Probably go to the Voodoo Fest or something. Without having an off week last season, it makes you put in perspective how important it is to have a bye week, and I plan on taking advantage of it."

Senior defensive back Daniel Francis, who sustained a leg injury in the Oct. 7 game against Florida, said he will go home but will not be as free as other members of the team.

"I'll probably still be doing rehab, but I practiced for the first time [Tuesday]. I don't know if I'll practice the rest of the week because my injury is still kind of weak now. For the weekend I plan on going home and chill."

Fellow defensive back Sammy Joseph said he stayed in Monday but also plans to head home for the weekend.

"My day off on Monday I went to both of my classes then went home and went to sleep. [Tuesday] was kind of a hard practice. This weekend I'm going back to New Orleans, man. I haven't been home in [a while], so I'll probably hit the night scene and just have fun and enjoy myself."

Senior safety LaRon Landry said he rested earlier in the week, but during the weekend he will be focused on football but not college football.

"I chilled out on Monday, just laid low and relaxed. This weekend I'm going back to my hometown and watch my high school [Hahnville] play against our rival Destrehan. On Sunday the Ravens and the Saints play, and I'm going to go to that game. My brother [Dawan Landry] is the starting free safety for the Ravens, and I'm going to check him out, and that will be my weekend."

Jacob Hester, who enters the bye week tied for the Southeastern Conference lead in touchdowns with eight, admitted to being lazy Monday but said he plans to play more football over the weekend. . . the other version of football.

"My day off on Monday I did nothing. This weekend I'm going to Shreveport as fast as I can. I'm thinking about coming back Sunday and maybe catch the Saints game. I just want to go home. I haven't been home in five months. I'm just going to go home, see my family and maybe play a little soccer."

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