SC on the Road: Even without leaps, LSU looks forward to Lambeau

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Maybe Tre'Davious White will someday return a kick or an interception for a touchdown as a pro at Lambeau Field, enabling him to make the traditional Lambeau Leap into the stands at the Green Bay Packers' storied stadium.

But if he gets such an opportunity in Saturday's game against Wisconsin (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), the All-SEC cornerback doesn't want to wait until he reaches the NFL. At least that's what he said earlier this week before Tigers coach Les Miles weighed in on the subject.

"I'm pretty much open to whatever punishment that's going to come my way," said White, who turned down the chance to potentially become an early-round NFL draft pick to return for his senior season at LSU. "[The penalty is] going to be bad, but I feel like it's just a dream of mine, so I guess I'll try to take it and run with it."

However, if White or any other Tiger dares to make the leap after a touchdown -- drawing an excessive-celebration penalty that does not apply to pro players' Lambeau Leaps -- he had better be wearing comfortable shoes.

"I promise you that if anybody jumps [for] the Lambeau Leap, they'll end up with their thumb out to see if they can get a ride home," Miles cracked on Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference.

Miles further explained his stance later that evening, noting that it is unacceptable for players to put the team at a disadvantage by drawing the penalty.

"They certainly realize the issues there," Miles said. "So the idea that certainly should we score, the celebration thereafter, if it involved jumping into the stands, then we would kick off from the 20 -- that's not something that we want to have happen. So unless there's a last-minute ruling that says for this one it's OK, then it'd be OK."

It's a shame such a one-time rule does not exist, enabling players in Lambeau's first major college football game to enjoy one of the pro sport's great traditions. After all, this is the only time most of these players will ever compete at one of football's most historic venues.

They'll be playing there in sunny, mid-70s conditions, not on the "frozen tundra" NFL Films immortalized in its coverage of the legendary Ice Bowl game against the Dallas Cowboys in 1967.

Even if cold weather is Green Bay's trademark, most LSU players are happy to miss out on that part of the authentic Lambeau experience.

"We're still South Louisiana boys," said offensive lineman Will Clapp, a New Orleans native. "Sixty degrees and we're all breaking out the thermal stuff."

This will not be the first time the Tigers have played in an NFL stadium. LSU's most recent game, its bowl victory over Texas Tech, took place at the Houston Texans' NRG Stadium. The 2014 Tigers played there, too, and also played a bowl game at the Tennessee Titans' LP Field. And in 2013, LSU opened the season at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium and ended the season with a bowl win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Raymond James Stadium.

But those stadiums can't match the history associated with Lambeau, where the Packers will play their 60th season this year.

"That's where Aaron Rodgers is at. Brett Favre," LSU running back Leonard Fournette said, referring to two of the Green Bay franchise's most famous quarterbacks. "Those guys, that's the GOATs."

Another "Greatest of All Time" Packer has an LSU connection.

Baton Rouge native and former LSU All-American Jim Taylor is one of 24 Packers who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Taylor was an All-Pro running back in his nine-year Green Bay career, winning four NFL titles and the 1962 Most Valuable Player award.

When the Packers add Favre to their Ring of Honor in October, he will join Taylor and the team's 23 other Hall of Famers whose names are listed on the stadium's facade.

"We want to see the Hall of Fame, we want to see the Jimmy Taylor part and, really, all the greats, certainly, of Green Bay," said Miles, who has never visited Lambeau. "It's really, I've been told, the place where pro football's really best represented in its infancy and its start, so I'm pretty excited about it."

Of course Miles would be more excited about leaving Green Bay with a season-opening victory in hand.

Playing at Lambeau will be a memorable experience for all involved, but the Tigers can't get too excited about their surroundings and forget about the task at hand. That message seems to have already resonated with the Tigers' most notable player.

"We're coming there for business, to play a game," Fournette said. "It's going to be fun to travel and play there, but at the end of the day we're coming to get the W, and that's it."