Preseason No. 1 LSU suffered a major blow earlier this month when star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off the team.
Now, the Tigers’ top running back from last season and a linebacker may be sidelined by academic problems.
LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Monday that running back Michael Ford and linebacker Tahj Jones were awaiting the results of appeals concerning their academic records.
“Yeah, there is some appeal process that being undertaken for those guys,” Miles said at a press luncheon according to the News Star of Monroe. “And we’ll kind of have to wait and see how that all turns out as we get closer to the game.”
LSU opens against North Texas State on Saturday.
Ford was LSU’s leading rusher last year with 756 yards on 127 carries and seven touchdowns, but was listed as no. 3 on this year’s depth chart behind junior Alfred Blue and sophomore Kenny Hilliard. Jones saw significant playing time last year as a backup and is listed as the No. 2 Sam linebacker this season.