Saturday marks nearly one year to the day since one of LSU’s biggest victories in years, the Tigers’ epic 9-6 overtime win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
There will be little joy, however, for one of the heroes of that game. Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will be in jail when the No. 5 Tigers and No. 1 Tide square off again Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
Jefferson was ordered jailed Tuesday by District Judge Chip Moore because his arrest last week on marijuana possession charges violated his probation stemming from a 2011 battery charge. He had been free on bond in the days since his arrest.
Jefferson’s attorney, Lance Unglesby, said he hopes Jefferson will be released after the court receives the results of a court-ordered drug evaluation. Otherwise, he said, Jefferson will likely remain in jail until his trial on the battery charge, which stemmed from a Baton Rouge bar fight in August 2011. That could be early next year, Unglesby said.
“We expected this,” Unglesby told USA Today. “Jordan does not feel that he is above the process. This is the same process that Judge Moore universally applies to everyone. Jordan is a humble, fine young man and is looking forward to putting all of this behind him.”
Last year was far different for Jefferson, who replaced a struggling Jarrett Lee to help the No. 1 Tigers overcome the second-ranked Tide. LSU later lost a rematch with Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.
Jefferson was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a tryout and was on the practice squad of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was arrested on the marijuana charge Oct. 25 at the apartment of former LSU teammate Tyrann Mathieu, who was dismissed by LSU head coach Les Miles earlier this year after failing a drug test.