Earlier this week, Jordan Jefferson’s attorney, Lewis Unglesby, said he planned to speak with LSU coach Les Miles about having his client reinstated to the football team.
Miles said after Wednesday’s practice that he wants to let the legal process run its course.
“The issues for me are that I’m kind of stuck into what is our discipline here, and I’m going to maintain that,” he said. “There’s a difference when legal entanglement is still there. I hope very honestly that (Jefferson) can defend himself very effectively, that he can abide by whatever the constraints of the legal system are and let it be expedited so that he can step to the field. We certainly are rooting for him.”
Jefferson, a two-year starter at quarterback, and reserve linebacker Josh Johns were suspended indefinitely by Miles after being arrested Friday for their alleged role in an Aug. 19 bar fight. Both players bonded out of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on second-degree battery counts.
Miles said he has not met with Unglesby to discuss Jefferson’s status.
“My issues are kind of cut in stone,” Miles said. “It’s fundamental to me.”
Fourth-ranked LSU opens Saturday night against No. 3 Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
LSU put out its first official depth chart Wednesday since beginning fall camp.
On the offensive line, T-Bob Hebert is listed as the starter at left guard and the backup at center and right guard. Will Blackwell is the starter at right guard. At the receiver spots, Kadron Boone is listed as the starter opposite No. 1 receiver Rueben Randle; freshman Odell Beckham Jr. will join Boone and Randle in the lineup when LSU goes to a three-receiver set, according to the depth chart.
The running back position lists Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue and Michael Ford as the top three in no particular order. James Stampley is the starter ahead of J.C. Copeland at fullback.
At middle linebacker, Karnell Hatcher is listed as the starter in front of Kevin Minter.
Josh Downs is listed as the starter at right defensive tackle and Michael Brockers at left defensive tackle. Bennie Logan and Anthony “Freak” Johnson, a freshman, are listed as backups.
In addition to Jefferson, projected starters Russell Shepard at receiver and Josh Dworaczyk at guard will not be available for the Oregon game. Shepard was ruled ineligible by LSU for violating NCAA rules. Dworaczyk went down with a knee injury during fall camp and is expected to undergo surgery.
On his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Miles said LSU may petition the NCAA to give Dworaczyk, a fifth-year senior, a medical redshirt.
Hatcher a ‘natural’
Hatcher, a former safety, will make his debut linebacker Saturday as he tries to help fill the void left in the middle by Kelvin Shepperd running out of eligibility after last season.
“A lot of guys that come down from safety don’t necessarily have a natural feel for a linebacker spot. Karnell Hatcher does,” Miles said. “He is very athletic and defeats blockers with athleticism when he can. At the same time he is very physical at the point of attack. He takes guards on and does it extremely well. He has been a real pleasant surprise. He has taken to the linebacker spot very effectively.”
It’s no secret LSU likes to recruit in neighboring Texas, and this year’s Tigers boast 12 players from the Lone Star State.
But even college programs from far away find prospects in Texas. Programs like Oregon.
LSU’s opponent in the Cowboys Classic has junior quarterback Darron Thomas from Aldine and junior running back LaMicheal James from Texarkana, plus sophomore wide receiver Josh Huff from Houston, freshman running back Tra Carson from Texarkana and freshman quarterback Brennan Doty from Port Neches.
Redshirt freshman running back Lache Seastrunk from Temple recently transferred to Baylor.
“We’ve already talked about it and let our teammates know how big this game is to us and our families,” Thomas said.
LSU’s contingent of Texans includes senior quarterback Jarrett Lee from Brenham, senior cornerback Ron Brooks from Irving, sophomore Craig Loston from Houston and sophomore Michael Brockers from Houston.
Advocate in Big D
About 1,500 complimentary copies of the Saturday Advocate will be delivered to hotels near Cowboys Stadium. The hotels that will receive the papers are the Omni Fort Worth (team hotel), Worthington Renaissance (Fort Worth), Gaylord Texan, Hilton Anatole, Renaissance Dallas, Warwick Melrose, Marriott DFW, and the Hyatt Regency DFW. Papers will also be delivered to the RV Lot at Cowboys Stadium.