LSU’s punishment for quarterback Anthony Jennings and Dwayne Thomas will remain a mystery, but coach Les Miles on Wednesday suggested that the two won’t miss game time.
Jennings and Thomas were reinstated to the team Friday after prosecutors decided not to charge them in a June arrest for unauthorized entry into a dwelling. Both players could have key roles this season.
Thomas, a junior, is expected to be used heavily in the secondary, and Jennings is competing with sophomore Brandon Harris for the starting quarterback job.
The two players have already been punished for their role in the incident in June, the coach said.
“That will be an internal punishment, and each guy is going to be reviewed greatly, independently,” Miles said in his address to reporters after LSU players reported for preseason camp. “I think there’s a lot of punishment that has already been derived.”
Will the punishment include game time?
“You’ll see that as it unfolds, but I certainly wouldn’t guarantee that in any way,” the coach said.
The players allegedly walked into a fellow student’s apartment to retrieve items they claim were stolen from Jennings earlier in the week. Thomas was also arrested for simple burglary.
Camp begins Thursday with morning and afternoon practices.
Domond returns to team
Reserve offensive tackle Jevonte Domond has been reinstated to the football team, Miles said.
Domond was arrested on felony domestic abuse and was accused of choking his financée in May. He has not been charged by prosecutors. Miles said earlier this summer that Domond is back with his girlfriend and that “everything is positive.”
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said Monday that the case is “pending.”
“We have spoken with the victim and have spoken with Domond’s lawyers. The matter is pending,” Moore said.
Domond, who transferred from junior college last summer, played sparingly last season as a backup.
Bain was never back
Defensive tackle Maquedius Bain was never reinstated to the LSU football team after his arrest, and that’s the reason he’s no longer with the program, Miles said.
The school announced Bain’s departure Monday, just three days after the program announced Bain, Jennings and Thomas were reinstated to the team.
Miles said he never reinstated Bain to begin with, despite the school’s announcement. The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle has enrolled at Pearl River Community College.
Defensive tackle Quentin Thomas and defensive back Corey Thompson are healthy and will participate in camp, Miles said. The coach said no LSU players will start camp limited because of health.
Thomas, who played last season with two torn biceps, missed spring practice after having one of the biceps repaired during off-season surgery.
Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 2013 season and has not participated fully in any team practices since the injury. He had another small procedure on the knee in January.
Senior offensive lineman Jonah Austin is transferring from LSU, the school confirmed Wednesday night. Austin played in five games last season and seven the year before, always serving as a reserve.
He was a three-star prospect in 2011 out of St. Augustine High. The Tigers seem to have their starting offensive line somewhat set. Austin, who redshirted in 2011, was expected to be a backup.
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