Center Elliott Porter will not play in LSU’s game at Texas A&M, coach Les Miles said Monday.
Porter injured his ankle during the loss at Arkansas and will be replaced in the starting lineup by right guard Ethan Pocic. Evan Washington will start in place of Pocic at right guard for the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern), Miles said.
Porter, a senior from Waggaman, has started nine straight games since missing the first two while serving a suspension. Pocic started at center in the first two games.
Miles said he’s “uncertain” if Porter will miss LSU’s bowl game. Running back Terrence Magee accidentally rolled into Porter’s lower leg in the second quarter of the game against the Razorbacks.
Washington, a fifth-year senior, started the first SEC game of his career in the 17-0 loss at Arkansas, replacing Vadal Alexander at left guard. Alexander, who injured his hand in the loss to Alabama, will return for the game against the Aggies (7-4-3-4), Miles said.
Miles doesn’t “envision” LSU signing a junior college quarterback, but he did not rule it out when asked Monday.
“I’m not ready to necessarily envision a junior college quarterback this minute.” Miles said. “Certainly, we’re looking at some junior college guys, including quarterbacks. But I’m not telling you that I’m wildly motivated there either.”
Rivals.com reported last week that the Tigers had offered a scholarship to East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly, a former four-star rated prospect out of New York, was dismissed from Clemson in the spring for reportedly arguing with coaches.
LSU has just two scholarship quarterback on its roster: sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris. Justin McMillan, a three star from Texas, is the only quarterback committed in the 2015 class.
Miles said a junior college quarterback would need to arrive in the spring to be considered.
Thomas to return for spring
LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas, out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament he suffered against New Mexico State, could return to the team for spring practice, Miles and Thomas said Monday.
Miles said Thomas’ rehabilitation is “coming along very nicely” and that he “hopes” he can return for the spring. Thomas, who served as LSU’s nickel back before the injury, said he expects to return for spring practice.
He had surgery to repair the ACL tear in his right knee.
“I’ve been telling these guys, ‘I’ll be back. I’m coming back stronger and faster,’ ” Thomas said.
School officials plan to request a medical redshirt for Thomas, he said. Thomas would have to be granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA. He received a medical redshirt as a true freshman after tearing an ACL.
Miles deflects chatter
Miles says he’s given “little or no thought” to any other head coaching jobs.
The former Michigan graduate was asked if he expects to hear from his alma mater if coach Brady Hoke is fired. The Wolverines are 12-12 over the last two seasons under Hoke.
Michigan courted Miles during coaching searches in 2007 and 2011.
“I have given little or no thought to any other jobs,” Miles said. “I am so comfortable with my team and doing what I’m doing. I do not read the paper. I certainly respect and love Michigan and wish them the very best.”
Miles’ radio show has been moved from Wednesday to Tuesday. The Tigers’ have a short week with playing on Thanksgiving. The show will start at 7 p.m. from TJ Ribs. … This is the first year that LSU and Arkansas aren’t scheduled to play the regular season finale since 1991. … LSU needs a victory against the Aggies to extend the nation-leading streak of 14 straight years of winning at least eight games.
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