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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jalen Mills celebrates as he leaves the field after the Tigers' season-opening 28-24 win Aug. 30 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Mills, who started both of LSU's first two games, has an arraignment date for Oct. 14.

An arraignment date for LSU defensive back Jalen Mills has been scheduled for Oct. 14, according to court documents.

Mills is charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, for allegedly striking a woman in a May incident at his apartment complex. He plans to plead not guilty.

Mills’ court date is the Tuesday after LSU’s game at Florida and before the home game against Kentucky. Judge Richard “Chip” Moore, of the 19th Judicial District in East Baton Rouge Parish, will preside over the arraignment.

Mills started at safety in LSU’s first two games. He had a game-changing interception in the season-opening win over Wisconsin in Houston. The Tigers are 2-0 and ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press top 25.

Mills, a junior from Texas, had a summer-long suspension lifted on the first day of preseason camp, Aug. 4, when East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore charged him with the misdemeanor. Mills was originally arrested in June on a charge of second-degree battery, a felony.

According to a warrant, the woman needed four stitches to close a gash on her lip following an alleged altercation with Mills after she knocked on Mills’ door looking for a friend.

A witness corroborated the victim’s story, and both picked Mills out of a photo lineup. The warrant did not identify the victim or the witness.


Darrel Williams showed LSU fans Saturday there’s more than just one true freshman running back on the team.

Overshadowed by the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Leonard Fournette, Williams rumbled for 64 yards on a team-high 14 carries and had a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the 56-0 win over Sam Houston State last week.

Williams displayed a hard-running style that made him a four-star product and the nation’s No. 16-ranked recruit in 2014. OK, so he wasn’t the No. 1-ranked prospect, but he’s a guy players say has excelled in practice.

“It was our second scrimmage in the stadium,” Mills said. “He was running hard. That’s when he kind of got my respect a little bit. He’s more of a downhill runner. He’s not more of finesse. He doesn’t want to shake you. He really wants to run you over and force his will on you.”


Andy Dodd isn’t sure how he walked onto the Tiger Stadium field.

“Felt like I didn’t have any legs,” he said.

Dodd, LSU’s backup center from Georgia, received his first college game experience when he replaced injured Ethan Pocic in the second quarter Saturday. Dodd played for the rest of the game at center, occasionally misfiring the snap.

Hey, it was his first time.

“I was nervous at first,” Dodd said. “Most people probably are, but it was awesome.”

Dodd redshirted last season, serving as only a practice squad player. He had surgery on his labrum in November to repair a lingering high school injury.

Dodd has an intriguing recruiting tale — he committed to Alabama before switching to the Tigers.

“I don’t regret it,” a smiling Dodd said this week.


Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings leads the nation in passing yards per completion (26.7) and passing yards per attempt (12.6). Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett is second with 21.2 yards per attempt, while Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is second in yards per attempt with 12.2. ... Miles moved into second place in LSU history with 58 wins in Tiger Stadium, surging past Bernie Moore with the win over Sam Houston State. Charles McClendon’s 90 wins in Tiger Stadium are the most ever.