Travin Dural’s grueling summer started even before LSU’s preseason camp began.
The receiver rescued a woman who was trapped in her toppled SUV.
“It was a different experience,” Dural said recently about the incident.
The Tigers head into Week 2 of camp soon with Dural poised to be the team’s go-to receiver for a second straight season. The junior got a head start with some off-the-field heroics.
Dural, while leaving his Breaux Bridge home, passed an overturned SUV at about 10 p.m. July 30. A woman had swerved off Zin Zin Road, and her Nissan SUV landed upside down in a waterless ditch. Both front doors were jammed. The driver’s side door was crushed against the side wall of the 6-foot-deep trench.
She was hanging upside down from the driver’s seat, incapable of reaching or opening the back doors, said Michael McQuade, a St. Martin Sheriff deputy who was one of the first on the scene.
“She was trapped in the vehicle,” McQuade said.
Dural, along with his cousin, Southern receiver Randall Menard, pried open the rear passenger door and pulled out the woman from the vehicle, McQuade said.
“We had to muscle it open,” Dural said.
“He used his strength,” McQuade said.
The woman was not injured.
McQuade and other deputies arrived shortly after Dural’s heroics, and a few of them recognized Dural as the Tigers’ star wideout. Several of them began taking photos with a player who led LSU in receptions and yards last season.
“They said, ‘You don’t know who that is?’ ” said McQuade, a self-proclaimed LSU fan who didn’t recognize Dural.
Dural said he and Menard noticed the overturned vehicle after their car lights quickly flashed across the SUV. They drove to a stop sign and wheeled around.
“It was a good thing we turned around. I’m glad we got a chance to help this lady out,” Dural said. “There were no cars on the street. I don’t know when the next time somebody was going to come by.”
The woman was trapped in the car for about five minutes before Dural arrived on the scene, McQuade said. Zin Zin Road is a lightly traveled thoroughfare. It’s about 200 yards off a busier road, McQuade said.
“It’s something you normally don’t see a young guy his age do,” McQuade said of Dural. “Normal people would ride by and call. They wouldn’t go above and beyond and stop and check. They actually got the person out of the vehicle.”
LSU coach banned from texting
One LSU assistant football coach won’t be texting anyone for a while.
LSU disabled the text message feature on a football coach’s school-issued cell phone for six months as part of sanctions for an NCAA violation, according to documents obtained by The Advocate.
The school did not provide the football coach’s name and won’t because of privacy laws. The sanctions stem from a recruiting violation that happened in the spring.
The coach sent an impermissible text to a prospect — something the school reported to the NCAA on June 1. Coaches can’t send recruits text messages at any point in the recruiting process. The American Football Coaches Association has pushed to get that rule changed, and the NCAA indicated in January that the recruiting rules committee is considering the proposal.
The coach’s texting feature on his phone was disabled starting June 1 and will be returned Dec. 1. Also, the coach was not permitted to call any prospect for the first two weeks of June. LSU could not send any recruiting materials to the prospect involved in the violation. No one from the school could call him or message him for 30 days starting June 1.
The school did not provide the prospect’s name or year in the document, which would constitute another NCAA violation. The Tigers currently have the No. 2-ranked commitment class for 2016, with 13 of 19 commits rated four stars or better.
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