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LSU cornerback Xavier Lewis (17) leaves the field after being ejected from the game for targeting during the first half of the LSU Missouri football game Saturday Oct. 1, 2016, in Tiger Stadium.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

Despite both being ejected during last Saturday’s win against Missouri, junior center Andy Dodd and freshman safety Xavier Lewis will be available for the Tigers in the first half against No. 18 Florida.

Late in the fourth quarter, Dodd and Missouri defensive end Charles Harris were ejected on offsetting personal foul penalties. At the end of the first half, there was a brief skirmish between the two teams, eliciting offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on both teams.

According to rules, two personal foul penalties equal an ejection, so the next player on either or both teams to commit a personal foul would then be ejected. In this case, it was Dodd and Harris.

However, Dodd, who is Ethan Pocic’s backup, won’t miss the first half of the Florida game because unsportsmanlike penalties don’t carry over to the next game.

At his press luncheon Monday, interim coach Ed Orgeron suggested LSU (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) planned to appeal a potential first-half suspension for Dodd, but rules indicate an appeal isn’t necessary.

“We're still on the works with that,” Orgeron said at the time. “And I think everything will work out for everybody."

Lewis, who plays primarily on special teams, was ejected for targeting as he attempted to block a Missouri linebacker Donavin Newsom on a punt return in the first quarter. Because Lewis was ejected in the first half, not the second half, the targeting penalty does not carry over to the first half of the next game.

The Southeastern Conference's new collaborative replay system allows the replay official in the stadium to notify on-field officials about a missed targeting penalty, which is what happened in the case of Lewis. 

Oregon said he does not have a problem with the new rule or how the rule has been implemented. 

"Yeah. I think it's needed," he said. "I think guys have done a good job of communicating it and they're looking at it. I got no complaints about it."

LSU will square off against the Gators (4-1, 2-1) at 11 a.m. CT Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.