Starting cornerback Rashard Robinson and freshman receiver Malachi Dupre did not make the trip to Houston for LSU’s game against Wisconsin, sources confirmed with The Advocate on Friday.
Dupre suffered an ankle injury in practice this week, and Robinson has been at least temporarily suspended, multiple sources confirmed.
The Daily Reveille first reported the news on Robinson.
LSU coach Les Miles will not comment on the reports until after Saturday’s game, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said. Miles was expected to have an interview availability with the media Friday when the team arrived at NRG Stadium. That was canceled Friday afternoon.
Robinson and Dupre were not seen entering LSU’s team hotel Friday in Houston.
The news on Robinson doesn’t come as a real shock. He has been practicing with the second-string for much, if not all, of preseason practice. Junior cornerback Jalen Collins is set to assume Robinson’s starting role opposite Tre’Davious White. He’s been practicing with the first string during August drills.
LSU departed for Houston on a charter jet at 1:30 p.m. The team arrived at NRG Stadium for a walk-through Friday afternoon. The No. 13 Tigers and No. 14 Badgers meet on ESPN at 8:10 p.m. Saturday.
Dupre, a highly recruited five-star player out of New Orleans, is expected to return next week from his ankle injury. Dupre has not been practicing with the starting group at receiver. He has sustained multiple injuries through the first month of practice.
A member of the preseason All-SEC third team, Robinson came on late last season, starting the final two games of the year. A rangy and physical defensive back, Robinson and White have been lauded nationally this preseason as one of the best DB tandems in college football.
His replacement is likely Collins, a fourth-year junior who lost his starting job to White last season. Next in line on the depth chart is true freshman Ed Paris.