LSU defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and center Elliott Porter join a growing list of football players who did not make the trip to Houston for the game against Wisconsin, multiple sources confirmed to The Advocate on Friday.
Bain, a redshirt freshman from Florida, was expected to be one of a handful of defensive tackles rotating on the defensive line. Porter was listed as LSU’s starting center, but coach Les Miles said earlier this week that sophomore Ethan Pocic had usurped him for the starting spot.
The source didn’t give a reason for Bain’s absence, but it is believed to be a suspension. Porter’s absence is unknown. Team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Miles will not address personnel news until after Saturday’s game. The No 13 Tigers and No. 14 Badgers meet at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium.
Bain and Porter join cornerback Rashard Robinson and freshman receiver Malachi Dupre as prominent players who did not make the trip. Robinson, like Bain, is believed to be suspended for the game, a source said. Dupre injured his ankle earlier this week in practice, multiple sources said.
Bain is listed as the No. 2 at defensive tackle behind starter Christian LaCouture. Frank Herron and Quentin Thomas are listed as co-starters at the other defensive tackle spot.
Freshman Davon Godchaux and redshirt freshman Greg Gilmore are expected to slide into the backup role that Bain held.
Miles mentioned Godchaux during his Wednesday radio call-in show, one of the first mentions of the rookie this August. Godchaux, a four-star prospect from Plaquemine, was issued a misdemeanor citation over the summer for tossing a firecracker into a campus apartment.