LSU notebook: Mike VI is finished with Tiger Stadium for the year; Dillon Gordon injured again _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and Florida head coach Jim McElwain, right, chat during team warmups Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

Mike VI’s appearance before LSU’s canceled season opener against McNeese State was not a sign of things to come.

LSU’s live tiger mascot will not attend any of the remaining home games this season, the school announced Saturday via Mike’s Facebook page.

Mike missed every home game in 2014 by refusing to enter his mobile trailer. The announcement said the university will re-evaluate the situation next season.

The tiger will be in his habitat just outside the stadium for the rest of LSU’s home games.

Before the season, the school announced it would try to load Mike into his trailer for the first three home games. Mike made his pregame rounds before the Tigers kicked off against McNeese but did not show for the next two home games, against Auburn and Eastern Michigan.

According to a news release from before the season, Mike attended 32 of 57 games in Tiger Stadium since he became mascot in 2007. He has made it to every home game of a season only once — in 2011, when LSU went 13-0 before losing to Alabama in the BCS title game.

A picture of Mike eating “gator tartare” in the shape of Florida’s logo was posted to his Facebook page Friday.

Gordon aggravates injury

Dillon Gordon’s return was short-lived.

The senior tight end started against Florida after missing the past three games with an Achilles injury, but he exited the game late in the first quarter. Gordon stayed on the turf following an 8-yard reception — his first of the season — and limped off under his own power.

ESPN reported Gordon reaggravated the Achilles injury he suffered against Auburn on Sept. 19.

Trending down

First, it was a field goal. Then, a touchdown.

After giving up no first-quarter points through its first four games, LSU has surrendered 10 over the past two contests. South Carolina kicked a short field goal on its opening drive of the Tigers’ 45-24 win last Saturday, and Florida scored a touchdown on a fourth-and-1 pass early in the first quarter, a 4-yard pass from Treon Harris to Jake McGee.

The Gators’ TD came after junior cornerback Tre’Davious White failed to field a bouncing punt. Florida recovered the ball at LSU’s 13-yard line.

Guice returns kicks

During his radio show Wednesday, LSU coach Les Miles said he and his coaching staff “give thought” to letting freshman running back Derrius Guice return kicks.

Looks like Guice’s 161-yard performance against South Carolina was enough to turn that into a reality. The freshman returned his first career kickoff 32 yards against the Gators.


Freshman guard Adrian Magee dressed for the first time all season after suffering a foot injury in preseason camp. … Captains were Gordon, center Ethan Pocic, snapper Reid Ferguson and linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Guest captains were former Tigers Eddie Kennison, Ryan Clark, Tyson Jackson and Dalton Hilliard.