LSU football coach Les Miles confirmed after Saturday’s spring game that defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is suspended from play and has been instructed to attend class and to take care of his business.
“If he does that and handles behavior, there will be a future for him here,” Miles said. “Otherwise, we’re not certain.”
After his team’s first spring practice in March, Miles said the issues surrounding Valentine were academic and that he was not a player they were counting on at that point.
“We have insisted he do some things academically that he failed to do,” Miles said March 11. “We’re doing everything we can to assist him.”
Valentine, who had to clear a bevy of eligibility issues to get to Baton Rouge, was listed among the “injured/out” players on the spring game roster but was not seen on the sideline.
Coming off a streaky end of a sophomore season that saw Colby Delahoussaye miss three of his final four field-goal attempts, Miles wanted to test the junior in the spring game, letting him attempt one difficult kick: a 46-yarder into the wind in the first quarter.
Delahoussaye missed, pushing it right and leaving it well short. Don’t blame him, though.
Delahoussaye, who was on the White team, kicked the field goal as part of the Purple team. His usual snapper, Reid Ferguson, and holder, Brad Kragthorpe, were on the White team.
“Both of those things are no-nos. I immediately threw it out and gave him other opportunities,” Miles said. “It’s a battery, and the battery has to stay together.”
“Colby’s had a really good spring kicking the ball,” Miles added. “I tried to give him a tough kick; I didn’t know how tough it was when I saw it.”
Delahoussaye nailed his only other attempt, a 23-yarder as time expired in the first half, and added three extra points.
Ed Alexander, the St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle who decommitted from LSU last April, recommitted to the Tigers shortly after Saturday’s spring game, 247sports.com reported.
Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound pledge for the Class of 2016, is 247sports’ No. 1 player in Louisiana and is No. 2 in the state for Rivals.com. Alexander is the Tigers’ ninth commitment for the 2016 class.
Miles gets ‘served’
Coming off sports hernia surgery, senior punter Jamie Keehn wanted to prove to his coach that he still had the same leg.
Skirting some NCAA violations, the two made a bet. If Keehn’s punt in the spring game landed between the 7- and the 4-yard line, Miles would serve his Australian senior a meal at the team’s end-of-spring picnic after the game. Land anywhere else, and player would be serving his coach.
Keehn’s 48-yard boot landed on the 8.
“So, I’m getting served,” Miles joked. “We’re really happy he’s back and ready to roll.”
LSU opens the 2015 season Sept. 5 against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium.