LSU coach Ed Orgeron declined to reveal if any players would be suspended for the season opener against BYU, but he did not rule it out.
Asked about suspensions Wednesday, Orgeron said he will not announce such things, keeping those “in-house.”
“Every week, we’re going to handle in-house discipline,” he said. “Those things will be decided towards the end of the week. I will not announce before the game any in-house discipline. Every week, it’s going to happen on a weekly basis.”
Player suspensions are common for LSU in season openers. In 2014 and 2016, at least six players missed the opener, both of those against Wisconsin, while serving suspension.
KJ Malone has practiced in Matt Canada’s offense since the very beginning.
Off-the-field actions and academic issues are normally the impetus for such Game 1 suspensions. They are made more obvious when the Tigers open the season on the road because, sometimes, they do not travel with the team.
Suspended players often dress out, but don’t play in home games. Teams are not under a travel limit for neutral site, non-conference games, but only 80 players can participate in those games.
"There will be players that won't play for disciplinary reasons every week," Orgeron said on his radio show Wednesday night. "We'll handle all discipline in house."
Three current players were arrested in the last year, something that could lead to disciplinary action. That list includes offensive linemen Adrian Magee and Donavaughn Campbell and running back Lanard Fournette. Several players have missed a host of practices this month, including receiver Dee Anderson and edge rusher Sci Martin.
Ed Orgeron’s high school coach at South Lafourche was old school.