LSU notebook: Connor Neighbors set to start vs. UL-Monroe, Les Miles says _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings hands off during pregame warmups to fullback Connor Neighbors before the Tigers' season opener against Wisconsin on Aug. 30, 2014, in Houston.

LSU fullback Connor Neighbors didn’t make the trip to Gainesville, Florida, because of a swollen ankle, a source close to Neighbors told The Advocate on Friday night.

Neighbors, a 5-foot-11, 229-pound senior from Alabama, has been the lead blocker for the Tigers running backs this season and usurped J.C. Copeland late last season as the primary run-blocker.

LSU football sports information director Michael Bonnette declined comment on Neighbors’ status when contacted Friday. LSU (4-2, 0-2 Southeastern) meets Florida (3-1, 2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Neighbors sprained his ankle in the 41-7 loss at Auburn last week and was seen in a walking boot Monday. LSU coach Les Miles said Neighbors was expected to miss at least one practice this past week.

The source said Neighbors’ ankle remains swollen from the injury suffered at Auburn.

Melvin Jones, a 6-foot-2, 258-pound sophomore from Lake Charles, is listed as the backup fullback. True freshman John David Moore, of Ruston, is the No. 3 fullback.

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