LSU’s shuffling in the secondary during Saturday’s victory against Southern Miss went beyond a new starting safety.
Cornerback Ed Paris made the second start of his career, replacing Kevin Toliver, who dressed out but did not play on defense. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Toliver violated a team rule and was suspended for the first half.
Orgeron also indicated that a few other players were held out of the first half for not "practicing the way they should."
"You got practice hard to play," Orgeron said.
Paris started in Toliver’s place in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn on Sept. 24. Toliver dressed out but did not play in that game because of an undisclosed injury.
Toliver returned to the starting lineup in the Tigers’ Oct. 1 win against Missouri. He was part of LSU’s kickoff coverage unit in the second half of Saturday's game and assisted on a tackle in the third quarter.
Paris was pulled from the game in the first half as Dwayne Thomas came in at nickelback. Tre’Davious White moved to cornerback with Thomas in the game.
"It really helped us," Orgeron said of Thomas' performance. "Dwayne's a good player. He's a veteran player. He does a good job for us."
On top of Toliver not playing, safety John Battle filled in for Rickey Jefferson, who broke his fibula in practice Wednesday.
"I thought (Battle) played well," Orgeron said. "He didn't give up many deep balls. I thought he played well. Obviously, we're going to watch the film, but he didn't hurt us in any way."
As expected, running back Leonard Fournette (ankle), offensive linemen Will Clapp (shoulder) and Toby Weathersby (ankle) and tight end Foster Moreau (illness) did not dress out against the Golden Eagles.
Although he returned to the practice field this week for the first time since preseason camp, outside linebacker Corey Thompson (ankle) did not dress Saturday. He is still dealing with soreness, Orgeron said.
South Alabama, Presbyterian to play
South Alabama and Presbyterian — LSU's and Florida’s originally scheduled opponents Nov. 19 — will play each other on that date in Mobile, Alabama, the universities announced Saturday.
On Thursday, Florida agreed to reschedule its Oct. 7 home game against LSU to Nov. 19 in Tiger Stadium. The matchup was postponed ahead of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.
Both LSU and Florida will buy out of their nonconference games on that date. LSU owes $1.5 million to South Alabama, according to a copy of the game contract obtained by The Advocate, and Florida owes Presbyterian $500,000.
The Southeastern Conference will help pay both buyouts with an insurance policy.
Moses on hand
Former LSU commitment Dylan Moses, a five-star linebacker who committed to Alabama two weeks ago, attended Saturday’s game in Tiger Stadium.
Moses was seen walking out of the tunnel with Orgeron hours before the game. The Baton Rouge native and former University High standout made a verbal pledge to the Tigers on Sept. 22, 2013, but decommitted Aug. 3, 2015.
Moses, who now attends Florida’s IMG Academy, attended the Crimson Tide’s Oct. 1 win against Kentucky and committed to Alabama the following day.
Cornerback Saivion Smith participated in Saturday's game after missing the Missouri win with an unspecified injury. … Wide receiver Russell Gage made his second start in as many games. … University High product Garrett Brumfield saw action at left guard in the second half. … Josh Growden recorded a career-long punt of 68 yards in the third quarter. ... Redshirt freshman Jack Gonsoulin, a walk-on out of Catholic High, booted the extra point after LSU's sixth touchdown.
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