LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson remains under indefinite suspension and won’t return soon, coach Les Miles said Monday.
“Wouldn’t expect you to see him in the short term,” Miles said. “There’s a responsibility he has to this team that has been forgone.”
Robinson was removed from the depth chart ahead of this Saturday’s game at Arkansas. It’s standard protocol, according to the school, for a player who is under indefinite suspension to be removed from the depth chart.
Robinson, a sophomore and preseason All-SEC third team member, had started the previous six games before missing the game with the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide.
No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern) travels to Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) on Saturday.
A former four-star prospect out of Florida, Robinson is viewed as the Tigers’ most talented cornerback. He was replaced against Alabama by junior Jalen Collins.
Robinson missed LSU’s 28-24 season-opening win over Wisconsin in Houston while also serving a one-game suspension. Details on that suspension were not released.
“It’s tough losing him for our team, but I’ve played in two games just me and Tre’Davious (White) on the outsides, and we did pretty well,” Collins said. “Shouldn’t be too bad for us.”
Robinson has 17 tackles and one for loss this season. He started two of the last three games last year as a true freshman as Jalen Mills shifted from cornerback to safety. Mills could play some corner if needed. He’s the Tigers nickelback and starts at safety in the base defense.
LSU is already playing without Dwayne Thomas, who started the season as LSU’s nickelback. Thomas tore his ACL ligament in a September win over New Mexico State. He’s expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Alleva chides fans
In a statement Monday, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva chastised fans for chanting obscenities at Alabama coach Nick Saban during overtime of the Tigers’ loss. “(Expletive) you Saban” could be heard throughout Tiger Stadium, primarly emanating from the LSU student section.
Alleva called the chants “crude” and said they are “the antithesis of what we represent at LSU.”
“If it occurs in the future, we will make every effort to identify those who choose to act in this manner and make sure they know they are no longer welcome in our stadium,” Alleva said in the statement. “Our hope, however, is that this will never happen again.”
LSU passed on all four downs of its overtime possession against Alabama, and Miles “liked the calls,” he said — especially the first one.
On first down, fullback Melvin Jones dropped a pass from quarterback Anthony Jennings, a play that put the Tigers in a second-and-10 hole. Jennings then threw three straight incompletions.
“Well, the initial passing play was a great call,” Miles said. “Obviously it was one that one of our players would have liked to have executed better, but he (would have) been down the sideline 7 to 15 yards, he breaks a tackle. It was a very, very good call.”
LSU ran for 183 yards, and the Tigers entered the overtime possession having completed 8 of 22 passes.
“Now, would I have like to have gotten a run in or two? Sure I would have,” Miles said. “I liked the calls, and I stand here in front of you today always with the opportunity to say, if it didn’t work, I would like to do it differently but, you know, I liked the calls.”
Talk with the ref
Miles is “very comfortable” with the explanation given to him by SEC coordinator of official Steve Shaw regarding multiple plays in the loss to Alabama.
Miles spoke with Shaw for “20-plus minutes” about plays in the game — one specifically.
After the loss to the Tide, Miles seemed to disagree with the unsportsmanlike flag thrown on left guard Vadal Alexander in the final two minutes. The 15-yard penalty pushed LSU from the Bama 6-yard line to the 21.
While Miles said he was satisfied with Shaw’s explanation, the coach suggested the wrong call was made.
“What has to happen in making those calls is the official must see the whole play. Can’t make a partial call. Can’t just, you know, think he saw … it’s got to be the whole play,” Miles said. “I think that call could have been made in a different way.”
Hilliard to return
LSU running back Kenny Hilliard is expected to return this week after bruising his shoulder in the first quarter of the loss to Alabama, Miles said.
Hilliard played the first three plays of the game — all runs for him. He appeared to injure the shoulder on the third play following a hit from Alabama safety Landon Collins. He suffered a shoulder stinger, according to the CBS broadcast of the game.