LSU defensive end Sione Teuhema remains on the football team and will take a class over the summer that could determine his future, coach Les Miles said Tuesday.
Teuhema was suspended a month into spring practice for unknown reasons. Miles said then that he’s unsure “the suspension will conclude ever.” The coach on Tuesday said he hasn’t made a decision on the rising junior’s future. Teuhema will “make” the decision for himself, Miles said.
“He’s going to take a class (over the summer),” the coach said.
Teuhema had participated in the first month of spring drills before Miles announced the suspension on April 9. It’s Teuhema’s second suspension in the calendar year. He missed the final three regular season games last year and did not travel with the Tigers to the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech. He was withheld for what Miles termed as a “coach’s decision.”
During spring practice, Teuhema was moved to the Buck position, an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid role in LSU’s new 3-4 defense. He was playing behind starter Arden Key, along with Isaiah Washington. It’s a “natural position” for Teuhema, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said before his suspension.
Sione is the brother to LSU starting offensive lineman Maea Teuhema. The Texas natives signed with LSU a year apart. Maea is a 2015 signee who started as a true freshman last year. Sione signed as part of the 2014 class.
Under defensive coordinator John Chavis, Sione was mostly used his freshman season as a rushing defensive lineman in Chavis’ passing defense, Mustang. He played sparingly through the first seven regular season games last year.
Pocic on Rimington watch list
Center Ethan Pocic, a rising senior, is one of eight SEC centers and dozens nationally on the Rimington Award watch list.
The award is given to the nation’s best center. Pocic bypassed entering the NFL draft this year, remaining in school after undergoing hip surgery in January. He’s expected to anchor an offensive line returning two other starters.
Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.
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