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LSU Tigers tight end Dillon Gordon (85) is welcomed to the Rodeo Bowl on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at George Ranch in Richmond, TX. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Advocate)


LSU tight end Dillon Gordon’s request for a fifth year of eligibility was denied, and he’ll enter the NFL draft, he announced on his Twitter account on Friday.

Dillon Gordon's message on Twitter.

Dillon Gordon’s message on Twitter.

Gordon, a 310-pound run-blocking senior from Edgard, was appealing to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. Gordon played in just three games of his senior season last year before rupturing his Achilles tendon in the sixth game of the season against Florida.

According to the NCAA rule, a player can receive another year of eligibility if they played less than one-third of the season – all of it coming in the first half of the season (excluding bowl games). Gordon played in part of three games, and the Tigers’ game against Florida was the sixth in an 11-game regular season.

An LSU spokesman had no comment when reached Friday.

LSU wasn’t necessarily hopeful. Miles said a few months ago he was “50-50? on the waiver. The coach said two months ago at LSU’s pro day that Gordon was healthy enough to participate in spring practice if cleared.

Dillon Gordon after rupturing his Achilles. (Bill Feig)

Dillon Gordon after rupturing his Achilles. (Bill Feig)

“He’s physically capable,” Miles said.

Gordon served as LSU’s key run-blocker, walling off the edge with his 300-pound frame. He started 13 and 12 games as a junior and sophomore in 2014 and 2013.

His departure leaves LSU with Colin Jeter – 60 pounds lighter than Gordon – as the Tigers’ starting tight end. Rising sophomore Foster Moreau is expected to be the backup. He weighs 260 pounds.