LSU coach Les Miles expects defensive line signee Edwin Alexander to “become eligible shortly,” but the school will likely need to appeal a potential ruling on another signee, Andre Anthony.
Alexander, a former Edna Karr standout, scored high enough on his latest ACT test to qualify academically, a source told The Advocate last week. The 6-foot-2, 333-pounder, though, has not been cleared yet by the NCAA clearinghouse, the coach said. LSU begins preseason camp on Aug. 4. Players report Aug. 3.
“Ed Alexander should have the opportunity to report on time,” the coach said at the Rotary Club meeting Wednesday. “If not, we would expect that he would become eligible shortly.”
Alexander and Anthony are the only two of 24 signees not to have enrolled in classes.
Anthony’s situation is vastly different, and Miles suggested, again as he did last week, that the school will appeal an NCAA decision ruling him ineligible. The coach suggested the program could be currently appealing a decision with regard to Anthony, ranked as the 15th-best weak-side defensive end in the nation in the 2016 class who competed in the Under Armour All-American Game.
“I don’t know if we’re in an appeal position with him yet or not,” the coach said.
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Miles said he expects Anthony to eventually get cleared, but it seems like a stretch.
The hangup regards Anthony’s year and a half spent at Miller McCoy Academy in New Orleans. Miller McCoy shut down two years ago, and the NCAA is questioning his coursework from Miller McCoy, Miles indicated in an impassioned statement defending Anthony at SEC media days last week.
Miles on Delahoussaye recovery: ‘It will take some time’
Miles indicated that kicker Colby Delahoussaye will miss a portion of preseason camp while recovering from injuries he suffered in a fiery car crash over the weekend.
And the coach told a Rotary Club crowd that alcohol was not involved in the accident.
“Certainly, there’s going to be some time he’s going to have to do some rehabilitation,” the coach said. “I don’t think his injuries will consume his time. He’ll take some time to get healthy. Obviously he’s been through real trauma.”
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Asked if Delahoussaye would miss the start of camp, Miles said he hadn’t “given thought” to it.
“Just talked to him once. I’ll visit with him again soon,” he said.
Delahoussaye, projected as the Tigers’ starter, was the lone survivor of a fiery single car crash in Wisconsin on Saturday night that took the lives of two other football players, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The three players were in the state while at a kicking camp near Milwaukee.
Delahoussaye, a senior from New Iberia, escaped from the backseat of the Mercedes Coupe. He sustained a second-degree burn on his left thigh, needed stitches to his head and suffered bruising around his hips and chest. Second-degree burns take 10-21 days to heal.
LSU called in a burn specialist to treat Delahoussaye’s wounds, his father, Dwayne, said earlier this week.
“I don’t know what length (of the recovery will be),” Miles said. “It will take some time.”