The hits just keep on coming for LSU. According to this report from ESPN, LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard has been suspended for the season opener against Oregon. Shepard is expected to miss multiple games while the NCAA reviews his case. Shepard was expected to start at wide receiver while also receiving carries out of the backfield. He finished last year with 490 all purpose yards and three touchdowns.
This a HUGE blow for LSU. The last thing this team needs is more controversy. This suspension stems from LSU’s involvement with Willie Lyles, a scouting service owner. Shepard apparently discussed details about NCAA questioning with another teammate who was to be questioned. This leads back to Lyles. LSU has cooperated with the NCAA investigation and hopes that this Shepard situation can be resolved quickly.
Things look bad for LSU title hopes. The potential of losing Jordan Jefferson is one thing. Actually losing one of your top offensive threats is another. Right now, I would discount LSU’s chances of beating Oregon. There is just too much drama going on with this program. It seems like every two hours something new happens. Too bad none of it has been good.
When more details about the Shepard suspension break, we will bring them to you.