The LSU Tigers bid for another SEC Championship was dealt a slight blow on Wednesday, as it was announced that four players were ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. Only one of the four, junior linebacker Tahj Jones, was a starter.
Also gone are senior tight end Tyler Edwards, sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter, and sophomore offensive lineman Evan Washington.
The Tigers’ depth has taken a hit over the last month. First, Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed due to a series of failed drug tests. Then, starting left tackle Chris Faulk was lost to a knee injury after the North Texas game.
Jones saw significant playing time in 2011 as a reserve linebacker, recording 27 tackles. Edwards has played in 39 games over his three year career with one start and one reception for 10 yards. Welter played in seven games in 2011 and recorded five tackles. Washington redshirted in 2010 and saw no action in 2011 due to an injury.
LSU entered the 2012 season with the linebacker position being a question mark. Through two games, the linebacking corp has tallied 43 tackles with juniors Kevin Minter and Lamin Barrow leading the way with 15 and 13 respectively. Quality depth has been provided by a highly regarded group of freshman.
Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones have played quality minutes while learning on the move. Alexander has amassed five tackles, while Jones has added four.
Junior Luke Muncie will step in for Jones as the starter. Muncie, the 6’3″, 210 pound junior, has six total tackles on the year.
The Tigers will scrimmage against the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, before entering SEC play at Auburn on September 22.
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