Jermauria Rasco’s injury gives LSU time to look at other DEs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90) and defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) converge on quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16) during drills Aug. 8.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90) and defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) converge on quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16) during drills Aug. 8.

BY SCOTT RABALAIS

srabalais@theadvocate.com

Junior defensive end Jermauria Rasco continues to be limited in contact following his offseason shoulder surgery, wearing a green (non-contact) jersey during Saturday’s scrimmage.

LSU coach Les Miles, ever the one to search for a silver lining, said Rasco’s limitations mean more time to focus on players like Danielle Hunter, Jordan Allen and freshmen the Tigers will count on to repopulate a defensive line gutted by graduation and early NFL departures.

“The good news is we know Rasco will be one of the ones,” Miles said. “We know Allen and Hunter will be in the mix. That’s taken for granted. Now other guys like (freshmen) Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal are being brought along. It’s really working out pretty well.

“Danielle Hunter knocked down a couple of passes (Saturday). He’s creating real havoc on the offense at times. Both (tackles) Ego (Ferguson) and Anthony (Johnson) are playing really well. At the other end, Jordan Allen, is playing really, really well as a veteran who’s kind of waiting his turn, maintaining that spot and playing extremely well.”

Brazil nation

Speedy freshman Jeryl Brazil from Loranger continues to demonstrate that LSU’s coaching staff is compelled to find some place for him to make a contrubution.

Exactly where he winds up remains a question mark midway through LSU’s preseason practice.

“We’re letting Jeryl take some receiver snaps, cornerback snaps, punt return snaps and a little at running back,” Miles said. “But again, we’re just getting started.”

Robinson nearly clear?

Miles also had no news on the status of freshman defensive back Rashard Robinson, but said he is encouraged by the progress of his case through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound cornerback from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely, had a course flagged that he retook over the summer, Miles said. Despite not being able to participate in practice yet, he is listed on LSU’s current roster.

Robinson is from the same school that produced former All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson and his brother, freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson. Avery is currently out after breaking his ankle in practice earlier this month.

No word on Williford

Miles said there was no update on the status of projected starting left guard Josh Williford.

The senior suffered a concussion in practice Aug. 8, his second major concussion in less than a year. Williford was also injured Oct. 6 last season at Florida, forcing him to miss the balance of the 2012 campaign.

Season ticket record

LSU reported Saturday that the school has sold out its football season tickets for the 10th straight year, setting a record in the process. LSU sold 68,772 season tickets for 2013, eclipsing the total of 68,650 sold from 2008-2010.

“The demand for LSU football tickets is as strong as ever,” LSU athletic ticket manager Brian Broussard said. “We will continue to make every effort to help those fans who weren’t able to get season tickets by giving them an opportunity at single game seats.”

LSU has single game tickets available for its Sept. 7 home opener with UAB, Kent State on Sept. 14, Furman on Oct. 26 and Arkansas on Nov. 23. Games against Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M ae sold out.

LSU’s season ticket availability will increase for the 2014 season with the completion of a south end zone addition to Tiger Stadium. Athletic director Joe Alleva said some seats in the lower bowl currently sold to visiting teams will be moved to the new south upper deck, opening up new areas for LSU to fans to buy season tickets.

What’s next?

The Tigers will take Sunday off with an eye toward two big days Monday and Tuesday.

LSU is slated for two-a-day practices Monday morning and afternoon leading up to the team’s third scrimmage Tuesday in Tiger Stadium.