ARLINGTON, Texas — LSU tailback Jeremy Hill did not play in Saturday’s Cowboys Classic against TCU, apparently serving at least a one-game suspension for his offseason legal issues.
Hill suited up and took part in pregame warmups, but the sophomore from Redemptorist spent the entire game on the LSU sideline.
Hill was reinstated to the team after a judge ruled Aug. 5 that he did not violate his probation by punching a man April 27 outside a bar near the LSU campus.
LSU coach Les Miles said at the time there would be “further punishment” for Hill, who first went on probation on a charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010.
Miles steadfastly refused to say if Hill would be held out in the days leading up to the Tigers’ season opener, only that the star running back would be “withheld from play” in some fashion.
“Well, I just want you to know we think the world of Jeremy Hill, and we think he’s a fine young man,” Miles said Saturday. “And we look forward to playing him very soon.”
Senior Alfred Blue started at tailback. The Tigers played two other tailbacks: Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee, the latter scoring on a 52-yard run in the third quarter that was the longest in Cowboys Classic history. Magee added his second TD later in the third.
“I thought (Blue) was great. I felt like both he and Magee were just what we needed,” Miles said. “They played hard, rugged and tough.”
Casey Pachall started at quarterback for TCU, but fellow quarterback Trevone Boykin also started as a slot receiver. TCU coach Gary Patterson said during game week both might start the game.
Boykin played quarterback for much of the second half.
Kwon Alexander started at strongside linebacker in place of Tahj Jones, who did not make the trip because of an unspecified injury, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said.
Bonnette said Jones should play next Saturday against UAB.
LSU’s starting defensive ends were Jermauria Rasco and Jordan Allen, with Danielle Hunter serving as Allen’s backup. Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings made his first appearance in the third quarter, rushing for a first down on a sneak.
The rare return
The last time LSU gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown before B.J. Catalon’s 100-yard score in second quarter Saturday was an 88-yard return by Florida’s Andre Debose on Oct. 9, 2010.
Hail to the (new) chief
New LSU President F. King Alexander took in his first game as head of the LSU system Saturday, watching from a suite high above the field with athletic director Joe Alleva and other LSU officials.
“I love the energy,” Alexander said moments before kickoff. “The band was outstanding. Coming back to college football is great.”
Alexander comes to LSU from Long Beach State, which dropped football in 1991.
Alexander spent three days in the Dallas-Fort Worth area leading up to the game, meeting with alumni and hosting a recruiting function for 500 high school students at the nearby Arlington Convention Center.
In recent seasons, multiple LSU place-kickers and punters shared numbers. This year, the NCAA instituted a rule that prohibits two players who play the same position from wearing the same number during the game.
James Hairston, who will kick off and perhaps attempt long field goals, is the only No. 30 after sharing that number with fellow place-kicker Drew Alleman the past two seasons.
Punter Jamie Keehn is the only No. 38 after sharing that number with Brad Wing last season. Colby Delahoussaye, the primary place-kicker, is wearing No. 42. Trent Domingue, a backup place-kicker and punter, is wearing No. 21.
Both wore No. 30 last season.
Les East and Matthew Harris contributed to this report.