LSU freshman running back Jeryl Brazil cited for fighting

LSU freshman Jeryl Brazil received a misdemeanor summons from LSU campus police after he was allegedly involved in a fight outside a dining hall last week.

The Loranger High graduate was issued a ticket to appear in Baton Rouge City Court but he was not taken into custody.

The summons — first reported by The Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, on Wednesday — was for Brazil’s role in a Sept. 11 scuffle with student Brian Warford.

Brazil, who was recruited a cornerback, rushed the ball twice for 10 yards against Alabama-Birmingham two weeks ago, but didn’t play in a 44-13 rout of Kent State last week.

On Wednesday, LSU coach Les Miles said Brazil “might play” against Auburn at 6:45 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

As far as what discipline awaits Brazil, Miles declined to give details.

“We handle all those things internally,” Miles said. “That’s something we need to discuss.”

Thomas status is a go

Sophomore tackle Quentin Thomas, who sat out last week against Kent State, should be cleared for Saturday night’s game against Auburn.

Thomas, who had a fumble recovery in a 56-13 victory over UAB, joins the list of linebacker Lamin Barrow, strong safety Craig Loston, and cornerback Tre’Davious White who should be available after either sitting out or seeing limited action against the Golden Flashes.

Reps for Jennings?

A hot topic is whether freshman backup quarterback Anthony Jennings will see more than a few snaps Saturday.

A week ago, Miles said the optimal number to aim for would be “about 15” per game for the dual-threat quarterback from Marietta, Ga. Jennings saw nine snaps over the final five minutes of the fourth quarter against Kent State, but didn’t throw a pass.

“We’re getting our second- team quarterback a lot of reps,” Miles said. “He should be able to operate the offense, to be honest.”

When he played against UAB, it was after Miles subbed him for three plays, which included a fumble during a 5-yard loss and saw Zach Mettenberger reinserted facing a third-and-21 early in the third quarter. The 6-2, 205-pound Jennings came back in the fourth quarter, but only attempted one pass — an 11-yard completion to Quantavius Leslie.

Obviously, circumstances Saturday will dictate how much time — if any — Jennings sees as LSU tries to develop an insurance plan in case Mettenberger goes down with an injury.

“Kind of a tough thing to say,” Miles said.

Homecoming of sorts

The Arizona Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints at noon Sunday at the Merecedes-Benz Superdome. That means the return of three former LSU stars — cornerback Patrick Peterson, linebacker Kevin Minter and safety Tyrann Mathieu — to the state where they played college ball.

Miles said it’s unlikely he’ll be able to catch the game on TV, much less make the drive down Interstate 10 watch it live.

“There’s no chance that I would sneak away on Sunday,” Miles said. “I’ll be in here at about noon and work until I go home.”

Seriously, he won’t be tempted to flip on the tube? Even briefly?

“If I do, it’ll just distract me,” Miles said. “I’ll get tidbits from young coaches. They keep it on all the time. They’re those guys that can multitask with distraction upon distraction.”

So far, it’s been a stellar start for Mathieu, who was dismissed from the LSU program in 2012 for reportedly failing drug tests. He was arrested two months later with three other former Tigers players in an off-campus apartment for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Picked in the third round of the NFL draft by the Cardinals, Mathieu, who has 13 tackles and forced two fumbles, stopped Detroit wide receiver Nate Burleson 1 yard short of a first down to seal last week’s 25-21 victory.

“It’s why we’re in the business,” Miles said. “Knowing he had to win some battles to get to where he’s at right now, how wonderful. We root for him. We certainly enjoy him greatly.”

Paladins on PPV

LSU’s Oct. 26 homecoming game against Furman has been designated for TigerVision, the school’s in-house pay-per-view network.

Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

Ordering instructions and other information regarding the telecast will be available in the coming weeks, the school said.

It will likely be the last TigerVision football telecast for the foreseeable future, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said.

All in-house pay-per-view games for SEC schools will be eliminated once the SEC Network begins in August 2014.

LSU began showing games on TigerVision in 1982.

Advocate sportswriters Les East and Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.