Five LSU football players out for the year

LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Wednesday that linebacker Tahj Jones and three other reserve players - tight end Tyler Edwards, linebacker D.J. Welter and offensive lineman Evan Washington - will miss the season.

Miles also confirmed that backup defensive end Jordan Allen is out for

the remainder of the season with an unspecified injury.

Miles declined to specify why Jones, Edwards, Welter and Washington

will miss the season. A report Tuesday by the New Orleans

Times-Picayune citing unnamed sources said the four players are

academically ineligible.

The loss of these five players brings to seven the number of returning

players LSU has lost for this season. That list also includes

All-American cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who was dismissed from team in

August for what reportedly was a failure of the school’s drug policy,

and starting left tackle Chris Faulk, who suffered a knee injury in

practice before last week’s Washington game.

Three LSU recruits - wide receiver Avery Johnson (younger brother of

former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson), quarterback Jeremy Liggins

and junior college transfer Fehoko Fanaika - were ruled academically

ineligible before the season began. Incoming freshman wide receiver

Travin Dural also suffered a knee injury in August practice.

Jones, a junior from Sulphur, was a projected starter at strongside

linebacker. He’s since been replaced by junior Luke Muncie, who has

started the Tigers’ first two games.

Johnson is playing this season at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. His

father, Patrick Peterson Sr., said Johnson still plans to enroll at

LSU in January.

Before the season, Miles said Jones was being held out pending an

appeal on his academic eligibility along with running back Michael

Ford. Ford was eventually cleared to play, but Jones was not.

Back on Aug. 30, Edwards tweeted: “My motivation has been weakened by

the consequences of my failure...But this is a new beginning for me.”

On Sept. 7 he tweeted, “Everything happens for a reason.”

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