Jeryl Brazil suspended indefinitely from LSU football team

LSU running back Jeryl Brazil has been suspended indefinitely, coach Les Miles said Wednesday, in a move that came after the freshman was arrested last Friday on a misdemeanor summons stemming from a dispute at the West Campus Apartments.

“As soon as we heard there was an issue, he was suspended,” Miles said. “He’s going to have to sort this thing out. This is his responsibility.”

Brazil, a Loranger native, received the summons for simple criminal damage to property and simple battery after grabbing a woman by the neck and pushed into a sofa, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, the spokesman for LSU police.

Officers were dispatched to the apartment at 3:34 a.m. on Oct. 18 in response to a complaint. The woman told police Brazil came to her apartment upset about “something that had happened earlier,” Lalonde said.

During the incident, the woman and other friends to tried to calm down Brazil, who then grabbed the woman and pushed her down and struck the wall as he left. Witnesses corroborated this account to officers, Lalonde said.

Officers located Brazil a short time later in the same complex, placed him under arrest and took him to police headquarters for questioning. Lalonde said Brazil told officers he punched the wall but denied grabbing the woman.

He was issued a misdemeanor summons, and the case has been forwarded to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore’s office for further action.

On Sept. 11, Brazil was also arrested and issued a similar summons for disturbing the peace after an altercation outside dining hall with another student.

Brazil, a consensus four-star recruit, did not travel with LSU last weekend to Ole Miss. His only playing time came Sept. 7 against UAB, when carried twice for 10 yards.

Slip leaves Copeland sitting

A week after a slipping in the shower and hitting his head, senior fullback J.C. Copeland is a likely scratch for Saturday night against Furman.

“I don’t know that he’ll be with us this Saturday,” Miles said.

Miles said Copeland was leaving the shower or near the tiled area when the fall happened. He hit the back of his head. Copeland did not travel to Ole Miss last weekend.

“There was not horseplay,” Miles said. “I’d like to go blame somebody. It was an unusual fall.”

Meanwhile, senior linebacker Tahj Jones (hamstring) could be back in the rotation, Miles said.

“He’s practiced this week, and it’ll be interesting to see what he did today,” Miles said.

Focus on Furman

On Monday, Miles spewed mea culpas for not focusing LSU properly before its loss at Ole Miss.

So, does the arrival of the Paladins — a Football Championship Subdivision team — allow for the Tigers to strip down to basics and drive home the point?

“I can only tell you that we will prepare and be ready for Furman,” Miles said. “They have a toughness and an athleticism that you better prepare.”

Mild night in Death Valley?

Two weeks ago, an actual attendance of 78,000 for a top-20 matchup against Florida raised questions about attendance at LSU home games.

Now comes a home date against Furman — not the most scintillating game on the Tigers’ schedule. Miles said it’s a reality he understands.

“Certainly we would enjoy a very large crowd, but we’re a team that wants to play,” Miles said. “I do understand the draw of certain names over other names.”