When it Rains it Pours, LSU edition

"What now?"

The news coming out of Baton Rouge keeps getting worse for the Tigers.  Starting QB Jordan Jefferson and reserve LB Josh Johns have turned themselves into authorities after warrants were issued for their arrests for their part in the brawl outside a local bar last week.  The two have posted bail but are also suspended indefinitely by LSU.  Police have interviewed witnesses that say that the LSU players were not the one’s to throw the first punch, but also have implicated Jefferson as kicking one of the victims in the head as he lay on the ground.

In place of Jefferson, Sr. Jarret Lee will most likely get the start against the Ducks.  Like I said, when it rains it pours.  Lee has a career stat line that has more interceptions than TDs and a completion percentage close to 50.

Shepard, practicing for his part in the Oregon game

But it is still raining.  Jr. receiver Russell Shepard has also been suspended for the season opener and could miss more than that while LSU seeks to get him reinstated.  Shepard is tied for the lead in receptions amongst returning receivers from last season and even rushed 32 times last season for 226 yds and 2 TDs.  His presence will be missed.  Shepard is not suspended in connection with the bar fight, but for breaking NCAA rules by discussing an interview he had with NCAA investigators with a teammate who was also scheduled to talk to the NCAA.

I have no doubt that Les Miles will have the reserves coached up, and prepared for Oregon, but at some point you have to wonder just how much of a distraction all this negative publicity will be.  Very quickly LSU has gone from preseason top 5 team and favorite to win the SEC West in some circles to being considered a 4 or more loss team before this season is over.  Best of luck to the Tigers this season, but keep your umbrella handy, just in case.

-Jeff

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