Three suspended from opener now available; Les on offensive line, Danny Etling
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Les Miles didn’t provide much clarity on injured running back Leonard Fournette’s status heading into Saturday’s home opener against Jacksonville State.
The coach declined to answer whether LSU’s star tailback practiced Wednesday at his post-practice presser.
“I’m not going to answer that question,” Miles said.
Miles said Tuesday that Fournette did not practice on Monday. Fournette appeared to re-injure the ankle he sprained during fall camp in the final minutes of the Tigers’ 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. Miles offered only that Fournette’s ankle was “better.”
“As far as I know,” Miles said, asked if he still expected Fournette to suit up on Saturday.
While Miles remained largely mum on Fournette’s status, he did confirm that the three players who didn’t travel to Green Bay — defensive end Frank Herron, cornerback Saivion Smith and wide receiver Dee Anderson — will be available against Jacksonville State.
The coach also confirmed the three were in fact suspended from the opener. Here’s some other quotes and notes from the presser:
– Asked about any potential shakeup along the offensive line, Miles said aside from the obvious, that Josh Boutte will serve his one-game suspension, the rest of the line will look “familiar” to the group LSU started up front last week. Maea Teuhem is slated to start in Boutte’s place at right guard, per LSU’s depth chart.
– Miles said that quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Danny Etling both take both first and second team reps during practice. While he confirmed Harris is LSU’s starting quarterback with Etling as the clear No. 2, Miles did say “I think there’s a chance (Etling) could see time under a couple of situations.”