By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Travonte Valentine’s LSU career is over — again.
The talented-but-troubled nose tackle was dismissed from the LSU football program for violating team rules, the school announced Thursday. The sophomore had rejoined the program in the fall after being initially booted during his freshman year.
Valentine, a massive body thought to be a key piece in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 defense, never panned out. He recorded 10 tackles during LSU’s first five games but didn’t play in the final seven games of the season.
“At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “We wish him the best.”
Greg Gilmore will return in 2017 as LSU’s starting nose tackle with rising sophomore Ed Alexander also figuring into the mix.