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LSU’s leading rusher cleared to play in opener

Michael Ford, Elton Ford, Alonzo Highsmith AP

On Thursday, LSU confirmed that its season opener against North Texas this weekend would go off as planned.  A short time later, the Tigers confirmed one of its most productive offensive weapons in 2011 would be in tow to start the 2012 season as well.

Head coach Les Miles announced this evening that running back Michael Ford has been cleared to play and will be on the field when the Tigers take on the Mean Green Saturday night in Baton Rouge.  Ford and linebacker Tahj Jones have been dealing with eligibility issues involving academics that put their availability in doubt for the opener and beyond.

As of tonight, Jones’ status has yet to be resolved, and it’s unclear if it will be resolved one way or the other prior to kickoff..

As a junior last season, Ford led LSU with 756 yards rushing while also adding seven touchdowns on the ground.  While his absence for any period of time, given the depth LSU possesses at the position, wouldn’t have been detrimental, his presence will do nothing but help a Tiger squad breaking in a first-year starter under center.

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5 Responses to “LSU’s leading rusher cleared to play in opener”
  1. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 30, 2012 11:13 PM

    Geaux Tigers!!!!

  2. suprmous says: Aug 31, 2012 12:54 AM

    Indeed good news. Makes for an interesting season even more. Michael’s a heads up player and just like others before him he loves the game. Whew, when I hear of good news now I get the chills. There indeed is a watchful eye watchin out for us.

  3. mauldawg says: Aug 31, 2012 5:48 AM

    This was LSU,any doubt that grades would be taken care of.Once again it just shows winning football games comes first.

  4. foreverlsu says: Aug 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    …and of course, mauldawg knows all of the circumstances of Michaelf Ford’s case and we should defer to him.

  5. kozbee says: Aug 31, 2012 11:19 AM

    OK` who fixed the papers ?

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