Any hope LSU had entertained in getting back a projected starter on the defensive side of the ball has officially been dashed.
Head coach Les Miles confirmed Wednesday that linebacker Tahj Jones, as well as three other Tigers, have been ruled ineligible for the 2012 season. The others are tight end Tyler Edwards (26 career games, no starts), offensive lineman Evan Washington (hasn’t played) and linebacker D.J. Welter (seven career games, zero starts).
Jones and running back Michael Ford had battled eligibility issues in the weeks leading up to the opener, with those issues reportedly related to academics. While Ford was ultimately cleared prior to Week 1, Jones had missed the first two games as the decision was appealed.
That appeal was denied at some point recently.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009, Jones played in 27 games the past two seasons. He exited spring practice as the Tigers’ starting strongside linebacker.