As it turns out, a bomb threat that cost LSU some practice time yesterday is the least of the Tigers’ worries.
Starting running back Alfred Blue suffered a knee injury during LSU’s game this past weekend that knocked him out for the remainder of the blowout win over Idaho. Head coach Les Miles acknowledged Monday that Blue will not play this weekend against SEC West rival Auburn, adding “[i]t may be a couple of weeks” before the junior returns.
The New Orleans Time-Picayune, however, wrote that Blue will “likely [be sidelined for] several more games” beyond the Auburn game.
Blue is currently second on the team with 270 yards, having broken the century mark in each of the first two games of the season. Kenny Hilliard currently leads the Tigers in rushing yards (303) yards per carry (a gaudy 8.3) and rushing touchdowns (six), and will likely slide effortlessly into Blue’s starting role. Or, there’s the starter on the 2011 SEC title-winning squad on which to fall back.
After a brief eligibility scare prior to the start of the 2012 season, last year’s leading rusher, Michael Ford, is also back and will likely see his workload — starting or otherwise — increased as well.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.