Sidelined for LSU’s season opener because of an offseason arrest, Jeremy Hill and his status for the second game of the season was, at least publicly, up in the air earlier in the week.
Reportedly, that status has been clarified.
Citing a source familiar with the situation, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported Friday afternoon that the running back “will be allowed to play Saturday in the Tigers’ home opener against UAB.” The report comes three days after head coach Les Miles was quoted as saying that “[w]e’ll put him on the field, I guess I should say, when we’re ready.”
Hill will not start — that job will remain Alfred Blue‘s for the time being — but is expected to be a part of the game plan.
In late April, Hill was arrested and charged with battery following an incident outside of a local bar and indefinitely suspended. It was thought that arrest violated the terms of his probation for a previous crime – he was arrested two years ago on a felony charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl and later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor — although a judge later decided that was not the case.
He pleaded guilty to simple battery in July and was sentenced to two more years of probation as well as 40 hours of community service. He was reinstated to the team in early August, although the “additional punishment” Miles spoke of at the time included missing the opener against TCU.
As a freshman in 2012, Hill led all Tigers with 755 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
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.