Four members of the LSU Tigers football team have been ruled academically ineligible for the 2012 college football season. The four players who have been ruled ineligible are junior linebacker Tahj Jones, senior tight end Tyler Edwards, sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter and sophomore offensive lineman Evan Washington.
It is a crippling blow to the depth of the LSU football squad that has already lost starting offensive tackle Chris Faulk and freshman wide receiver Travin Dural for the season with injuries.
Add this to the team’s dismissal of All-American Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu and the Tigers could be in a lot of trouble as the season progresses.
Jones is the most significant loss of the bunch for the Tigers. Jones saw a lot of time on the field last season as a backup and he got one start. He was expected to play a big role for LSU after leaving spring practice as the team’s starting strongside linebacker.
Edwards is also a seasoned vet having played in 39 games over the past three years. Edwards was primarily used as a blocking tight end for the Tigers in multiple tight end sets.
LSU will host the Idaho Vandals this weekend in a game that they will be heavily favored in before facing off against their first SEC opponent of the season — the Auburn Tigers. Following the week four matchup in Auburn, LSU will then take on the Tigers of Towson before kicking off their SEC schedule in full force in a trip to Gainesville.
From then on out, it will be tough sailing for LSU who will have every ounce of their depth tested.