There are rumors swirling around the LSU Tigers football program that senior offensive tackle Alex Hurst may have quit the football team. Earlier in the week, head coach Les Miles hinted that the team could be without Hurst for their big SEC clash against the South Carolina Gamecocks today but he would not go into detail.
“Alex had kind of a nick and some issues that are personal to him and has missed some time,” Miles said. “We don’t expect that he will miss the back end of the week.”
Miles was asked during the Wednesday media session if Hurst may have quit the team and he was very vague with his answer saying, “I think those are some things we need to work out. I think (he’s) fully part of the team. (We) expect him to play based on things that have not been worked out yet.”
Losing Hurst would just be the latest blow to an offensive line that has lost first-round draft prosepct Chris Faulk to the season with a knee injury. Starting right guard Josh Williams is also questionable with a head injury that he suffered last week against the Florida Gators.
As the week has gone on, the rumors have gained steam that Hurst quit the team. LSU beat writer Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reiterated the rumor in a chat that took place Friday.
If Hurst did in fact quit the team, senior Josh Dworaczyk would get the start.
UPDATE: Hurst was not on campus Friday and is reportedly back at his home in Tennessee. He is expected to be considering his options for the future and could return to the team in a few days.