LSU defensive backs Jontre Kirkland (13) and Kristian Fulton (22) go through a tackling drill. Fulton’s suspension was upheld. (Photo courtesy of The Advocate)
LSU still juggling QB rotation; Fulton suspension upheld
Still trying to find the right guy for the most important position on the field, the LSU Tiger coaching staff made some rotation changes in the last few days of fall camp.
While junior Justin McMillan and sophomore Myles Brennan had alternated taking the first snap in most drills through the first four practices, grad transfer Joe Burrow moved up to the second spot Wednesday.
However on Thursday, Burrow had moved to third in the rotation taking snaps, behind McMillan and Brennan. Burrow had been the fourth guy up during media viewing Saturday through Tuesday.
The four quarterbacks are in a battle to see who will be the starter in the opener against Miami on September 3
LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton’s suspension will continue into the 2018 season as the NCAA denied an appeal Thursday of his two-year punishment for tampering with a February 2017 drug test, his attorney told The Advocate on Thursday afternoon.
Alabama-based attorney Don Jackson said that “hopefully that’s not the end” and that he and Fulton will be pursuing a waiver with the NCAA.
Jackson said he doesn’t have a timetable yet for pursuing that waiver.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said after practice Wednesday that Fulton, the nation’s No. 1-rated cornerback prospect coming out of Archbishop Rummel in 2016, has been practicing with the first- and second-team units throughout preseason camp, raising the possibility he would start opposite preseason All-American Greedy Williams if cleared.
“Of course, I am very disappointed by this decision,” Orgeron said in a statement Thursday. “He’s done what we’ve asked him to do and I believe the appeal was a good one. He’s going to keep working and we’re going to stick by him.”
LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop. LSU athletic officials confirmed they learned of Taylor’s case Wednesday and that he is suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
On May 31, Taylor was booked into a local jail, and nearly five hours later he posted bond for the total sum of $33,550, according to the booking report from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
The three crimes for which Taylor was arrested are all classified as felonies. LSU athletes who are charged with felonies “will be immediately suspended from participation in intercollegiate athletics,” the LSU student-athlete handbook says.
Taylor had been practicing with the LSU football team since preseason camp began Saturday. He also participated in spring practice, which was between the time of the Jan. 8 burglary and Taylor’s May 31 arrest.
Taylor played in all of LSU’s 13 games last season, recording 32 tackles and 1½ sacks.
On Thursday, Preseason All-American sophomore corner Greedy Williams was absent for the second consecutive day. So was sophomore corner Kary Vincent, sophomore linebacker Patrick Queen, senior safety Ed Paris, sophomore corner Mannie Netherly and sophomore safety Eric Monroe.
But freshman nosetackle Tyler Shelvin and junior nose Ed Alexander returned to the field after being absent during Wednesday’s allotted time. Sophomore defensive end Neil Farrell also returned.