LSU Tigers Lose 4 Football Players To Academic Suspensions

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 15: Cornerback Morris Claiborne #17 of the LSU Tigers kneels to give thanks with linebacker Tahj Jones #58 of the LSU Tigers after they beat Mississippi State 19-6 on September 15, 2011 at Davis Wade stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

The LSU Tigers have lost four football players including linebacker Tahj Jones for the entire 2012-2013 season due to academic ineligibility.

The LSU Tigers will be without linebacker Tahj Jones, tight end Tyler Edwards, linebacker D.J. Welter, offensive lineman Evan Washington and defensive end Jordan Allen this season.

The first four were suspended due to academic ineligibility, as first reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The reports were confirmed by Tigers head coach Les Miles on Wednesday, though he would not specify the reason for the suspensions. Allen has an unspecified injury.

Jones, who was a projected starter, is the only one in the group who would likely have seen significant playing time this season. The junior has been replaced in the lineup by junior Luke Muncie.

LSU had filed an appeal on Jones' academic record with the NCAA, but lost. The school did the same for junior tailback Michael Ford and won. Ford has played in both of the Tigers' first two games.

For more on the LSU Tigers, check out And The Valley Shook and Team Speed Kills. All your college football news and info can be found at SB Nation's college football news hub.

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