Russell Shepard Could Be Suspended For LSU Opener, Says Les Miles

LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard, once thought to be in the clear to play for the Tigers in their season-opening showdown against Oregon, may still be suspended for the game in relation to a compliance issue, according to LSU coach Les Miles. Miles told CBSSports.com that LSU doesn't know whether Shepard will be eligible for the September 3 clash at Cowboys Stadium.

"It's premature at this point," he said, adding this typically Miles-ian gem: "When I know more, I'll be forthcoming. Or I won't be forthcoming, and I'll be honestly deceptive."

Miles is likely not actually lying or planning to lie about Shepard's eligibility — but it's Les Miles, so who knows, really?

Shepard could be a crucial piece of the LSU offense in 2011, having racked up 33 catches for 254 yards and 32 carries for 226 rushing yards as a sophomore in 2010, and may need to step up as the Tigers attempt to replace Terrance Toliver. And if the alleged compliance issue at hand — Shepard living with an LSU employee — turns out to be an impermissible benefit under NCAA rules and grounds for suspension, the Tigers could miss him dearly against the high-speed Ducks.

For LSU news, keep an eye on And The Valley Shook.

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