Jordan Jefferson Continues To Be Bad At Everything

Maybe a stint in the slammer wouldn’t have been such a bad thing for Jordan Jefferson after all. At least he’d still have his dignity.

The latest disgrace for the former LSU quarterback came at the NFL Combine, where he received the lowest grade of any player at the event with a 44. Again, that’s not just the lowest score for a quarterback. We’re talking about any player invited to the combine, period. The only player to come remotely close to faring as poorly as Jefferson was Purdue kicker Jordan Wiggs, who scored a 44.6 overall. Perhaps that just means Wiggs could have crossed the 50 at the national championship game sometime before the fourth quarter.

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Experience separates LSU, Alabama at QB

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even as LSU’s Jarrett Lee called AJ McCarron “a great quarterback,” he wondered whether Alabama’s first-year starter could appreciate the pressurized environment he’ll encounter on Saturday night.

“This is a pretty big ball game and we have a very talented team,” Lee said of the top-ranked Tigers’ highly anticipated trip to Tuscaloosa. “So I don’t think he’s experienced anything like this.”

Oddly, neither of the nation’s two highest-ranked teams have relied heavily on their quarterbacks so far this season, bucking a trend in college football toward spread offenses that throw all over the field. Instead, LSU and second-ranked Alabama have rolled to double-digit victories in all eight of their games on the strength of their punishing running games and suffocating, hard-hitting defenses.

“As far as the quarterback position goes, we’re just trying to manage the ball game,” Lee said. “Between us two teams, I don’t guess the quarterbacks throw up a whole lot of big stats in the passing game. … We’re not worried about stats. We just want to keep winning.”

Yet, because the Tigers and Crimson Tide have similar strengths, their matchup might turn on the performance of their quarterbacks, who to this point have had to do little more than minimize mistakes and make enough throws to keep defenses honest.

For Lee, the main difference between the two teams’ signal callers is the amount of big games under their belts, and the maturity that comes with that.

Lee and fellow senior Jordan Jefferson each have taken a lot of snaps at LSU since 2008, learning from errors they made in dramatic losses to Southeastern Conference rivals. They’ve steadily gained the confidence to make decisive plays with games on the line, as they did several times last season, including in the Tigers’ 24-21 victory over Alabama.

“One thing for us is, me and Jordan, we’ve been in big ball games before,” Lee said. “We’ve won big ball games, so the experience is one of the major factors as far as the quarterback position between us and them.”

LSU coach Les Miles echoed Lee’s comments, predicting that the Tigers’ “experience at quarterback will give us certain advantages in running our offense and doing the things we want to do.”

McCarron, a sophomore, is 8-0 as a starter for an Alabama team that has overmatched every opponent so far.

He has yet to lead a fourth-quarter scoring drive with a game on the line in his career. Still, he has been largely mistake-free since throwing a pair of interceptions in his debut as a starter against Kent State.

Before throwing only his third interception of the season against Tennessee two weeks ago, he threw 152 straight passes without being picked off, the third longest streak in Alabama history.

McCarron has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,664 yards and 10 TDs, which compares well to Lee’s 63 percent passing for 1,250 yards and 13 TDs.

“He makes quality decisions, is very confident with his throws and is protected pretty well,” Miles said of McCarron. “He is really doing the things that their coaches are asking him to do.”

While Alabama does not make McCarron available for interviews, his teammates praise his poise in the huddle and express little doubt that he’ll remain steady in the face of a play-making LSU defense that has 19 sacks, 11 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles this season.

“AJ’s a leader out there on the field and he’ll get the job done,” Alabama receiver Darius Hanks said. “He can handle the tough situations. For him to be a young quarterback, when things don’t go well, he’s always one of the guys saying, ‘Let’s go, let’s pick things up’ out there on the field.”

If McCarron struggles, Alabama might have to stick with him. LSU, however, has the luxury of changing things up. While Lee, a more conventional pocket passer, takes the overwhelming majority of snaps, Miles has worked Jefferson into games regularly. Jefferson runs the option and has only thrown the ball 10 times, but has completed six of those passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

“Both of their quarterbacks are playing extremely well,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban, noting that both played key roles in LSU’s victory over the Tide last season. “Even though Jarrett Lee has played a lot more, Jordan Jefferson has complemented him extremely well when he’s come in with a little different style. It creates a lot of preparation time” for defenses.

Lee is a strong-armed Texan who arrived at LSU unafraid to take risks down field, but paid for it with 16 interceptions in his freshman season, including four in an overtime loss to Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

This season, Lee has thrown only one interception in 155 attempts and speaks confidently of his ability to make clutch throws against anyone.

At times, he still sees himself as big-play quarterback, which he has backed up with some long completions to leading LSU receiver Rueben Randle. Yet Lee sees no reason why quarterbacks like him, or McCarron, should take offense to being labeled a “game manager.”

“It just means we’re winning,” Lee said. “I’m OK with it.”

Jordan Jefferson wants to start for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Jordan Jefferson says his goal remains to be LSU’s starting quarterback and that he has learned a lot from his recent arrest and four-game suspension that stemmed from an August bar fight.

“My personal goal is to be the starter,” said Jefferson, who was permitted by LSU to speak to reporters Monday night for the first time since the Aug. 19 fight. “I am going to do whatever it takes to get there.”

Jefferson was reinstated last Wednesday after a grand jury reduced his felony second-degree battery charge to a misdemeanor. He then played in last Saturday’s home game against Kentucky, scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard, fourth-down sneak.

“I was positive I was going to play at LSU again,” Jefferson said. “This was a tough experience for me. Sitting there watching the guys play all these tough games was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. They did a great job.

“This was a learning experience for me. I can’t imagine anybody in the country going through more than I did. But, I’m now wiser and more aware. God puts people in certain situations. I don’t regret anything. Everything happened for a reason. I’ve learned a lot from this.”

With Jefferson unavailable for LSU’s first four games, fifth-year senior Jarrett Lee took over as starter and has helped lead the Tigers to a 5-0 start and No. 1 ranking.

Jefferson said he felt that his celebrity status was a factor in his arrest.

“You never know how popular you are until situations like this,” he said. “I was just trying to go out and be a college student that night. I was enjoying myself with my teammates. A certain situation turned up. The position you play for the football team can cost you a lot and put you in trouble.”

Jefferson said taking a redshirt this year, so he could have a full year of eligibility in 2012, crossed his mind. However, he decided against sitting out the season.

“I would have redshirted if I thought I’d miss seven or eight games. But, I only missed four games,” he said. “There is a lot of time left in the season.”

Jefferson said he is confident he can be productive for the Tigers, who host No. 17 Florida on Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t feel like I’m behind,” Jefferson said. “I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve been in the toughest battles there are. I have a 20-7 record which is very high for a quarterback at LSU. I’ve been leading LSU for three years. When coach (Les) Miles puts me in, I can help this team win.”

Jefferson said he understands he made a poor decision on the night of the fight by remaining in the parking lot of Shady’s bar, near campus, as the melee erupted.

“I have to accept responsibility for being there,” Jefferson said. “I know I shouldn’t have been there, but everything happens for a reason. I’m a lot wiser.

“I received a lot of support from different areas. Coach Miles and the team were behind me 100 percent when it was needed. When I get the opportunity to get back on the field, I’ll do what it takes for us to win.”

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Jordan Jefferson returns, No. 1 LSU beats Kentucky, 35-7

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Les Miles predicted that Jordan Jefferson’s return would not be disruptive and, if anything, would give LSU more ways to move the ball.

So far, so good.

Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles, and the No. 1 Tigers methodically defeated Kentucky 35-7 on Saturday.

Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced charges the quarterback faces in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jarrett Lee remained the starter.

LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and he dove over the goal line from the 1 to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.

Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) did not threaten to score until LSU led 35-0.

Wildcats starter Morgan Newton missed on his first nine throws and completed only 2 of 11 passes in the first half, when he was sacked three times. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips gave freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith a chance in the second half, but Smith fared even worse, completing only one of five attempts and turning the ball over when he was flattened by a swarm of Tigers.

Mathieu got there first and swatted the ball loose just as several LSU defenders arrived and steamrolled Smith, who lay face-down while Mathieu scooped up the ball and returned it 23 yards to give LSU a 28-0 lead.

That was the third forced fumble this season for Mathieu, a true sophomore, and the second he had returned for a score. The player LSU fans call “honey badger,” after the popular YouTube clip featuring the small but ferocious animal, later forced another fumble, the ninth of his career, two more than the previous school mark.

LSU’s defense registered five sacks, with defensive end Sam Montgomery in on two of them.

Although LSU dominated, the Tigers’ offense sputtered intermittently. Lee completed 8 of 21 passes for 169 yards and one TD.

Beckham, who scored on a 52-yard reception against West Virginia last week, was Lee’s top target against the Wildcats, catching three passes for 72 yards.

LSU gained 179 yards on the ground, led by sophomore Alfred Blue’s 72 yards. Blue scored once on a 1-yard run that made it 21-0 in the third quarter, capping a drive sustained by Russell Shepard’s acrobatic third-down catch along the sideline.

Later, freshman Terrence Magee scored his first career touchdown, also on a 1-yard run.

Kentucky did not score until Newton hit Matt Roark with a 4-yard pass with 6:09 left to play.

The Tigers struggled to move the ball for much of the first half, when leading running back Spencer Ware came out of the game after only five carries. He did not appear seriously hurt as trainers stretched his left leg, but he did not return.

Running back Michael Ford, who leads the team in touchdowns, also saw only limited action as Miles decided to go more to Blue and Magee.

LSU opened the scoring on its second drive, when Rueben Randle outleaped double coverage to grab 37-yard pass from Lee to the Kentucky 5, setting up the score by Jefferson, who heard a few boos when he first ran onto the field. Those boos were soon drowned out by cheers when Jefferson scored, and he was not booed again. Jefferson did not attempt a pass. He rushed four times for 29 yards.

The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 when Lee hit Beckham on a crossing route on third-and-10. Beckham, a true freshman, spun up field after the catch, then broke several tackles as he cut all the way back across the field for a stunning score.

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Jordan Jefferson is back, Jarrett Lee still starts

Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns are expected to return to practice on Thursday, and Les Miles suggested that Jefferson would have a role this season. But what’s not going to happen is Jefferson stepping right back in as the starter after Lee has led the LSU Tigers to a 4-0 record and No. 1 ranking.

“[Lee] has been our starter for four weeks, and I told him [Wednesday] he will be our starter going forward,” Miles said. “It would be inappropriate for me not to recognize the position that we’re in now, currently, the things that he’s done, and the things that we’ve continued to do with him at quarterback.”

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LSU has it rolling right now, no need to mess with that…Good decision by Les Miles

No. 4 LSU overcomes in 40-27 win over No. 3 Oregon

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In a rare opening matchup of top-five teams, both missing key players, Jarrett Lee admirably directed LSU’s offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Being without standout cornerback-punt returner Cliff Harris was more than mistake-prone and third-ranked Oregon could overcome.

The Ducks’ fill-in punt returner had a fumble that led directly to an LSU touchdown and Lee’s touchdown pass came against the defensive back playing in Harris’ spot in the fourth-ranked Tigers’ 40-27 victory Saturday night.

“I asked them to put to the perimeter all the things that could be considered distractions,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I enjoyed Jarrett Lee’s gutty effort. I liked how the offense did the things they needed to do.”

Already without the suspended Harris, the Ducks made things even harder on themselves with four turnovers – three that LSU converted into 20 points while building a 30-13 lead.

Highly touted freshman De’Anthony Thomas fumbled on consecutive touches late in the third quarter, one on a rushing attempt and then on the ensuing kickoff, and the Tigers took control with touchdown runs from Michael Ford and Spencer Ware in a span of less than 3 1/2 minutes.

“Those are self-inflicted wounds,” coach Chip Kelly said. “The drops, the turnovers and the penalties are the things that really killed us. Against a team like that, you’re not going to win the game.”

Harris, who can be found on most preseason All-America teams, was suspended in June after police caught him driving 118 mph, and also having a suspended license at the time.

The Tigers were also without receiver Russell Shepard, who was suspended for at least this game because he discussed another NCAA inquiry with a teammate. He was third in receiving and fourth in rushing for LSU last season.

Besides the legitimate national title hopes both teams had, they had a tie in ongoing NCAA investigations into their dealings with Willie Lyles, who ran a Houston-based service that provided scouting reports of high school players.

And this was the first season-opening game of top-five teams on a neutral field since 1984, when Jimmy Johnson won his debut as coach of Miami against an Auburn squad featuring Bo Jackson a year before he won the Heisman Trophy. There was a crowd of 87,711 at Cowboys Stadium, where LSU played its second consecutive game.

The Tigers ended their 2010 season on the Dallas Cowboys’ home field in January with a 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl when Jefferson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score.

But Jefferson is now suspended indefinitely, as is reserve linebacker Josh Johns, because they are facing felony charges of second degree battery stemming from a bar fight near campus last month.

Plenty of subplots in this one.

“We’ve had a lot on our minds as team coming into this game,” Lee said. “It’s not something that we wanted to happen. But you have to put that to the side and move forward.”

Lee’s 10th career start, his first since a win over Louisiana Tech in 2009, was far from spectacular. The senior completed only 10 of 22 passes for 98 yards, but didn’t have an interception and appeared steady throughout the game.

The lone LSU turnover came when Lee stepped up toward the line to point out a pending blitz, at the same time the ball was snapped behind him. That set up Rob Beard’s second field goal to give Oregon a 6-3 lead.

Oregon, which lost to Auburn in the BCS national championship game last season, has consecutive losses for the first time since they losing its last three regular-season games in 2007.

“This is going to show the character of this team, how hard we’re going to come back and play after this loss,” Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas said. “The offense had self-inflicted wounds all game.”

LSU took a 16-13 lead just before halftime, going ahead to stay, on Rueben Randle’s 10-yard TD catch from Lee.

Randle caught the ball in the front corner of the end zone over freshman cornerback Terrance Mitchell – in the spot Harris would have been playing on defense.

The other LSU touchdown before halftime came when fill-in punt returner Barner fielded a punt inside the 5, took a couple of steps backs. That’s when Tyrann Mathieu stripped the ball away, scooped it up after it bounced on the turf and took a couple of steps into the end zone.

LSU has won 34 consecutive nonconference games, the longest such streak in the nation, including all 23 in the regular season under seventh-year coach Miles.

“Our football team is united. They play together,” Miles said. “You put a ball on the line and they’ll scrap you for it.”

Ware had 26 carries for 99 yards while Fort had 14 runs for 98 yards and two TDs, his second on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.

LaMichael James had one of the worst games at Oregon, even though he scored a touchdown for the 12th time his last 13 games. James had 18 carries for 54 yards, only five more than he had against Auburn in the national title game.

“I don’t think we were ready mentally. We have a lot of underclassmen and people who’ve never played in a college football game,” James said. “It was difficult.”

De’Anthony Thomas, who scored on a 4-yard run in the final minute, had his first fumble when big defensive end Sam Montgomery reached in and stripped the ball away. The ball popped directly into the hands of safety Eric Reid.

After Ford’s 5-yard TD, Craig Loston punched the ball out of Thomas’ hands, setting up Ware’s 1-yard TD that made it 30-10 after Mitchell was called for pass interference in the end zone.

Darron Thomas was 31-of-54 passing for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a game the Texas native considered “bigger than the national championship.” Thomas went to Oregon instead of LSU after Miles wouldn’t promise that he could play quarterback.

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Jordan Jefferson’s apartment searched

BATON ROUGE, La. — Authorities searched LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s apartment Wednesday and collected a swab of his DNA in connection with a bar fight last week that injured four people.

“He gave us 100 percent cooperation,” Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Stone said, adding that the quarterback’s attorney also showed up and that authorities didn’t ask Jefferson any questions.

“During the course of the investigation we got enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for his home. The reason was to search for certain items that will assist in the ongoing investigation and will help either prove or disprove the allegations against Jefferson,” Stone said.

Investigators left with several brown bags of evidence, but Stone said he could not immediately discuss what items were taken from the senior quarterback’s home.

The search came a day after Jefferson and three teammates — offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry — were interviewed by police for the first time since the fight that occurred in the parking lot of a bar were police say numerous LSU players were gathered late Thursday night.

The most seriously injured victim has three broken vertebrae, police chief Dewayne White has said.

There have been no arrests and no charges have been filed, but White stressed that police hope to gather enough evidence to arrest whomever is responsible for the victims’ injuries.

If arrests are made, charges could range from misdemeanor simple battery to felony second-degree battery, Stone said.

While Davenport, Johns and Landry are reserves and weren’t expected to play much in the season opener, Jefferson was expected to start. If he cannot play, fellow senior Jarrett Lee likely would start behind center, with junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger next in line.

For now, however, LSU coach Les Miles isn’t ready to exclude Jefferson from the game plan, and Jefferson has been sharing first-team practice and scrimmage snaps with Lee.

Police have video from the scene but have said it does not show the fight itself.

Investigators are also still tracking down and interviewing witnesses.

White has said that most of the initial statements investigators have taken were conflicting and seemed to contain a bias in favor of either the victims or the four named players. White has said he wants investigators to find more “objective” witnesses who do not have ties to either party in the altercation.

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LSU players may not be interviewed by police

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three of his teammates have no immediate plans to talk to police about a bar fight that allegedly involved them, their attorney said Monday.

Police had asked Jefferson, along with offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry, to offer their recollection of the fight to police Monday morning. However, that meeting was called off after Nathan Fisher, the attorney for the players, asked for a delay.

Police Sgt. Don Stone said investigators hoped the delay would be only 24 hours and the players would voluntarily submit to questioning on Tuesday morning. However, Fisher, a defense attorney with a history of representing LSU players, said he was “not aware of” any impending meeting between his clients and police.

“My clients have a right to not say anything,” Fisher said.

Stone said such delays are standard when people of interest in investigations hire attorneys. At this point, the players have not been charged or asked to turn themselves in, and do not have to meet with police at all, Stone said.

Stone also stressed that Police Chief Dewayne White is not giving LSU players any special treatment and the investigation of the fight will continue with or without players’ cooperation.

“These guys aren’t going anywhere, they’re not a flight risk. It’s not like we don’t know where they’re at,” Stone said. “If they don’t come in, it does not halt our investigation. It continues. It’s not like we’re sitting around waiting for them. We still have witnesses to interview. … And if it reaches the point to where the evidence supports the allegations, we’ll obtain arrest warrants for the persons responsible. And if it’s these four football players, they’ll be arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.”

Based on the victims’ accounts and injuries, two players potentially could be charged with felony second-degree battery, while two others could be charged with misdemeanor simple battery, Stone said. Stone declined to specify which two players could face the more serious charges.

Witnesses have described one of the victims being kicked in the head while lying on the ground, Stone said. He declined to specify who did the kicking or who got kicked.

LSU practiced Monday evening, but university officials said none of the players who have been named in the investigation would be made available to the media. Players who did talk to reporters were instructed not to answer any questions about their memories of what happened at the bar not far from campus last Thursday night.

The players were out after a curfew imposed by the coaching staff when the fight took place. However, LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said players traditionally conclude fall camp, which this year ended last Thursday, by socializing together after curfew. Bonnette said that tradition has spanned the tenures of a number of coaches.

Nonetheless, coach Les Miles has said allegations surrounding he fight have made him “miserable,” and the entire team has been punished with additional conditioning during practice, such as running. Miles also said more punishment would be forthcoming as the facts of the investigation become more clear.

As of Monday night, though, no players had been suspended.

The fourth-ranked Tigers open the season against No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Jefferson was expected to be the starting quarterback, but if he cannot play, senior Jarrett Lee would be the likely starter behind center, with junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger next in line.

Lee, who has been taking some snaps with the first team since before the alleged fracas, said there were not any substantial changes to the practice routine on Monday and that Jefferson continued to also receive his regular work with the starters.

“Nothing changed. Practice was the same. We had a great practice today,” Lee said. “All of us quarterbacks, we know to be good you have to prepare each and every day to be the starter, whether your opportunity comes or not, so we’re going to continue to work hard.”

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Lee added. “You never want something like this to happen to your football team. We’re family. We’re a close-knit group. Things like this happen. … All the great teams have their ups and downs. It’s about how you bounce back and we’re going to stay positive and keep working hard.”

Lee, who has been teammates with Jefferson for the past three seasons, said he did not see any noticeable difference in Jefferson’s demeanor.

“He’s a great guy, great friend,” Lee said. “He’s still working hard, still practicing hard, still laughing in the film room.”

Stone said Jefferson, Davenport, Johns and Landry are currently the only people of interest in the case, but added that investigators are still interviewing witnesses and that more players could have been involved. Authorities have obtained security video from a business neighboring the bar, which is in a strip mall just south of campus. Stone declined to talk about what the video shows.

Fisher, meanwhile, said he did not want to discuss the facts of the case in the media. Fisher did say he believes Stone has made several inaccurate statements, but declined to specify.

Currently, police are aware of only four alleged victims whose names they have not released. The four were treated at a hospital and released. Three had minor injuries and a fourth had a more serious injury that would warrant the second-degree battery charges, Stone said.

The victims have hired an attorney, Michael Bienvenue, and have indicated they want to press charges, Stone said.

Bienvenue did not return a phone message left at his office.

© 2011 The Associated Press

LSU players lawyer up

Four LSU football players hired a defense attorney and put off a meeting with police about a bar fight that started when a patron honked at a crowd blocking his exit from a parking lot, Baton Rouge police said Sunday.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry had been asked to give their side of the story at police headquarters Monday, but attorney Nathan Fisher asked for a delay, Sgt. Donald Stone said.

Attorney Nathan Fisher requested “a 24 hour postponement so that he can meet with the players and get a better understanding of the incident,” Stone wrote in a news release.

He said police would speak with Fisher on Monday to arrange the interviews, which had previously been set for Monday morning.

“We just got the case at 8 a.m. today,” Fisher told the Times Picayune of New Orleans. “I just met with the kids this morning.”

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LSU’s Miles says players’ behavior ‘unacceptable’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Les Miles says players have “been involved in behavior that’s unacceptable to me” after starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and several unidentified teammates were implicated in a fight at a local bar early Friday morning.

Miles addressed the media about the incident for the first time Saturday. A group of 22 players who make up the fourth-ranked Tigers’ Unity Council accompanied Miles for a terse 6 1/2-minute session that included an apology from senior offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk.

“I can tell you that the last couple of days have been miserable for us, that we’ve been involved in behavior that’s unacceptable to me, certainly unacceptable to our team – guys that broke team rules and violated curfew,” Miles said. “I can tell you and assure you that this will not happen again. I can tell you that there’s a remorseful team here.

“I personally want to apologize for the actions of my team.”

Miles said a “relatively large group” was involved in the incident, mentioning senior lineman T-Bob Hebert and Jefferson by name. Miles said all team members were accounted for at a 10:30 p.m. curfew check Thursday night.

No charges have been filed, nor have there been any arrests. The Baton Rouge Police Department’s investigation was ongoing Saturday.

Police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said four people were taken to local hospitals after the fight, none of them football players. Stone also said the four people taken for medical attention indicated they intended to press charges.

Athletic director Joe Alleva released statement saying “we will not tolerate student-athletes whose irresponsible actions tarnish the good name of a great university.”

“LSU student-athletes are expected to behave with the understanding that they represent their school, their fellow students and the long history of this program, regardless of the time of day,” he said. “Coach Miles has already begun taking disciplinary action. It is critical that we are deliberate in determining the facts surrounding this incident and as coach Miles said, when the facts are clear, additional and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if necessary.”

Miles said he already began disciplining the team Friday after a hastily called team meeting. He said the entire team was punished, not only the group of players involved.

“We’ve started disciplining our team because this was a team violation,” Miles said. “This was not just a guy. This was the team. We ran them and we’re running them.”

Miles said he won’t levy any punishments, including suspensions, against specific players until the details of the fight are collected and revealed.

“I want to find out more what went on,” Miles said.

The fourth-ranked Tigers start the season playing No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium.

“As miserable as I am about this, as disappointed and as mad, I recognize I’ve got a good group of men who understand the mistakes that were made and I suspect that they will make the appropriate changes,” Miles said. “I will instruct them along those lines, I promise.”

© 2011 The Associated Press

LSU’s Jefferson, teammates in bar fight?

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Police are investigating allegations that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and unidentified teammates were involved in a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar early Friday morning.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Donald Stone said witnesses claimed Jefferson and other players were involved in a fight in the parking lot outside Shady’s bar around 2 a.m., but investigators hadn’t substantiated that allegation or spoken to Jefferson.

“We are not naming (Jefferson) as a suspect at this time,” Stone said. “We’re in the early stages of our investigation.”

LSU coach Les Miles said some players were present during the incident, but he didn’t identify them.

“We don’t know to what extent our players were involved,” he said in a statement. “We are trying to gather as much information as possible to get a better understanding of what exactly took place last night.”

Stone said four people suffered minor injuries in the fight and took themselves to local hospitals, but Jefferson wasn’t one of them.

Nobody was immediately arrested or charged in the case.

Jefferson is the projected starting quarterback on a team expected to compete for a national championship this season.

Jefferson, a senior, guided LSU to an 11-2 record last season. He is 20-7 as a starter, but the team ranked last in passing in the Southeastern Conference last season, with 155.6 yards per game.

The team wasn’t scheduled to practice on Friday. LSU’s season-opening game against Oregon will be played Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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