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LSU Suspends Three Football Players, Including Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu
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A school official has told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach that LSU has suspended star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and running back Spencer Ware for Saturday’s home game against Auburn. The “Bayou Bengals” are the top-ranked team in all polls, including the first BCS Poll of the 2011 season.

Mathieu has forced four fumbles, two of which he has returned for touchdowns. He also has two interceptions and 42 tackles, along with 1½ sacks. Mathieu has been considered arguably the best defensive player in the country, as well as a “dark horse” candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

Ware is the leading rusher for the unbeaten Tigers with 512 yards and six touchdowns. He also has caught seven passes, including one for a touchdown.

The Associated Press is also reporting there has been a third player suspended, and that is defensive back Tharold Simon. He has one interception and 29 tackles, while considered the second-best defensive back on the team behind Mathieu.

The suspension of all three players has been labeled as “punishment for violating University policies,” and rumors are swirling around that these players were caught smoking marijuana. LSU will host the defending National Champions, the Auburn Tigers, this Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. For more on this developing story, keep checking Mark Schlabach’s article on ESPN’s website.

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