Safety Joe Foucha is one of several Tigers players dealing with academic suspensions, and he is also set to miss the next three games. At his press conference on Wednesday, coach Brian Kelly said that Foucha’s suspension stems from issues with transfer credits from Arkansas, where he previously started 33 games.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Kelly said. “Joe’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Foucha is reportedly attempting to appeal his suspension, and Kelly said that the team hopes to get him back as soon as possible.
One of several high-profile transfer additions in the secondary, Foucha was expected to be a significant contributor in defense. Sophomore Major Burns started in his place on Sunday and performed reasonably well, recording eight tackles (two for a loss).
Given the way LSU’s defense performed on Saturday, it will certainly hope to get Foucha back in the fold, if for no other reason than to replenish the depth in the defensive backfield.