The Tigers have been without one of their top off-season additions through the first three games. Safety Joe Foucha, a transfer from Arkansas who was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, faces an academic suspension for the first four weeks of the season due to issues getting his credits transferred in.
Foucha will miss Saturday’s contest against New Mexico, but he is slated to return to the field for LSU’s first road game of the season against Auburn on Oct. 1. Based on his reaction to the news on Twitter, it feels like a safe assumption to say the fifth-year senior is excited to return to the field
Foucha was expected to be a starter for the Tigers this fall. In four seasons in Fayetteville, the New Orleans native totaled 230 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12 pass deflections, and four interceptions.
The Tigers’ starting safety duo of Greg Brooks Jr. — another Arkansas transfer — and Major Burns have held things down in Foucha’s absence. Jay Ward had been starting, but he moved to nickel ahead of Week 3. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a phenomenal performance against Mississippi State.
But Foucha’s return to the rotation should help LSU’s depth in the defensive backfield tremendously, and it comes just in time for the meat of the SEC schedule.