Miles evasive about Jefferson's status

August, 26, 2011
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While the police investigation continues into last week's LSU bar fight, coach Les Miles wasn't about to be pinned down Thursday on who he would start at quarterback in the Sept. 3 opener against Oregon.

Senior Jordan Jefferson entered the preseason as the clear-cut starter, but is one of four players who has been implicated in the fight.

Miles said twice Thursday that it was "speculation" that Jefferson would still be the Tigers' starting quarterback in the opener. Miles also wouldn't speculate on whether Jefferson would be suspended for the opener if the legal process is still ongoing at that point.

Police seized 49 pairs of tennis shoes from Jefferson's apartment on Wednesday and took a DNA swab from his mouth. According to the police report, a female eyewitness said she was "certain she observed Jordan Jefferson kicking [alleged victim Andrew Lowery] in the face."

There are differing accounts of the fight, though, which is one of the things holding up the investigation. The Associated Press reported Thursday night that two employees at Shady's Bar, which is where the fight occurred, say Lowery was the one who threw the first punch.

Through it all, LSU senior safety Brandon Taylor said the players on the team have rallied around each other.

"I think it's probably made us even closer as a team," Taylor said. "We still have our eyes on all of our goals, and we're not going to let any obstacle come between us and winning that national championship this season."

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