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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Report: Four LSU players declared academically ineligible

LSU’s vaunted defense just lost a bit of its bite. (Jonathan Bachman - Reuters)
Four LSU football players have been ruled out for the 2012 season after they were declared academically ineligible, according to a New Orleans Times-Picayune report.

Junior linebacker Tahj Jones is the lone starter in the group, which includes senior tight end Tyler Edwards, sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter and sophomore offensive lineman Evan Washington, according to the report.

For a team with national title aspirations, the losses could seriously damage depth — particularly on the defensive side of the ball — which was viewed as a strength coming into the year. The No. 3 Tigers are already without star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who was kicked off the team this summer, while incoming freshmen Avery Johnson and Jeremy Liggins and junior college transfer Fehoko Fanaika did not qualify academically, and were therefore unable to unroll this fall.

Junior Luke Muncie starter in Jones’ place and recorded six total tackles in the team’s blowout wins over North Texas and Washington.

The Tigers host Idaho on Saturday night before opening SEC play at Auburn next week.

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