LSU's Ridley may be ineligible for Cotton Bowl

LSU running back Stevan Ridley could miss the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because of an academic violation.

Stevan RidleyICONLSU RB Stevan Ridley could miss the Cotton Bowl due to academics.

Tigers head coach Les Miles discussed his star’s status after the team completed pre-Christmas workouts on Wednesday. He said the school is appealing to the NCAA in hopes that Ridley can be on the field when the Tigers battle the Aggies at Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 7.

“This was a one-time incident,” said Miles, according to The Associated Press. "The school has been compliant. Ridley has been compliant. We are appealing it. We are making our case."

Miles said there was no time frame for when the NCAA will hear the school's appeal or make a ruling.

Ridley, who led LSU with 1,042 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season, has been practicing with the team in the meantime. If he is unable to play in the bowl game, redshirt freshman Michael Ford and senior Richard Murphy would move to the top of the rotation. Ford rushed for 235 yards on 41 carries and Murphy picked up 82 yards on 23 attempts during the season. True freshmen Alfred Blue and Spencer Ware also could see action. Blue ran for 101 yards on 20 carries, while Ware gained 73 yards on 14 attempts in the regular season.

The Tigers resume practice on Monday after the holiday break.

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