LSU’S Bat­tle gains 5th year

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

LSU safety John Bat­tle has re­ceived a fifth year of el­i­gi­bil­ity. The Ad­vo­cate re­ports Bat­tle re­ceived the ex­tra year from the NCAA for his fresh­man sea­son in 2014. Team spokesman Michael Bon­nette con­firmed Tues­day that Bat­tle, who was head­ing into his se­nior sea­son, is now re­clas­si­fied as a red­shirt ju­nior. Bat­tle played in only one game — Game 2 against Sam Hous­ton State — in 2014. He re­ceived a med­i­cal hard­ship for that sea­son. Bat­tle is ex­pected this year to be­gin as a starter for the first time in his three years in Ba­ton Rouge. He missed the spring game with a hip in­jury that doc­tors op­er­ated on over the off­sea­son. He re­placed in­jured starter Rickey Jef­fer­son dur­ing the last half of 2016, ex­celling in the role.

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