Starting OLB Brooks Daniels left the team for medial and personal
reasons. DeMeco Ryans will move into his spot (WLB) in the starting
lineup. SOPH Juke King will be the backup at SLB.
Starting NT Vince Feula is academically ineligible for 2003.
Junior LB Eric Sampson has been reinstated to the team after
being dismissed in the off-season. Sampson started all 12
regular season games for the Tigers in 2002.
Tech lost six more players to academic ineligibility. Among
those players (on the two-deep) are:DT Alfred Malone, LB Sterling
Green, OT Reggie Koon and WR LeKeldrick Bridges.
Chan Gailey announced that 2001 All-American DE Greg Gathers,
has yet to be cleared for full-contact drills due to a kidney
ailment that signed him last fall.
QB Nick Eddy, who had a solid spring and could have been the
top signal-callers in Conference USA this year, will sit out
the 2003 season due to academics.
CB Laroni Gallishaw and WR Dontay Spillman have been dismissed
from the team for failing to meet specific guidelines set
by the school. The Cards lose CB Laroni Gallishaw but leftover
Josh Minkins has potential. He comes back as the team leader
in INTs, but only had two. This partially speaks of how weak
UL's pass defense was a year ago. J.T. Haskins will team with
Minkins to give the Cards two honest corners.
RB Daccus Turman is back on the team, as his suspension has
Starting WR Chris Johnson has been dismissed form the team
for violating team rules.
Backup CB Edorian McCullough is academically ineligible for
Backup LB Randall Webb has been dismissed from the football
team. Franchione had earlier indefinitely suspended Webb for
violating team rules.
Academic issues will sideline three senior leaders. Fullback
Andreal Curry, middle linebacker Chad Mascoe, and guard Alex
Mendez, all projected starters, will not be eligible to play
this season. Earlier this summer, academic shortcomings claimed
starting DE Rashad Jeanty, who subsequently fled to the CFL.
WR Tab Perry will miss the upcoming season after failing to
meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
Perry, a senior, said he will redshirt the 2003 season and
plans to return for 2004.
The Huskies will be without backup DT Junior Coffin for the
2003 season, due to a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder.
This compounds the loss of starting DT Josh Miller who will
also sit out 2003 due to back problems.