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LSU Football: Why Jordan Jefferson Kicked Away Chance to Be a National Title QB

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers call a play against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

We all remember LSU QB Jordan Jefferson and how he and Jarrett Lee led the LSU Tigers to a 10-2 record at the end of last season. 

The team handily beat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl with Jefferson leading the way with 158 yards and three touchdowns.

He was easily viewed as the leading man in the Tigers' offense, and for good reason. He had a natural strong arm and a coolness in the pocket that rivaled the best quarterbacks in the country.

Now, that all seems like it was an eternity ago.

On August 26, he and fellow teammate Josh Johns were the targets of police after felony second degree battery charges were filed, stemming from a bar fight in Baton Rouge.

When news of the fight broke, and details revealed that Jefferson kicked someone and left an imprint of his shoe on the victim's t-shirt and that Johns had a role in the fight, they were both promptly suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

Jarrett Lee has since taken over at quarterback and he has performed admirably as the Tigers have beaten three ranked teams in three weeks, and have no signs of slowing down any time soon as they have leaned on their dominant defense to carry them through games.

Jefferson has put a huge question mark on his senior season because of his actions, and he has all but thrown away a chance to win a national championship because of his apparent decision that he comes before the team, and his lack of judgment not to get involved in the fight. 

Another reason is that Lee has gotten it done over the course of the beginning of the season and the defense has picked up the slack to make up for Jefferson's absence. 

 

He is still unsure of his status going forward.

Reportedly, his attorney has filed a motion to dismiss all charges on basis of lack of evidence and the fact that the original accuser has been trying to change his story. According to his attorney, witnesses stated that Jefferson wasn't involved in the fight, but merely trying to help get his teammates out of it.

At this point, Jefferson can only sit and wait out to hear of his fate as he still has to get through the legal proceedings and be reinstated to the team, and he will have to come back and beat out Lee to regain his starting job, and there are some people that believe that even with all of his athletic ability that he doesn't deserve to play again this season.

Whether this becomes a season-long distraction for the Tigers remains to be seen, but if Les Miles is smart, he shouldn't mess with what seems like a recipe for a BCS title.

 

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