LSU has emerged as a favorite in the SEC this season. Head coach Ed Orgeron got some big news about his offensive line depth, with the reinstatement of former starting guard Ed Ingram.
Ingram was suspended indefinitely by the school in August 2018, as a result of an investigation into alleged aggravated sexual assault against a minor in his native Texas. He was on trial for the charges earlier this week, and they have been dropped.
As a result, Ingram has been reinstated to play for the Tigers. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be able to suit up this weekend, however, as a result of an NCAA rule that mandates a five-day “acclimation period” for players being added to an active roster.
LSU travels to Vanderbilt tomorrow, so it is not expected that Ingram will be able to play. As The Advocate‘s Brooks Kubena states, LSU’s first game after that period ends is the Oct. 5 home game against non-conference opponent Utah State.
With Ed Ingram's full reinstatement, the only technical barrier from playing in an official game is the NCAA's five-day acclimatization period.
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) September 20, 2019
Details of the case against Ingram have been sealed by the state of Texas. His attorney said that he could not comment further, when asked about the decision by The Advocate.
Once he’s up to speed, he could be in the mix at the left guard spot for the Tigers, where there have been depth issues. Ed Ingram started 12 games for the team back in 2017.
LSU has opened the season 3-0, with a huge road win at Texas in Week 2 highlighting the early season success.