LSU junior defensive tackle Ego Ferguson did not travel with the team to Tampa for the Outback Bowl vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes because of an undisclosed medical condition, according to Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com. His source could not disclose the nature of the condition.
Tuesday afternoon we heard the rumors that Ferguson was potentially suspended and then we heard rumblings that he did not travel with the team. His absence was confirmed shortly after 3 p.m. and it was also revealed at that time that he was not suspended and a statement would come prior to kickoff.
Now that the reason for the absence is cleared up to an extent–we all hope the medical condition is not too serious and will be resolved quickly–his loss will hurt the LSU defense. Ferguson has been the Tiger’s best player against the run this season and has outplayed the much-hyped Anthony Johnson all season long.
Quentin Thomas or highly-touted freshman Christian LaCouture are likely to replace him along the defensive line and it will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out as the game progresses. Iowa features a power running game behind Mark Weisman so they will likely run right at them and see how they respond.
Ferguson is the 39th rated prospect according to Todd McShay and the No. 5 player at his position. He very likely has played in his final game with LSU and hopefully LSU can win for their teammate Wednesday afternoon and he’ll be healthy soon.