First, on OT Alex Hurst, Les Miles did address his situation briefly after the game while answering a question on the 6-6, 331-pound senior from Bartlett, Tenn.
Miles said on Hurst: "The only thing I can tell you is he wasn't here and we wish him the very best. He's sidelined for some time."
Hurst was not with the team all week, missing practice while it was widely speculated he had returned to his Memphis-area hometown. A career right tackle at LSU, Hurst was forced into starter's minutes at left tackle the past few games following injuries to Chris Faulk and then Josh Dworaczyk.
I talked with someone inside the program walking out of the stadium tonight, and he confirmed that what's going on with Hurst is "mental" right now, that there are non-football-related issues causing much turmoil within Alex. This person also accepted the notion that football troubles may have contributed to the overall problem, but he flatly rejected the statement that Hurst simply left because he didn't want to play left tackle.
It sounds like right now it would be a surprise to people in that building if he were back at any point in an LSU uniform.
As for FS Eric Reid, it was plain for everyone to see he injured himself while returning his second-half interception of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. Reid had to be helped off the field by two trainers.
He did eventually return to the ballgame and finished the night on the field as the Gamecocks' last-ditch effort came up way short.
I'm getting word that Reid re-aggravated a sternum injury on that interception return. Just watched the replay on TV again, and you can definitely see him reach for his chest after he slides down to the turf at the end of his return.
No word yet on if this bout is worse than previous problems with his sternum, but it'll be something to monitor moving forward, particularly with LSU readying to trek to College Station to take on that high-powered Texas A&M offense.
Notebook: South Carolina Wrap
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