Did Travonte Valentine warm up for LSU?

Travonte Valentine still has not been cleared by the SEC. But with reports that he was on the field for pregame warmups Saturday, his status remains a mystery

2014 defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine remains a curious subject for this LSU football team.

He has not yet appeared in a game because he has not been cleared by the SEC. He continues to wait through the conference's ongoing academic review. Les Miles confirmed Monday that he is still ineligible.

But the mystery goes back to Saturday, when multiple reporters mentioned they saw Valentine on the field for pregame warmups. He did not come back out of the tunnel and was not on the sidelines during the game.

Miles refused to confirm that Valentine was present for warmups, and actually denied it when asked.

"He was not involved in warmups," Miles said.

Miles instead hinted that the confusion may have been a result of a "number issue," possibly a result of another player wearing a No. 79 jersey number, which belongs to Valentine on the LSU roster.

"He's still not eligible for play," Miles said. "I don't know that he warmed up and then wasn't on the sideline. I'm not ready to say he warmed up and then wasn't on the sideline. I can tell you he's not going into the game at this point."

The mystery continues...


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