Niswanger will return for senior season

LSU offensive lineman Rudy Niswanger will put off medical school for one year and will return for his senior season of football with the Tigers, he announced on Wednesday.

Niswanger, a native of Monroe, La., started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2004, seeing action at four different positions on the offensive line. Niswanger started six games at right guard, four at center, and one each at left guard and right tackle for the Tigers in 2004.

A First-Team ESPN Academic All-America in 2004, Niswanger will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology. He carries a 4.0 grade point average into the spring semester at LSU. Niswanger has already been accepted into medical school.

"Coming back for a fifth year gives me a chance to be a senior leader on this team and that means a lot to me," Niswanger said. "I'm excited about the players coming back next year and the opportunity to play for Coach Miles."

Niswanger, a three-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, played 741 snaps from scrimmage for the Tigers in 2004 with a team-best 74 knockdowns to go with 22 pancake blocks. He allowed only four sacks for the entire season and was called for just one penalty all year.

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