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LSU defensive tackle Travonte Valentine gains eligibility

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LSU received good news and confirmed help for its defensive line. The school confirmed Monday that defensive tackle Travonte Valentine has completed the intersession course he needed to gain eligibility for the fall session that started Monday.

Valentine became academically eligible during the spring and summer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss., but needed to complete one course to be able to enroll. The devastating flooding in the Baton Rouge area disrupted some of the intersession classes.

Valentine, 6-foot-4, 350 pounds, has traversed a winding path to return to Baton Rouge. He was originally at LSU last summer but was dismissed for a violation of team rules. He transferred to Arizona Western community college but played in only six games before being dismissed after being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped.

Valentine is now back at LSU and in the middle of the Tigers’ 3-4 defense favored by new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Last week, LSU coach Les Miles provided this succinct scouting report on Valentine: “Thick, strong, tough to block.”

Adding Valentine helps a defense that had been depleted by two injuries suffered in the first week of preseason practice. Defensive end Christian LaCouture and outside linebacker/defensive end Isaiah Washington will both be lost for the season with injuries.

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