LSU RB Scott won’t play in bowl game, Ridley to start

Published 12:33 am Wednesday, December 23, 2009

BATON ROUGE (AP) — LSU running back Charles Scott won’t make it back from a broken collarbone in time to play Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day.

‘‘Charles Scott cannot play in the game,’’ LSU head coach Les Miles said after the Tigers’ final on-campus practice. ‘‘If anybody fought like heck to do it, it’s Charles Scott. It’s smart and wise for him to continue rehabilitation and go on to the NFL.’’

The injury occurred on a 34-yard run at Alabama on Nov. 7. It was Scott’s longest run of the season.

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Scott rushed for 2,317 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career.

Scott ranks fourth in rushing touchdowns and seventh in rushing yardage in school history. In 2008, Scott had the 12th 1,000-yard rushing season for a LSU back. Scott ran for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns, the second highest total in school history.

‘‘We enjoy (Scott) and we’ll miss him,’’ Miles said. ‘‘We’ll root for him and hope he gets drafted significantly.’’

As was the case in the regular season finale against Arkansas, the Tigers will be missing their top three running backs for the Penn State game. Keiland Williams broke an ankle against Ole Miss and Richard Murphy suffered a knee injury against Vanderbilt.

Sophomore Stevan Ridley, who started against the Razorbacks, will get the nod against the Nittany Lions. The backup running backs will be senior Trindon Holliday and freshman Russell Shepard.

Miles sent his team through a scrimmage Tuesday afternoon with the No. 1 units going against the No. 2 units and the scout squads.

‘‘We went through a bunch of situations,’’ Miles said. ‘‘We’re not ready to play a game. We needed this simulation. The coaching staff will take this tape to Orlando and set up a game plan. The players have practiced hard and did a lot of things to get better.’’

LSU is off Wednesday through Christmas Day. The team will fly to Orlando on Saturday morning. Some players will meet the team in Florida.

‘‘I told the players to go home, relax and get off their feet,’’ Miles said. ‘‘I told them to enjoy the people who love you and support you. Then, get ready to head to Orlando.’’