LSU suspends, grants release to former starting offensive lineman Maea Teuhema

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LSU offensive lineman Maea Teuhema
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LSU offensive lineman Maea Teuhema, a junior projected to start this year at right guard, has been indefinitely suspended from the team for a violation of team rules, the school announced Wednesday.

Later in the day, head coach Ed Orgeron announced Teuhema has been granted his release from the LSU football team and will transfer to another school.

SI’s Bruce Feldman says Teuhema has been given permission by LSU to speak with four schools about a transfer:

Maea Teuhema, a two-year starter on the LSU offensive line who was suspended indefinitely from the program on Wednesday morning, has received permission to contact several schools as he now looks to transfer. SI has learned that those colleges are USC, Houston, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, according to a source.

The suspension may have involved academics. Orgeron said Monday that Teuhema did not begin practice because of “academic stuff.” Teuhema’s departure, even if it’s temporary, means the Tigers are down to 11 scholarship offensive linemen.

Ross Dellenger of The Advocate takes a closer look at the void left to be filled and the depth issues for the Tigers up front.

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