The Associated Press broke news out of Baton Rouge earlier today that LSU would be suspending two of its biggest stars in cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and running back Spencer Ware. In addition, nickelback Tharold Simon is also being suspended.
According to The Daily Reveille, a student newspaper for LSU, the suspensions are being levied by head coach Les Miles because the three players each failed random drug tests.
Each player is expected to be suspended for Saturday's tilt against defending BCS champs, Auburn. It isn't yet known if Saturday's game will be the extent of the suspension. LSU, ranked No. 1, is scheduled to play at Alabama, currently the No. 2 team in the country, a week later in Tuscaloosa.
Mathieu has been arguably the nation's elite defensive player thus far this season. In just seven games this season, Mathieu has forced six turnovers, turning two of his four forced fumbles into touchdowns as well as intercepting two passes.
Ware is the team's leading rusher with 512 yards and six scores.
Simon, though not a starter, is also a key contributor. He has recorded 29 tackles and an interception of his own thus far this season.
LSU has not yet made a public comment other than have a spokesman, Michael Bonnette announce that the team was investigating the matter and that Miles "will handle [it] accordingly."
Needless to say, NFL scouts will be keeping a close eye on the developments in this case. Mathieu and Ware, in particular, had already established themselves as potential high round prospects despite the fact that each is just a true sophomore.