Team and Player Updates
Starting OLB Brooks Daniels left the team for medial and personal reasons. DeMeco Ryans will move into his spot (WLB) in the starting lineup. SOPH Juke King will be the backup at SLB.

Starting NT Vince Feula is academically ineligible for 2003.

Junior LB Eric Sampson has been reinstated to the team after being dismissed in the off-season. Sampson started all 12 regular season games for the Tigers in 2002.

Tech lost six more players to academic ineligibility. Among those players (on the two-deep) are:DT Alfred Malone, LB Sterling Green, OT Reggie Koon and WR LeKeldrick Bridges.

Head Coach Chan Gailey announced that 2001 All-American DE Greg Gathers, has yet to be cleared for full-contact drills due to a kidney ailment that signed him last fall.

QB Nick Eddy, who had a solid spring and could have been the top signal-callers in Conference USA this year, will sit out the 2003 season due to academics.

CB Laroni Gallishaw and WR Dontay Spillman have been dismissed from the team for failing to meet specific guidelines set by the school. The Cards lose CB Laroni Gallishaw but leftover Josh Minkins has potential. He comes back as the team leader in INTs, but only had two. This partially speaks of how weak UL's pass defense was a year ago. J.T. Haskins will team with Minkins to give the Cards two honest corners.

RB Daccus Turman is back on the team, as his suspension has been lifted.

Starting WR Chris Johnson has been dismissed form the team for violating team rules.

Backup CB Edorian McCullough is academically ineligible for 2003.

Backup LB Randall Webb has been dismissed from the football team. Franchione had earlier indefinitely suspended Webb for violating team rules.

Academic issues will sideline three senior leaders. Fullback Andreal Curry, middle linebacker Chad Mascoe, and guard Alex Mendez, all projected starters, will not be eligible to play this season. Earlier this summer, academic shortcomings claimed starting DE Rashad Jeanty, who subsequently fled to the CFL.

WR Tab Perry will miss the upcoming season after failing to meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
Perry, a senior, said he will redshirt the 2003 season and plans to return for 2004.

The Huskies will be without backup DT Junior Coffin for the 2003 season, due to a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder. This compounds the loss of starting DT Josh Miller who will also sit out 2003 due to back problems.