BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU running back Stevan Ridley may be forced to miss the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because of an academic violation.

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU running back Stevan Ridley may be forced to miss the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because of an academic violation.

Coach Les Miles, who discussed Ridley's status after the Tigers completed pre-Christmas workouts on Wednesday, said LSU is appealing to the NCAA in hopes that Ridley, who is currently ineligible, can be reinstated before LSU (10-2) meets the Aggies (9-3) in Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 7.

Ridley led LSU with 1,042 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns during the regular season. He is still practicing with the team.

Miles said there was not yet a clear time frame for when the NCAA will hear the school's appeal or rule on Ridley.