LSU offensive guard Ed Ingram reinstated to team after sexual assault charges dismissed

Glenn Guilbeau
The Daily Advertiser
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron claps after an LSU score in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Patrick Dennis)

BATON ROUGE — Ed Ingram, who was one of LSU's top offensive lineman in 2017 as a freshman, was reinstated to the team Friday morning following a suspension of nearly 14 months for two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor in DeSoto, Texas, in August of 2018.

"I can confirm Ed Ingram has been reinstated," an LSU athletic department official said Friday morning. "Charges were dismissed today."

Dallas attorney Mike Howard, who has been defending Ingram, confirmed the charges were dismissed on Friday.

Ingram, 20, had a court date on Sept. 16 at the Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas with Criminal District Court No. 6 Judge Jeanine Howard presiding.

"We are proceeding with trial as scheduled on Sept. 16 at this time unless something changes," Howard told the USA Today Network on Aug. 1.

The alleged victim, who is a minor and who has not been identified, was being represented by Dallas District Attorney's office lawyer Geoffrey Keller of the crimes against children unit.

There is little information available on the case as it has been sealed by the Texas attorney general's office.

Ingram, who is 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds, was arrested by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 2, 2018, after being contacted by the DeSoto Police Department and Child Protective Services in DeSoto.

Ingram, who played at DeSoto High School near Dallas, was then suspended by LSU on Aug. 3 for all of the 2018 season per school policy because the charges were felonies.

Coach Ed Orgeron said before this season that LSU had a chance of getting Ingram back at some point in the season. In recent weeks, he said he had heard good news about Ingram, but nothing was confirmed.

The good news for the team was confirmed on Friday, though he will not play Saturday when the No. 5 Tigers (3-0) visit Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network. He will be available for LSU's next game against Utah State on Oct. 5 following an open date next week.

Ingram started 12 games at right guard in the 2017 season, playing every snap in eight games. He had two or more knock-down blocks in 10 games. He was the No. 16 guard in the nation out of high school and No. 40 prospect in Texas, according to

"Our whole team and our LSU family welcomes Ed Ingram back," Orgeron said in a release. "He is an outstanding football player, an integral part of our football team, and family and we are excited to have him back with us.”

Ingram has kept in shape during his suspension, Orgeron said.