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Arden Key Sr., the father of LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key, says his son is healthy and "fine."

It remains unclear why Key has taken a leave of absence. The Advocate confirmed that Key remains enrolled in school, but reported that it's not likely that Key will participate in spring practice. For it's part, LSU said in a statement that Key will return to the team at an "appropriate time." The school is reportedly hoping Key will return this summer. Key had 12 sacks, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles to earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2016. Walter Football projects Key as a first- to second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Feb 16 - 1:11 PM

LSU G Josh Boutte was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's a bit surprising that one of the SEC's best run blockers won't be in Indianapolis, especially since the offensive line class is so mediocre in this year’s draft. That said, the 6-foot-5, 342-pound Boutte is a work-in-progress as a pass blocker.
Feb 15 - 4:17 PM

LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key will take an unspecified leave of absence from the team "for personal reasons," according to HC Ed Orgeron.

"In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from football for personal reasons," Orgeron said in a statement. "We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time." This news comes not long after Key was ranked by Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuinness as the best returning player in the SEC. McGuinness called Key "one of the most devastating pass-rushers in the country." Per PFF, Key averaged a sack, hit or hurry once every 5.4 pass-rushing attempts last season. PFF and ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg have both previously mentioned Key as a Heisman candidate. Should Key miss time this fall, it would be devastating to LSU's defense. It's too early to know how this developing situation will shake out.
Source: LSU Sports
Feb 15 - 3:14 PM

North Carolina is one of the dozen or so schools that have contacted LSU senior QB Brandon Harris since he announced he'd transfer.

The ex-Tigers quarterback told Scout that he already has "two final possibilities" for where he would like to transfer. "Right now, I kind of know where I want to be at," Harris told the recruiting website. "I have two final possibilities, but one really sticks out above the other." We aren't sure if UNC made the cut, but we do know that the Tar Heels have been heavily involved with grad transfer quarterbacks since the season ended; they are a rumored potential destination of Notre Dame's Malik Zaire.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 15 - 1:23 PM

LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said there will be a "wide open" battle this spring for the starting quarterback job.

Brandon Harris won't be a part of it, as he announced his transfer on Monday. The Tigers have five signal-callers remaining on scholarship. Danny Etling, a senior who started last season, is the early favorite to begin 2017 as the starter. He'll have to fend off redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and true freshman Lowell Narcisse, a mid-year enrollee, in the spring. In the summer, prized Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan will enroll and join the fray.
Feb 14 - 3:22 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes LSU CB Tre'Davious White is "woefully underrated."

"Had White entered last April’s draft he would’ve been a first-round pick, but his game leveled off and even regressed at some points last season," Pauline wrote. "Regardless, he still shows the ability to shut down receivers when opponents throw his way and plays tough, aggressive football." The analyst says White would be a "steal outside of the top-45 selections."
Feb 14 - 2:58 PM

LSU senior QB Brandon Harris announced Monday that he will transfer.

Once a celebrated recruit as a top-five dual-threat QB in the 2014 cycle, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder lost his job to Purdue transfer QB Danny Etling last season and wasn't heard from again. In two games as a junior in 2016, Harris went 13-of-25 for 139 yards and a 1/2 TD/INT rate.
Feb 13 - 3:37 PM

LSU WR Malachi Dupre will be a bargain if he lasts until Rd. 3, says Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Dupre's numbers regressed behind a toothless Tigers' aerial attack last year, but he bounced back to post seven receptions for 139 yards against Louisville in the bowl game. "He’s a big-play receiver with size as well as growth potential," Pauline wrote. Pauline sees him as a second-round prospect, which is higher than most other analysts.
Feb 13 - 2:38 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes LSU S Jamal Adams is overrated.

While Adams is almost universally viewed as a top-10 selection -- and a popular pick to the Jaguars at No. 4 in industry mock drafts -- Pauline writes, "I don’t see it." Why? "Adams is an explosive athlete, but he’s not as complete as Malik Hooker and definitely does not have comparable ball skills to the Ohio State sophomore," Pauline wrote. "I also feel he does not have the same upside as Jabrill Peppers, who may be scheme-specific but will instantaneously impact games as a return specialist as a rookie."
Feb 13 - 1:07 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that LSU freshman RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has the potential to outperform his three-star rating.

"He has time to learn under Derrius Guice and LSU consistently churns out elite running backs," Farrell writes. Listed at just 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, he is more diminutive than Guice or NFL-bound Tiger Leonard Fournette. His lack of size in and of itself shouldn't be considered a death knell for future collegiate success, though. As Scout.com notes, Edwards-Helaire "can play big" and is "very strong and durable." The outlet passes along that the baby Tiger back possesses "great lower-body strength."
Source: Rivals
Feb 11 - 6:48 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette saw his carry-load decrease from 300 in 2015 to 129 in 2016.

Fournette was plagued by a finicky ankle injury throughout this past season. The injury forced him to miss six games. While this was not ideal for LSU during the campaign itself, it had the side benefit of knocking Fournette's carries down by over 50%. "Mileage was a concern heading into the season," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., "but that's less of an issue now." Kiper slots Fournette in at No. 6 on his latest Big Board. Either he or Dalvin Cook figure to be the first running back selected when April's draft hits.
Feb 11 - 4:40 PM

LSU hired Louisiana Tech RB coach Mickey Joseph as WR coach.

Joseph, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayube, "will be expected to have a major impact in the greater New Orleans area, due to his extensive ties." He's replacing Dameyune Craig, whom the Tigers unexpectedly axed the day after National Signing Day. That, and especially the firing of New Orleans native RB coach Jabbar Juluke on the same day, rendered area New Orleans high school coaches apoplectic. Joseph, per the report, "will try to mend the wounds in New Orleans following the news of Juluke's removal from his coaching duties and the growing angst brewing in the region."
Feb 8 - 2:41 PM

LSU signed four-star 2017 G Saahdiq Charles.

Charles, who hails from Madison, Mississippi, pledged his name to the Tigers cause on May 23 and stuck with the squad even through their divorce from HC Les Miles in September. He ranks as Rivals' No. 18 guard prospect in the 2017 class. ESPN believes a redshirt might best suit his development in his first year down in Baton Rouge.
Feb 7 - 9:27 PM

Scout.com's Bill Embody reports that LSU will hire USC RB coach Tommie Robinson to serve in the same capacity.

Very nice hire for LSU HC Ed Orgeron, here. Robinson is considered one of the best recruiters in the country. He first cut his coaching teeth as a running backs coach at Texas under Charlie Strong from 2014-2015. Clay Helton then brought him on board with the Trojans last January. At LSU, Robinson might not have Leonard Fournette to play around with, but Derrius Guice is a potential future first-rounder and Heisman contender in his own right.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 7 - 6:56 PM

LSU senior ILB Donnie Alexander's availability will be limited in spring practices following his expected upcoming shoulder surgery.

Fellow ILB Devin Voorhies is also expected to undergo shoulder surgery, which is an issue because the Tigers lost starting inside linebackers Duke Riley and Kendell Beckwith. The only other scholarship inside linebacker on the team is Devin White. DC Dave Aranda’s defense calls for two starting inside linebackers, Mack (middle) and Rover (weakside).
Feb 7 - 4:08 PM


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