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  10/01/20 - Derek Stingley Jr.So/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  LSU's All-American cornerback Derek Stingley missed Saturday's game against Mississippi State after spending Friday night in a hospital due to an illness. His father, Derek Stingley Sr., shared moments, in an interview Tuesday morning with WNXX-FM 104.5's "Off the Bench," from what he called a "scary" night, when the star defensive back had "a reaction" that led to his hospitalization. LSU's defense struggled in Stingley's absence, surrendering a Southeastern Conference single-game record 623 yards passing. On the CBS broadcast, announcer Brad Nessler said LSU officials told them they believed it was an allergic reaction.

Stingley Sr. said his son was released before the game and it was never a possibility that he could play. "It was a rough night," Stingley Sr. said. "But bottom line, Derek had a reaction to something that caused him to have to go to the hospital. When we got there, they were just running some tests on him, making sure they were ruling out everything. So we knew that he was fine. He was actually ready to go right before the game started. They started doing discharge papers to get him out of the hospital." "So it was scary," he continued, "but it wasn't as bad as we thought it was when we first got the call and all that. But he's good to go. I'm pretty sure they're going to probably take it easy with him this week. But I'm pretty sure he may wind up playing as well. It's one of those moments where, me, personally, I would hate to relive or go through it again. But he's good. He's healthy. He's ready to go." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#1 CB) So/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  10/01/20 - Zach Von RosenbergSr/2021, LSU, 6-4, 245 (DS#5 P) + More +

  LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg was named the Ray Guy Award punter of the week, the Augusta Sports Council announced Tuesday morning. The 30-year-old Zachary High graduate's seven punts in LSU's 44-34 loss to Mississippi State averaged a distance of 49.43 yards, and five punts landed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Von Rosenberg's longest punt traveled 58 yards, but his 53-yard punt in the second quarter pinned Mississippi State at its own 9. The field position allowed LSU to play aggressive on defense, and, three plays later, linebacker Jabril Cox returned an interception 14 yards for a defensive touchdown. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#5 P) Sr/2021 P Zach Von RosenbergLSU
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  10/01/20 - Jay WardSo/2023, LSU, 6-1, 176 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Sophomore cornerback Jay Ward, one of the young defensive backs who struggled in LSU's 44-34 loss to Mississippi State, played Saturday after missing two weeks in preseason camp following knee surgery on a torn meniscus. LSU coach Ed Orgeron had said before that Ward missed practice, and, in an interview Tuesday morning with WNXX-FM 104.5's "Off the Bench," he revealed the details of Ward's injury. "Jay Ward had a meniscus tear and had a slight operation on his knee and was just coming back," Orgeron said in the interview. "And hadn't practiced at all. There were some things there that we were hampered by."

It isn't often that Orgeron reveals the details of an LSU player's injury, but the update offers more explanation why Ward missed practice and was in a precarious position when he helped fill in for All-American cornerback Derek Stingley. Stingley missed the game after spending Friday night in a hospital with an acute illness, and Orgeron told WNXX that he still expects Stingley to return to the team Tuesday or Wednesday after medical clearance. "We didn't even know (Ward) could play," Orgeron told reporters Monday. "He played a lot of snaps. I thought he did a fairly good job, but obviously was a little rusty there." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Jay WardLSU
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  09/30/20 - Glen LoganrSr/2021, LSU, 6-3, 339 (DS#16 DT) + More +

  Starting defensive tackle Glen Logan will not be playing in the team's next game against Vanderbilt, Orgeron said. The senior did not dress out for the Mississippi State game on Saturday. Orgeron did not offer specifics for why Logan will not be playing, but he said Logan will be back for LSU's Week 3 home game against Missouri. "Glen Logan will not be available this week and he will be available for Missouri," Orgeron said. The 6-foot-3, 339-pound Destrehan High graduated moved inside from defensive end, where he recorded 20 tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks in 2019. The Tigers' four-man defensive front was already entering the season without its other projected starting defensive tackle, Tyler Shelvin, who opted out of the season to prepare for the NFL draft. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#16 DT) rSr/2021 DT Glen LoganLSU
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  09/28/20 - JaCoby StevensSr/2021, LSU, 6-1, 230 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  LSU allowed a Southeastern Conference-record 623 yards passing against Mississippi State on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, and while preventing such production requires the entire defense, the Tigers' secondary struggled in a season-opening 44-34 loss. Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello torched LSU's defensive backfield. Playing his first SEC game since transferring from Stanford, Costello thrived in the Bulldogs' new Air Raid offense by attacking No. 6 LSU's young defensive backs. Costello threw five touchdown passes. "Embarrassing," senior safety JaCoby Stevens said. "It's like going into a boxing ring and getting knocked out."

LSU had to play without sophomore All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who was hospitalized overnight Friday after becoming "acutely ill," LSU said in a statement released Saturday morning. Stingley, whose condition wasn't related to the coronavirus, was suddenly unavailable. The absence of one of the best cornerbacks in college football forced LSU to rely on inexperienced players, and they faltered in man coverage. Coach Ed Orgeron said LSU had "too many missed assignments," allowing Mississippi State players to run wide open. "We have no excuses," Orgeron said. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#2 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB JaCoby StevensLSU
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  09/28/20 - Darren EvansSr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 180 (DS#82 CB) + More +

  Without Stingley, the Tigers' starting cornerbacks - sophomore Cordale Flott, graduate transfer Darren Evans and freshman Eli Ricks - had one combined career start at LSU. Evans, the player with the most experience, transferred from Nicholls State earlier this month. "When you're missing one of the best corners in the nation," Stevens said, "it's going to hurt." Mississippi State beat LSU with crossing routes and deep passes down the sidelines. Coach Mike Leach expected LSU to play loose coverage. When LSU instead crowded near the line of scrimmage, Leach said Mississippi State decided "we ought to go over the top." Costello picked apart the secondary. On a touchdown drive in the second quarter, he completed a 34-yard pass behind Flott. Three plays later, Costello threw a 31-yard touchdown over Evans' head. Sophomore Jay Ward later replaced Evans, even though Ward missed two weeks of practice before the game. Ward broke up three passes, but the substitution didn't change much. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#82 CB) Sr/2021 CB Darren EvansLSU
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  09/28/20 - JaCoby StevensSr/2021, LSU, 6-1, 230 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  The new scheme in Bo Pelini's return to the program as defensive coordinator flopped in its debut. Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello set a single-game SEC record with the yardage total, and his five touchdown passes often exploited young and inexperienced LSU defensive backs that couldn't keep up in man coverage. "We couldn't stay with their guys," Orgeron said. Yes, LSU played without its All-American cornerback, Derek Stingley, who spent Friday night in a hospital with a non-coronavirus related illness. Yes, Stingley was initially replaced by Nicholls State graduate transfer Darren Evans, who joined the program less than a month ago. Yes, sophomore Jay Ward didn't practice in camp for two weeks after a "minor operation," Orgeron said, and "was a little behind." But Stevens said the excuses wear out as the points and the yardage starts to pile on. The conversation on the sideline started with "keep your head up, go to the next play," Stevens said. "But as the game goes on, you've got to tell those guys, 'Hey, it's time to step up. You're not a young guy anymore. You've got to represent Louisiana. You're playing for LSU." "We had too many missed assignments," Orgeron said, "and we've got to look at why we're having the missed assignments, what's causing them. Too many guys are running free. Too many guys are getting beat one-on-one. We've just got to go back to looking at if we can cover man-to-man. If we can't, we've got to make a decision to play some zone." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB JaCoby StevensLSU
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  09/26/20 - Derek Stingley Jr.So/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will not play in LSU's season opener against Mississippi State. LSU released a statement on Stingley becoming ill last night, and will not playing against the Bulldogs. Stingley's condition is not COVID-19 related. - WAFB, FOX TV8 News

(DS#1 CB) So/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  09/23/20 - Myles BrennanrJr/2022, LSU, 6-3, 210 (DS#10 QB) + More +

  With all that LSU has lost, plus the lost time in the offseason, the efficiency and chemistry of the passing attack with new quarterback Myles Brennan and his new wide receivers simply isn't there yet. "He's learning the offense," Orgeron said of Brennan. "I think the spring kind of hurt for him not being with us, or us not practicing with his receivers, but I think he did a good job of catching up during COVID and catching up in the summertime. He was very accurate with the football in all three scrimmages. The only thing that we don't know, and I do believe that he's going to do very well, is how he's going to do in the fire. The only way to know that is put him in the fire. "I think that takes time for him and his receivers to get the timing down and hopefully he can improve in that throughout the year." No Joe Burrow, no Ja'Marr Chase, no Justin Jefferson, even no Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the running back who often got split out wide to the boundary in LSU's five-receiver sets. That obviously changes things immensely. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#10 QB) rJr/2022 QB Myles BrennanLSU
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  09/23/20 - Ali GayeJr/2022, LSU, 6-6, 262 (DS#15 DE) + More +

  Two positions stood out in LSU's first official depth chart. The Tigers provided some clarity on the open cornerback spots, and they listed junior college transfer Ali Gaye as a starter at left defensive end. Senior Travez Moore entered preseason practice as a starter at defensive end, but Gaye overtook him. He'll start opposite senior Andre Anthony against Mississippi State. "He's earned that starting position," coach Ed Orgeron said. "I think he's going to have a great season for us." Most of the depth chart resembled what Orgeron said throughout preseason practice, but the coach called Moore a starter the last time he discussed defensive ends.

Gaye, a 6-foot-6 and 262-pound junior, transferred from Garden City Community College. In his only season there, Gaye registered 44 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble as he became the No. 2 rated junior college defensive end in the country. "Thank God we got Ali from junior college," Orgeron recently said. Orgeron likes Gaye's range and physicality. Early in LSU's final scrimmage last Friday, Gaye batted a pass into the air, creating an interception. He'll split time with Moore - Orgeron said they'll have equal reps - but Gaye will start the game. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#15 DE) Jr/2022 DE Ali GayeLSU
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  09/23/20 - Neil Farrell Jr.Sr/2021, LSU, 6-4, 319 (DS#26 DT) + More +

  Neil Farrell will have to practice exceptionally this week to break into the defensive tackle rotation for LSU's season-opener against Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Orgeron said the senior, listed at 6-foot-4, 319-pounds, "still has some conditioning to do" since Farrell returned to the team last week after initially opting out due to coronavirus concerns. Before Farrell opted out, he was expected to challenge for a starting spot. He led the defensive line with 46 tackles in 2019, adding seven tackles for loss and three sacks. "Obviously, we all know Neil can play," Orgeron said. "How fast he returns and how fast he works his way up the depth chart is basically up to him. He's coming back with a great attitude. Wants to work. If Neil is in shape, and he's working, Neil can possibly be a starter for us. He's that good. But I can see him starting to get some game reps. I don't know if he's gonna be ready." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#26 DT) Sr/2021 DT Neil Farrell Jr.LSU
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  09/16/20 - Nelson Jenkins IIIrSo/2023, LSU, 6-3, 300 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  A day after news broke that LSU defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins was opting out of the 2020 season, Jenkins announced on Twitter that he's decided to stay. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that Jenkins informed the coaching staff that he was opting out, and, at the time, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore was not with the football team. "That's all I know," Orgeron said. "I haven't had contact with Nelson in at least two weeks." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Nelson Jenkins IIILSU
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  09/16/20 - *Tyler ShelvinrJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 346 (DS#3 DT) + More +

  One LSU defensive lineman has already decided to opt back in for the 2020 season and it's possible he may not be the only one to do so. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron acknowledged Tuesday that he's heard "rumblings" that star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, who opted out of the season in late August, is considering returning to the team and playing this year. "His family has called me and I know people are talking to him," Orgeron said. "I have not spoken to Tyler. I think some of his teammates are talking to him. But there's not been a decision yet...We'd take him back obviously and we want him back." Getting him back would be significant. Shelvin was the top defensive lineman on LSU's 2019 national championship team and had been viewed as one of the top defensive linemen in the SEC entering this season. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#3 DT) rJr/2021 DT *Tyler ShelvinLSU
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  09/16/20 - Nelson Jenkins IIIrSo/2023, LSU, 6-3, 300 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  LSU defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins has opted out of the 2020 season, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday morning, which creates another depth hit to the Tigers' defensive front. The news comes a day after defensive tackle Neil Farrell returned to the team after he became the first LSU player to opt out in early August. Farrell is expected to at least be a key rotational piece and even push for a starting position. Orgeron said Jenkins informed the coaching staff that he was opting out, and, right now, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore is not with the football team. "That's all I know," Orgeron said. "I haven't had contact with Nelson in at least two weeks." Jenkins did not play in 2019, his redshirt freshman year, and his only game experience came when he recorded a tackle against Rice in 2018. A former defensive end, the Plaquemine High graduate moved to defensive tackle this offseason, when defensive coordinator Bo Pelini implemented a 4-3 scheme. Without Jenkins, LSU has available nine of the 11 defensive linemen listed on its official roster. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Nelson Jenkins IIILSU
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  09/16/20 - *JaMarr ChaseJr/2021, LSU, 6-0, 208 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Former LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase officially declared Tuesday for the 2021 NFL draft. Chase announced the decision on his Twitter account. Chase opted out of the 2020 college football season two weeks ago. Though expected to prepare for the draft, he didn't specify his future plans, only saying he looked forward to returning to the field next year. Chase, a junior, had one season left of eligibility. After a record-setting year in which he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver in 2019, mock drafts have projected him as an early first-round pick. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2021 WR *JaMarr ChaseLSU
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