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  06/24/22 - Will CampbellFr/2026, LSU, 6-5, 300 (DS#3 OT) + More +

  Brian Kelly hit the transfer portal for LSU as hard as any other coach in the nation, but that won't keep several freshmen from contributing during the 2022 season. LSU is looking to rebound from a 6-7 season, and Kelly knows fans will expect a better mark in his first season. If a freshman wants to get on the field in 2022, he'll have a high standard to meet. Here's a look at five freshmen who are the most likely to make a contribution this season.

Will Campbell, offensive tackle: It's never easy to start in the Southeastern Conference as a freshman, but Campbell left the spring as the top man at left tackle for the Tigers. At 6-foot-6, 317 pounds, he has the size necessary to compete immediately as a true freshman. A strong spring from Campbell convinced the staff to move last year's starting left tackle, Cameron Wire, to right tackle. Considering Campbell was inserted as a freshman starter at Neville High School in Monroe, it shouldn't come as much surprise that he's going to be on the field immediately at LSU. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#3 OT) Fr/2026 OT Will CampbellLSU
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  06/18/22 - Soni FonuarSr/2023, LSU, 6-3, 258 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  LSU fifth-year senior defensive end Soni Fonua announced Thursday he entered the NCAA transfer portal. Fonua recorded 6.5 tackles for loss in 2021 and started the last five games of the season. He was not seen during spring practice. Fonua came to LSU as a transfer from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College in 2019. He appeared in 20 games over the next three seasons, primarily as a backup defensive end and special teams player. Last year, Fonua missed the first four games because of academic issues. After he returned, he became a starter when LSU changed its defensive scheme heading into the final month of the regular season. Fonua finished with 27 tackles. Fonua didn't participate in spring practice for undisclosed reasons. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2023 DE Soni FonuaLSU
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  06/17/22 - Jayden DanielsrJr/2024, LSU, 6-3, 185 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  The quarterback competition will roll into fall camp, but Daniels brings the profile that offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock likes at the position. He's just as capable as a runner as he is as a passer, and he has two years of eligibility remaining. As a three-year starter at Arizona State, Daniels threw for 6,024 yards and 32 touchdowns. On the ground, he compiled 1,288 yards and 16 touchdowns. Garrett Nussmeier and Myles Brennan each have a good shot at earning the starting job, but Daniels provides plenty of experience and talent. He'll have to get past the inconsistency he showed late during his time at Arizona State, throwing for 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2021. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#22 QB) rJr/2024 QB Jayden DanielsLSU
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  05/24/22 - Maason SmithSo/2025, LSU, 6-4, 292 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  LSU head coach Brian Kelly says defensive lineman Maason Smith is expected to have a large role in the defense. Kelly was recently asked if Smith has the tangibles to become an NFL player. "He's on path," Kelly said. "He's not there yet but he is making progress toward guys that I have had. The Stephon Tuitt's - that is on his second huge contract with the Steelers. Jerry Tillery, second-round draft pick. He has those tools to be a big-time player. I think one of the things that is unique about him is he can pass rush for a big guy and if you can be on the field for all three downs, you start to get into that rarified area. Big future ahead of him. This is a big year and I really think he's going to show himself." Smith played in nine games last season, recording 19 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and four sacks. Now that he will be moving to a full-time starter role, Smith will be able to make a greater impact for LSU. - On3.com

(DS#1 DT) So/2025 DT Maason SmithLSU
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  05/24/22 - Myles BrennanrSr/2023, LSU, 6-3, 210 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  While multiple players departed the LSU football program following the departure of Ed Orgeron, new head coach Brian Kelly sees players who opted to return that have surprised him. While he didn't commit to a starting quarterback, former starter Myles Brennan has impressed. "I think Myles Brennan...is a guy that has been here a long time, suffered an injury, battled back, had a really good spring game. Each one of the quarterbacks, [Garrett] Nussmeier to obviously, Jayden Daniels and [Walker] Howard, I mean, they all have different skills, and so when we get to camp, we're going to have to really put the offense into what they can do, but Brennan's, another guy that I think did a nice job." - On3.com

(DS#22 QB) rSr/2023 QB Myles BrennanLSU
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  05/23/22 - BJ OjulariJr/2024, LSU, 6-2, 244 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: BJ OJULARI, DE, LSU, Jr., 6-3, 245, Marietta, Ga.: 11.5 tackles for losses, 55 tackles total last year; 325 high school tackles; Projected first round pick. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#3 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB BJ OjulariLSU
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  05/20/22 - Anthony BradfordrJr/2024, LSU, 6-5, 365 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  The offensive line was one of LSU's biggest concerns heading into spring practice. It needed to replace four starters, and the only returner had never established himself. Every spot was open. The group lacked proven depth. They had to start from scratch. But the line came together over those four weeks of practice, and now head coach Brian Kelly feels "really good" about the position. He recognizes the line still needs to improve, but he didn't express as much concern as he did two months ago.Part of Kelly's optimism comes from the return of Anthony Bradford, who missed the last five games of the 2022 season and spring practice for undisclosed reasons.

Bradford, a 6-foot-5, 365-pound redshirt junior, started five games last fall between right guard and left tackle. "We're pegging him as a tackle, but he could play guard," Kelly said Wednesday night in Metairie at the Tiger Athletic Foundation's final Coaches Caravan stop. "He's got some really good versatility. But we'll see where he is. He's got a really big summer ahead of him. He hasn't been in our offseason program. He's got to stay healthy. When you're off that long, we've got to be careful with him, but I think we'll peg him at tackle." Bradford would likely play right tackle. LSU settled left tackle with true freshman Will Campbell, but the other side remained open as senior Cameron Wire and redshirt sophomore Marcus Dumervil competed for time. Bradford would push them, and his presence creates more depth. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#999 OG) rJr/2024 OG Anthony BradfordLSU
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  05/20/22 - Jayden DanielsrJr/2024, LSU, 6-3, 185 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here are On3.com ratings. No. 4. Jayden Daniels, LSU (from Arizona State). This slotting could look quite foolish if Daniels starts in the opener for the Tigers and looks awesome against Florida State, but I've already planted my flag on another LSU QB island this spring. Daniels is an electric athlete and should have a role in LSU's offense this fall, but Myles Brennan and Garrett Nussmeier both had better springs and offer more consistency in the passing game. Brian Kelly likes running quarterbacks and Daniels did take the initial snaps in the spring scrimmage, so he remains a real factor in a fascinating QB race down in Baton Rouge. - On3.com

(DS#22 QB) rJr/2024 QB Jayden DanielsLSU
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  05/18/22 - Kayshon BoutteJr/2024, LSU, 6-0, 190 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  LSU will play its season opener against Florida State this fall in primetime. Kickoff was set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC, the network announced Tuesday. The game takes place Sunday, Sept. 4, inside the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The game will be the first for LSU under new coach Brian Kelly as he tries to turn around the program. The Tigers are 11-12 since the last time they played in the Superdome during the 2019 national championship game. Florida State, which opens with Duquesne the week before, doesn't have a winning season since head coach Jimbo Fisher left in 2017. The Seminoles are 19-27 over the last four years. LSU and Florida State haven't played since 1991, when the then-No. 1 Seminoles won 26-17 in Tiger Stadium. LSU is 2-7 all-time against Florida State. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 WR) Jr/2024 WR Kayshon BoutteLSU
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  05/06/22 - BJ OjulariJr/2024, LSU, 6-2, 244 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Defensive end BJ Ojulari returns after leading the Tigers with seven sacks, while making 55 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Ojulari, who only had 1.5 sacks against SEC competition, could start opposite Ali Gaye. - AP College Football

(DS#3 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB BJ OjulariLSU
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  05/06/22 - Kayshon BoutteJr/2024, LSU, 6-0, 190 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Kayshon Boutte heads into this season as LSU's most-talented wide receiver. Despite suffering a foot injury that sidelined him for more than half of last season, the junior already has 1,244 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in his collegiate career. LSU has a history of producing talented wideouts for the NFL - Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase come to mind - and Boutte could easily be the next in line. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser

(DS#2 WR) Jr/2024 WR Kayshon BoutteLSU
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  05/06/22 - BJ OjulariJr/2024, LSU, 6-2, 244 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  B.J. Ojulari, a sophomore edge rusher, has 11 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in just 23 career games played at LSU. He's been a contributor on LSU's defense since his freshman year and his ability to stay healthy - having not missed a game in two seasons - adds to his value as a potential draft pick. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser

(DS#3 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB BJ OjulariLSU
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  04/27/22 - Jayden DanielsrJr/2024, LSU, 6-3, 185 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  After LSU's spring game, coach Brian Kelly acknowledged the scrimmage gave no indication of who will start at quarterback next season. "We didn't clear up anything with the quarterback today," Kelly said. "We probably made it even more difficult." All three quarterbacks competing for the position - sixth-year senior Myles Brennan, Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier - rotated Saturday afternoon between the first- and second-team offenses. Nussmeier led the passers with 136 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, though he came close to throwing one along the sideline. He completed 56% of his passes (9 for 16) and a handful of throws were particularly impressive, including one down the opposite sideline to senior Jaray Jenkins. Nussmeier placed the ball around two defenders, but Jenkins dropped the pass.

Daniels, who took the first snaps, showed how his speed could shape LSU's offense if he wins the job. He finished with seven carries for 21 yards and one touchdown, but he would've had more yards in a live-contact situation. Refs quickly blew the plays dead, and defenders couldn't tackle the quarterbacks. Though more inconsistent, Daniels made some quality throws. He had a fade in the back of the end zone to Kyren Lacy broken up, and two plays later he lofted a 20-yard touchdown to Bech with touch. He also completed a 39-yard pass to Brian Thomas Jr. Daniels finished 3 of 9 for 68 yards. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#22 QB) rJr/2024 QB Jayden DanielsLSU
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  04/27/22 - John Emery Jr.rJr/2024, LSU, 5-11, 215 (DS#10 RB) + More +

  Despite all the focus on quarterbacks, new coach Brian Kelly knows LSU must be committed to running the ball well to win the Southeastern Conference. He has a promising group, but his best runner is John Emery Jr. He had only four carries for 24 yards Saturday, but Kelly said Emery was playing hurt because he knows he will be less than 100% during the season. "I was proud of him," Kelly said. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#10 RB) rJr/2024 RB John Emery Jr.LSU
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  04/23/22 - Sevyn BanksrSr/2023, LSU, 6-0, 200 (DS#4 CB) + More +

  Sevyn Banks became the latest outgoing Ohio State football transfer to head to the SEC, announcing on Twitter that he has committed to LSU. Banks, a Florida native, joins former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's first roster with the Tigers. He announced in January he was entering the portal as a graduate transfer. He withdrew his name from NFL Draft consideration due to an injury that kept him off the field at the end of last season. Banks did not play the first two games of the season or the final three games.

In between he generally held down a starting spot opposite freshman Denzel Burke. He totaled eight tackles and one pass breakup. As a first-time starter in 2020, he recorded a team-high seven pass breakups with 23 tackles, one interception and a 55-yard fumble return touchdown. He was one of the secondary's more consistent performers on OSU's drive to the national championship game. Banks joins receiver Jameson Williams (Alabama), quarterback Jack Miller III (Florida) and defensive lineman Darrion Henry-Young (Kentucky) as recent OSU transfers to SEC programs. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#4 CB) rSr/2023 CB Sevyn BanksLSU
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