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  05/12/21 - Derek Stingley Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  Star LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will wear the coveted No. 7 jersey this season. The university announced the number change Tuesday afternoon in a social media post, which included highlights of the former No. 24 that show why the All-American defensive back will join the long list of star defenders to wear the number. Former LSU quarterback TJ Finley opens up about transfer decision, seeking 'best fit for me' The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior has lived up to his five-star billing in his two seasons in Baton Rouge. Stingley, a Dunham School graduate, has twice been named first-team All-Southeastern Conference and was named a consensus All-American as a true freshman in 2019, when LSU won its fourth national championship in school history.

Stingley missed three games because of injury and non-coronavirus related sickness as a sophomore in 2020. By that point, some believed it was possible he'd be wearing No. 7 already. Former free safety JaCoby Stevens wore the number last season, and, after departing for the NFL draft, Stingley becomes the most recent star defender to receive the honor. "Derek is very deserving of following in the footsteps of some of the great players in LSU history in wearing the No. 7 jersey," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement. "Derek is an outstanding young man from right here in Baton Rouge who represents our program with tremendous character and a desire to make all of those around him better." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#1 CB) Jr/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  05/08/21 - TJ FinleySo/2024, LSU, 6-5, 242 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  LSU quarterback TJ Finley officially entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday morning, a development that came a day after news broke that the Tigers four-man quarterback battle was heading to just three players. The sophomore and Ponchatoula High graduate posted a farewell message on Twitter that said in part that "change is never easy, but is needed for growth." The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Finley had a 2-3 record as a starter last season and completed 80-of-140 passes for 941 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Finley started in five games as a freshman, stepping in for Myles Brennan when he suffered a season-ending abdominal muscle tear against Missouri in the third game of the season. Finley won the job over freshman Max Johnson at the time, but after inconsistent play over his five starts, LSU coach Ed Orgeron started Johnson in the final two games of the season. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB TJ FinleyLSU
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  05/05/21 - Zach Von RosenbergSr/2021, LSU, 6-4, 235 (DS#7 P) + More +

  Former LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings, his agent announced Monday afternoon. He became the ninth LSU player to land with his first NFL team either through the draft or free agency this offseason, and he will join former Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who recorded 1,400 yards receiving in his rookie season with the Vikings last year. At 30 years old, 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, LSU's former punter racked up accolades as a four-year starter for the Tigers. In the 2020 season he punted 59 times, the most in the Southeastern Conference and second-most in all of college football. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#7 P) Sr/2021 P Zach Von RosenbergLSU
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  05/04/21 - *Tyler ShelvinrJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 350 (DS#8 DT) + More +

  LSU managed seven selections in the 2021 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday - half of its 14 total in 2020 that tied Ohio State for the record in the seven-round format last year. But the Tigers are at least getting the band back together in Cincinnati as two rookies are joining 2020 overall first pick and starting quarterback Joe Burrow. Defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin of Lafayette was picked in the fourth round Saturday by Cincinnati after wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase was the fifth player selected in the first round on Thursday by the Bengals. "I'm getting back with my brothers and ready to go back to work," Shelvin said after going to Cincinnat. "I talked to Ja'Marr but not Joe yet," he said. "I know he probably is busy somewhere. But I know he'll probably call me. Me and Ja'Marr are very close, and we're both ready to get to work. I can't wait." Shelvin made 26 solo tackles and 39 overall with three for losses in 14 starts in 2019 when LSU won the national title at 15-0 with Burrow and Chase directing the offense. - Shreveport Times

(DS#8 DT) rJr/2021 DT *Tyler ShelvinLSU
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  05/01/21 - *JaMarr ChaseJr/2021, LSU, 6-0, 201 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Ja'Marr Chase being picked to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 5 wasn't exactly a surprise, but a text from the LSU star's former quarterback offered a bit of hint. "Get your bags packed," Burrow texted his former teammate before the draft, as relayed by Chase after his selection. It only took Chase a few words to get to his excitement about the reunion as he spoke to ESPN's Suzy Kolber on stage. "It's a blessing coming true, being out here with my family, you know, especially having this great experience," Chase said. "But for the most part I can't wait to get to work with Joe...I'm ready to work."

The biggest roadblock to the reunion was likely the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4. When Atlanta picked Florida tight end Kyle Pitts at that slot, the crowd at Chase's watch party in New Orleans cheered, according to a report from NOLA.com's Rod Walker. The pick marked the first time since 2007 the same team picked LSU players in the first round of back-to-back drafts. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2021 WR *JaMarr ChaseLSU
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  04/30/21 - Derek Stingley Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-1, 195 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  The unofficial start to college football season is less than three months away. The SEC on Wednesday announced its coach appearance schedule for its 2021 football media days, which the conference previously revealed would be held July 19-22. Alabama coach Nick Saban will speak to reporters Wednesday, while Auburn's Bryan Harsin will make the rounds Thursday. The event will be held in Hoover at the Hyatt Regency hotel, which has hosted 18 of the past 19 seasons' media days. The conference had been set to move its football media days to Atlanta in 2020, but that was canceled because the COVID-19 pandemic. Its 2022 site has not been announced. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2023 CB Derek Stingley Jr.LSU
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  04/16/21 - Austin DeculusrSr/2022, LSU, 6-6, 331 (DS#12 OT) + More +

  LSU's depth on the offensive line is very similar to how experienced the unit was going into the 2019 season. The Tigers returned four starters from the 2018 season and thrived in the team's transition to a modern spread offense. Now, thanks to the NCAA's COVID-19 extended eligibility ruling, every starter from the 2020 season decided to return. Austin Deculus will be a fourth-year starter at right tackle, and, a year after being the only returning starter up front, he says this veteran group has what it takes to reclaim the Joe Moore Award for nation's top offensive line. Expect left tackle Dare Rosenthal, left guard Ed Ingram and center Liam Shanahan to have their positions locked up. Each of them could've left for the NFL and more than likely all have been selected somewhere in the draft. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#12 OT) rSr/2022 OT Austin DeculusLSU
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  04/11/21 - *JaMarr ChaseJr/2021, LSU, 6-0, 201 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Star LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase will attend the NFL draft in person in Cleveland, which means the highly rated prospect will participate in the league's ceremonious return to its more usual fanfare after the coronavirus pandemic forced the annual event to be done virtually last year. Chase is projected to be a high first-round pick, and some mock drafts have him going as high as No. 5 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he'd rejoin former LSU teammate Joe Burrow, or No. 6 overall to the Miami Dolphins. The NFL announced last month that the draft, which takes place April 29 until May 1, will be held in iconic Cleveland locations, including FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2021 WR *JaMarr ChaseLSU
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  04/09/21 - Arik GilbertSo/2024, LSU, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  The long-winding offseason journey for tight end Arik Gilbert hasn't ended quite yet, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the former five-star recruit did have a "very good meeting" at the school's facilities recently. Gilbert, who was briefly committed to conference rival Florida, returned to Baton Rouge in March to meet with the team. It is the first known time that Gilbert visited with LSU since he entered the NCAA transfer portal and left the team toward the end of last season. Orgeron said "no decision's been made" yet about just where Gilbert will enroll and play college football again, but the coach said "everybody was happy to see him" and the athletic department checked with its compliance office to make sure the visit could happen. "He hasn't made a decision yet, hasn't told us anything yet," Orgeron said. "I think it's still up in the air, but it was a very positive day when he came." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 TE) So/2024 TE Arik GilbertLSU
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  03/24/21 - John Emery Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 5-10, 215 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  LSU's two returning leading rushers, Ty Davis-Price and John Emery, are both limited with injuries in spring football, head coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday morning in a radio interview. Davis-Price, who led LSU with 446 yards rushing and three touchdowns in 2020, has been hurt "for the most part" since spring football began last week, Orgeron told 104.5 ESPN's "Off the Bench," and they "haven't seen much out of him" although Orgeron didn't detail the injury. Orgeron said Emery, who had 378 yards rushing and three touchdowns in 2020, has been recovering from shoulder surgery. Emery has been wearing a gold noncontact jersey during practice and can't scrimmage. "He's coming back very well," Orgeron said. "He's doing everything we're asking him to do." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#12 RB) Jr/2023 RB John Emery Jr.LSU
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  03/20/21 - Myles BrennanrSr/2022, LSU, 6-3, 210 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Imagine a day, years from now, in which an athlete suffers an injury that tore abdominal muscles and ligaments and required surgery. The athlete visits the doctor's office, sits on the examination chair, and the doctor walks up and says, "you're gonna need Myles Brennan surgery." That hypothetical was almost possible. A brand new surgery was almost named after LSU's quarterback, whose season-ending abdominal injury against Missouri last season was so rare that it confounded every specialist he saw. Ed Orgeron's 2021: Winning expectations, 'sense of urgency' and AD's warnings to stay out of politics

Brennan said copies of his MRIs were sent to NFL and MLB franchises, golf and tennis trainers. None of them had ever seen an injury like it before. In an interview with reporters Thursday, Brennan said the doctor he visited in Baton Rouge told him that he had two options: 1) let the injury heal on its own, or 2) undergo a surgery that would be the first of its kind. "Personally, I've never done surgery on this," Brennan said the doctor told him. "So, we'd be naming the surgery after you if you wanted to." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#12 QB) rSr/2022 QB Myles BrennanLSU
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  03/19/21 - Eli RicksSo/2024, LSU, 6-2, 196 (DS#4 CB) + More +

  Star cornerback Eli Ricks will most likely most of spring football practice due to an injury, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday, although the returning starter may return near the end of spring. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound sophomore was one of the few bright spots in a porous secondary during the 2020 season. Ricks' four interceptions tied for eighth nationally, and he returned two for touchdowns. He was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press, plus a selection on the All-Southeastern Conference freshman team. Orgeron didn't reveal the details of Ricks' injury, but he did say "he may come back toward the end of the spring. Ricks was scheduled to miss spring football last season after offseason surgery on a torn labrum, although spring practices were eventually canceled due to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#4 CB) So/2024 CB Eli RicksLSU
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  03/19/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, LSU, 6-4, 219 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  Just who would be LSU's starting signal caller was one of the biggest questions going into this offseason, especially with Myles Brennan returning from an abdominal injury that ended his 2020 season after just three games. But it wasn't Brennan who took the first snaps on LSU's first day of spring practice on Tuesday. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said returning freshman Max Johnson, who led LSU to dramatic comeback victories in last year's final two games, was the player who went under-center first.

Orgeron said he told Johnson he'd be getting the first snaps going into the day's practice, and that it's considered a reward for the young player who helped prevent the Tigers from having their first losing record since 1999. "There's one quarterback that's 2-0 on campus here," Orgeron said, "and that's him." Still, Orgeron said all the quarterbacks took equal reps during Tuesday's practice, and that "there's no favorite" in a competition that'll likely carry over the next month, perhaps more. "The competition is open," Orgeron said, "and the best man is going to win." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#17 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonLSU
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  03/14/21 - Maurice Hampton Jr.Jr/2023, LSU, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Two-sport LSU athlete Maurice Hampton has entered the NCAA transfer portal, head baseball coach Paul Mainieri confirmed Thursday, a decision that comes months after the promising player considered quitting football and dedicating his time to one sport. The 6-foot, 215-pound Tennessee native started in five games at safety for the LSU football team in 2020, and he played in five games so far this season as a reserve outfielder on the baseball team. He left the baseball team Thursday. "I was caught off guard by his decision today," Mainieri said, "but I can't say I was totally surprised." Mainieri said Hampton told him in December he intended not to play football anymore. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 SS) Jr/2023 SS Maurice Hampton Jr.LSU
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  03/13/21 - Micah BaskervilleSr/2022, LSU, 6-1, 231 (DS#40 OLB) + More +

  LSU linebacker Micah Baskerville will not participate in spring football while focusing on academics, an LSU official confirmed Thursday. Baskerville still remains on the team, and he is expected to return for the 2021 season. The 6-foot-1, 231-pound junior was a key piece in LSU's defense in 2020, stepping into the starting lineup against South Carolina on Oct. 24. Baskerville started in five games last season and was LSU's fourth-leading tackler with 55 total tackles and 4½ tackles for loss. His role increased late in the season, when he started in five of the final six games in place of Damone Clark. Baskerville missed the Florida game Dec. 12, when he did not make the trip with the team to Gainesville. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#40 OLB) Sr/2022 OLB Micah BaskervilleLSU
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