Reporters got to witness Arden Key's expanded role in practice Tuesday.
Key, LSU's All-America junior edge rusher, participated in some live contact drills during the open portion of practice, keeping with coach Ed Orgeron's promises earlier in the day.
Key remains sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery, Orgeron said, but he had planned to give the standout Georgia native more action Tuesday.
“He’s still waiting to be cleared for contact,” Orgeron said earlier Tuesday during his weekly news conference. “We’re going to do a little more with him today. Going to see what he can do. He’ll get a little more contact today as far as repetition. I don’t know if he’s full speed yet. We’re bringing him along. He’s not ready to play, hasn’t been cleared for a game yet.”
Key had shoulder surgery in May and has slowly progressed to this point. One of his biggest moves came Tuesday, when the school's sack record-holder collided with teammates during one-on-one pass-rushing drills. Key still donned a gold jersey, signifying limited contact because of injury.
Several of the LSU players who did not travel with the team for the season opener will “work…
More observations from practice:
- Defensive end Rashard Lawrence missed a second straight day of practice for what is believed to be precautionary reasons. Lawrence played a complete game against BYU and did not suffer any significant injury. He suffered what appeared to be a tweaked ankle in the first half, shaking it off quickly and remaining in the game.
- Defensive end Frank Herron was at practice Tuesday in his normal jersey. Herron wore a scout-team jersey during practice Monday, and his situation is a cloudy one. More on that here.
- Redshirt freshman edge rusher Andre Anthony missed another day of practice while recovering from an ankle injury he suffered last week. Anthony was spotted in a walking boot and on crutches before the game against BYU.
- Edge rusher Sci Martin returned to practice Tuesday after missing the past several days. Martin was one of 13 scholarship players who did not travel with the team to New Orleans for the season opener.
- Remaining absent from practice was tight end Caleb Roddy (unspecified) and receiver Dee Anderson (injury, according to Orgeron). Those are the only two players of the 13 who did not participate in practice Tuesday.
LSU remained at No. 12 in the Amway coaches poll released Tuesday.