Senior outside linebacker Corey Thompson will redshirt this season and will apply for a sixth year of eligibility, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday.
“I think he’s going to redshirt,” Orgeron said. “That decision has been made final. I think that’s going to happen.”
Thompson fractured a bone near his ankle on LSU’s first day of two-a-days in August and has not appeared in a game this season.
He returned to practice two weeks ago before the Tigers played Southern Miss on Oct. 15. However, Orgeron said Thompson was dealing with soreness and hadn’t practiced on a consistent basis.
Thompson practiced Tuesday and was not wearing a non-contact jersey, but Orgeron confirmed afterward that he will not suit up this season. The coach previously mentioned that he spoke to Thompson and Thompson’s father about his options going forward, including redshirting.
Thompson, a Missouri City, Texas native, moved from safety to outside linebacker in January. He was a starting safety in 2013 before missing 2014 with a knee injury. He evolved last year into a key figure at safety in LSU’s multi-defensive back sets, playing safety in the nickel and dime packages. Thompson started three of the final five games in 2015.
Thompson joins defensive tackle Christian LaCouture as seniors who will miss the entire 2016 season. LaCouture tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee early in preseason camp. His plans for the future are unknown.
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Moore, Chark, Jeter out
Fullback J.D. Moore, receiver D.J. Chark and tight end Colin Jeter all missed practice Tuesday, Orgeron confirmed.
Moore is suffering from a cervical strain in his neck in the first practice of LSU's off week. No. 19 LSU (5-2, 3-1) meets top-ranked Alabama (8-0, 5-0) on Nov. 5.
Orgeron said Moore took a “tough hit” Saturday during the win over Ole Miss, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. Moore suffered the hit on the opening kickoff. Orgeron said earlier Tuesday that Moore is "going to be fine" for the Alabama game. As for Jeter and Chark, he said "I don't know. Got to see."
It is unclear when Chark (sprained finger) and Jeter (sprained wrist) injured themselves, but neither were present at practice Tuesday.
LSU's starting offensive line remained the same at the Tigers' first bye week practice on Tuesday.
Weathersby could return for Bama
Offensive lineman Toby Weathersby could return for LSU’s game against Alabama, Orgeron said Tuesday, and he might even be back in the Tigers starting lineup at right tackle.
“If he’s 100 percent, we’re going to play him,” Orgeron said.
Weathersby returned to practice last week after a month of being out with a sprained ankle he suffered in Game 3 against Mississippi State. Weathersby, a sophomore, started the first three games at right tackle. Maea Teuhema has replaced him there.
Weathersby practiced Tuesday in a gold jersey, signifying limited contact. He did not practice with the starting offensive line, getting reps instead at right tackle with the second string.
“He did well,” Orgeron said.