LSU defensive lineman Maquedius Bain leaving team; Mickey Johnson returning _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (47) show during pregame practice drills this past season.

LSU has lost a defensive lineman and gained another one.

Sophomore Maquedius Bain tweeted Monday that he’s leaving the program, while Mickey Johnson is returning to the team after flirting with transferring in the spring.

Johnson, a senior from Covington, is one of 105 players who will report for preseason camp on Wednesday, school spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed. Bonnette also confirmed the departure of Bain.

The news comes three days before LSU will begin preseason camp and two days before players are set to report for drills.

Bain was expected to be a key reserve at defensive end or/and defensive tackle this season. He was recently reinstated to the team after a six-week suspension following his arrest for unauthorized entry into a dwelling. Bain redshirted as a freshman and played in 10 games last year.

Bain was moved from tackle to end this spring, but coach Ed Orgeron said this summer that Bain could be used at tackle as well this season after the departures of tackles Travonte Valentine and Trey Lealaimatafao.

Bain becomes the fifth LSU player to leave the program this off-season, joining Lealaimatafao (dismissed), Valentine, receiver Avery Peterson and linebacker Clifton Garrett.

Johnson is a former four star defensive tackle who had planned to transfer this spring and did not participate in spring drills. He appeared on the school’s online roster Monday. Johnson has played in six games, with no starts, in his three previous years as a Tiger.

He joins a defensive tackle position that is low on depth behind starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux. Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore and Quinton Thomas are the only scholarship tackles on the team.