LSU football's Arden Key, who plays LSU's Buck (defensive end/outside linebacker) position, missed spring practice for “personal reasons,” but LSU coach Ed Orgeron continued Tuesday to indicate Key will rejoin the team this fall.
At the SEC Spring Meeting in Destin, Orgeron again said Key will be back in school next week for the start of summer classes.
“Summer school starts next Monday,” Orgeron said. “I totally expect him to be back.”
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Key, a Georgia native, took a leave of absence form the team this spring for what Orgeron called “personal reasons.” http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_44444128-3225-11e7-b41c-e79aceb2606e.html-11e7-b41c-e79aceb2606e.html" target="_blank">Orgeron told The Advocate earlier this month that he expected Key to return to start the summer semester June 5.
“It was something he wanted to do, he needed to do,” Orgeron said then of Key's absence this spring. “He’s up 255 (pounds) right now. Looks good.”
Key’s father, Arden Sr., told The Advocate in February that his son is healthy and “fine,” but he declined to reveal specifics. The school has asked media to respect Key and his family’s privacy.
A freshman All-American in 2015 and a first-team All-SEC selection in 2016, Key finished his sophomore season with 12 sacks, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles. Key, a native of the Atlanta area, was the featured weapon in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 alignment last year.
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Key was suspended for the regular-season finale at Texas A&M, but he played in LSU's Citrus Bowl win over Louisville. A reason for his suspension in the A&M game was not made public.
A school spokesman at first announced that Key missed the A&M game while injured, but Orgeron later said the player was suspended for off-the-field issues.
The Advocate's Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.
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