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Freshman wide receiver Stephen Sullivan (10) stays hydrated during LSU's practice, Friday, August 5, 2016, at LSU's practice facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU freshman wide receiver Stephen Sullivan was not present at the Tigers’ third bowl practice Saturday. The reason is not currently known.

Sullivan, a Donaldsonville High graduate, played in seven games this season but recorded no statistics. He appeared in games primarily on special teams. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound wide out was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and Louisiana’s top-ranked receiver in the class of 2016.

Sullivan was one of three receivers LSU signed in its 2016 recruiting class, including Dee Anderson and Drake Davis. Anderson has played the most of three true freshmen wide outs, appearing in 10 of the 11 games with one start. He has four catches for 73 yards on the year.

The Tigers will lose at least two of its current nine receivers on scholarship next year. One, Travin Dural, is graduating. Sophomore Jazz Ferguson, who was serving a suspension, announced Thursday on Twitter that he would be transferring.

LSU currently has two wide receivers verbally committed to its 2017 recruiting class – four-star prospects Mannie Netherly and Stephen Guidry.

More observations from practice

  • Freshman offensive tackle Willie Allen has shed his gold jersey, which signifies limited contact for a player normally recovering from an injury. Allen missed the 2016 season and is expected to redshirt after a leg injury in preseason camp. The John Curtis product practiced for the first time since August on Thursday and wore a gold jersey during Friday’s practice.
  • Wide receiver Travin Dural continues to sport a gold jersey as he recovers from a shoulder injury he sustained during the game at Arkansas. The injury forced the senior to miss the regular season finale at Texas A&M. Dural said Friday that his shoulder felt “great” and he is “full go” for the bowl game.
  • Sophomore defensive end Isaiah Washington still hasn’t appeared at any of the bowl practices, but it appears he’s working to get back on the field. Washington, who suffered ligament damage to his knee and was ruled out for the season, tweeted Friday that he was “running and cutting” with cleats on for the first time since preseason camp.

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