Add Deondre Clark to the list of normal LSU players missing from game day.
The senior defensive lineman did not dress out for LSU’s game Saturday against Arkansas, joining a lengthy list of guys including left tackle KJ Malone. Malone continues his recovery from a left knee injury suffered at Florida. He was spotted on the sideline without crutches.
Clark’s absence is unclear, but the Oklahoma native is a deep reserve who has seen little time this season. He’s been in and out of practice. Clark joins a list of normal absentees: edge rusher Sci Martin, defensive back Kristian Fulton, cornerback Xavier Lewis, F-back Bry’Kiethon Mouton, edge rusher Andre Anthony and tight end Caleb Roddy.
Anthony, a redshirt freshman, is expected to miss this season after suffering an injury during practice in August. He underwent surgery a few weeks ago and announced on Twitter that he’d miss 2017. He has not played this season, likely making him eligible for a medical redshirt.
Martin, Fulton and Roddy have not played this season and have not dressed out for a game, even. They have, at times, been in attendance at practice. Coach Ed Orgeron, when asked about the trio this season, has been non-committable or called them “questionable.” The players not dressing could be a sign that they are ineligible in some way or suspended.
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Lewis, meanwhile, played a significant role early in the season, serving as a rotational player at the team’s third cornerback, the nickel. He has not played in the past four games. Mouton, a junior and the team’s backup fullback last year, has played in one game this season against UT-Chattanooga.
LSU is without a handful of other players for various reasons: safety Ed Paris (out for the season with knee injury), DL Tyler Shelvin (academically ineligible) and FBS transfers DL Breiden Fehoko, WR Jonathan Giles and TE Thaddeus Moss, who must sit out this season according to NCAA rules.
Saturday, the Golden Band from Tigerland will belt out the first four brassy notes of “Hold That Tiger” as it marches in precision across the …
LSU’s new “Chair of Honor” honoring prisoners of war and solders missing in action was on display at Saturday’s game for the first time.
The chair, which is on the field level of Tiger Stadium in the north end zone next to where LSU players enter the field. LSU says similar chairs will be installed in the PeteMaravichAssemblyCenter, Alex Box Stadium and TigerPark.
LSU captains were snapper Blake Ferguson, defensive end Frank Herron, tackle Toby Weathersby and center Will Clapp. … Dee Anderson and Justin Jefferson got their first touches of their career. Anderson caught his first career pass in the first quarter to convert a third-and-7. Anderson missed several games early this year after battling injuries during preseason camp. Jefferson, a freshman, carried on a jet sweep in the fourth quarter. … Representatives from the Citrus, TaxSlayer and Independence bowls were in attendance Saturday. … The victory was LSU’s 500th overall win in Tiger Stadium. … LSU improved to 39-22-2 against Arkansas with the win. The Tigers are 16-10 against the Razorbacks since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992.
Ed Orgeron gets to sleep in Saturday morning, despite LSU’s 11 a.m. kickoff against Arkansas.