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LSU and coach Ed Orgeron return to the practice fields Tuesday. 

A week ago, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and LSU’s Ed Orgeron knew little about each other’s teams.

Orgeron only watched parts of the Irish’s games against Georgia and Southern Cal, he said, and Kelly had seen Tigers running back Derrius Guice “a little bit” this year.

That’s about to – or already has – changed.

No. 16 LSU (9-3) begins bowl practice Tuesday, the first of 15 workouts until the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl against No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) in Orlando, Florida. The Tigers get a multi-day Christmas break from drills and then plan to arrive at the bowl site on Dec. 27.

Orgeron is expected to meet with reporters after Tuesday afternoon's practice. The practice, a portion of which is expected to be open to the media, could shed some light on injury situations with edge rusher Arden Key, guard Garrett Brumfield, safety Eric Monroe, tackle KJ Malone and F-back JD Moore.

Key missed the last two games of the regular season with a knee injury, and he underwent surgery two weeks ago on a broken finger that he played with the last two months of the season. Orgeron announced on Dec. 3 that he expected Key to play in the bowl game, likely his last in an LSU uniform. Key is projected as a first round draft pick and will almost certainly forgo his senior season for the NFL.

Brumfield did not finish the Tigers’ last game against A&M after suffering what LSU radio broadcasters called a “stinger.” Monroe appeared to suffer a knee injury in the first half against the Aggies, and Moore has battled a multitude of injuries this season, including a fractured hand. He missed long stretches against the Aggies. Malone hasn’t played in a game since injuring his knee in the game at Florida. He dressed out for the win over A&M.

Coaches, meanwhile, get somewhat of a respite from recruiting as practice revs up. The staff has pent the last two weeks on the road during the open contact period – a stretch of time that ends after this weekend. The contact period restarts Jan. 12.

LSU’s staff has remained intact through the first two-plus weeks of what’s known in college football as the “silly season,” where many staffs are in flux as coaches leap to different jobs. On Nov. 26, the school announced the post-bowl retirement of D-line coach Pete Jenkins and the promotion of outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson to D-line coach.

Other staff movement is possible. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is a potential candidate for the open offensive coordinator position at BYU, according to outlets in Utah. The Cougars toyed with hiring Grimes two years ago sparking a new contract from LSU. Grimes spent 2004-06 on BYU’s staff.

General manger Austin Thomas is a potential candidate for a similar position at Tennessee, FootballScoop.com reported over the weekend, and offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s name has been circulated for a few jobs, though no serious talks are believed to have transpired. 

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