LSU outside linebacker Corey Thompson, who returned to the practice field this week after sustaining a preseason injury, will not play Saturday against Southern Miss, interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday at his radio show.
Thompson practiced Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his ankle during preseason camp eight weeks ago. However, Orgeron said Thompson is experiencing soreness and will not play against the Golden Eagles (4-2) at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
“He was very sore,” Orgeron said. “He’s not going to be ready.”
At practice on Tuesday, Thompson, a senior from Texas, participated in drills in normal uniform. He did not don a gold non-contact jersey.
Asked about Thompson’s availability on Monday, Orgeron said he spoke to Thompson and Thompson's father about Thompson’s options going forward, including a possible medical redshirt, but the coach didn’t rule out a possible return this season.
"He will be able to play this year,” Orgeron said at his Monday press luncheon. “He’s not ready yet. We’re going to do more things with him right now. I spoke to him and his father last week on the phone. There’s always options. People are thinking, ‘How much are you going to play? Should you use it as a redshirt year?’ I told his dad, ‘Let’s take it day-by-day. Let’s see if Corey wants to play. Let’s see how much we’re going to use him, how much we’re going to play him.'”
Here are a few other nuggets from Orgeron’s radio show:
Smith expected to play: Orgeron expects freshman cornerback Saivion Smith to play Saturday. Prior to the LSU-Florida postponement, Smith did not play in LSU’s Oct. 1 win against Missouri due to an unspecified injury. He has practiced this week in normal uniform, shedding the gold non-contact jersey he donned Monday and last week. “Saivion practiced very well this week, and we’re going to see if he’s ready for game time,” Orgeron said. “I think he may be ready.”
Dodd to start; Pocic to play RT: Orgeron confirmed Andy Dodd will start at center against Southern Miss, while Ethan Pocic will play right tackle. LSU planned to shuffle the offensive line against Florida due a rash of injuries during the first month of the season. That includes Maea Teuhema moving from right tackle to left guard. Starting left guard Will Clapp won't play due to a right shoulder injury. Right tackle Toby Weathersby has been out since suffering a sprained ankle in a win against Mississippi State on Sept. 17. "I think those guys are going to do very well," Orgeron said of Dodd and Pocic.
Pro-style QB recruiting: Asked about LSU’s perceived inability to recruit or develop quarterbacks under Les Miles, Orgeron made clear that he plans to recruit pro-style quarterbacks and prefers to recruit pro-style quarterbacks from Louisiana. LSU signed 17 quarterback in Miles’ 12-year tenure – nine pro-style quarterbacks and eight dual-threat quarterbacks. “I want a pro-style quarterback,” Orgeron said. “Louisiana has been rich in quarterbacks and pro-style quarterbacks. … We’re going to go anywhere in the country that we need to get them, but we’re going to look at Louisiana first.”
2017 recruiting class: If he remains the head coach, Orgeron said he feels “very confident” LSU will be able to keep “most” of their 2017 recruiting class together. Orgeron acknowledged the coaching uncertainty raises questions from the players and their parents, which allows for others schools to enter the mix. Along with the coaching staff contacting the prospects frequently, Orgeron believes what LSU has shown on the field should impress recruits to hold firm on their initial decision. So far, only one of LSU’s 20 commitments for the 2017 class has decommitted. “They see what’s going on T.V,” Orgeron said. “They watch the games. A lot of them came to our game and went ‘Wow, that’s the way the LSU Tigers should play.’”
Logan to redshirt: Orgeron confirmed freshman defensive end Glen Logan will redshirt this year. Logan, a Destrehan native, was a four-star prospect coming out of high school. LSU has a veteran-laden defensive line and a few other rookie defensive linemen are jostling for playing time. “He’s a big guy,” Orgeron said, “We just didn’t have room for him to play (this year).”
Honoring Mike VI: Though he wouldn’t reveal details, Orgeron said LSU will honor the late Mike VI, the university’s live tiger mascot, against Southern Miss. Mike VI died Tuesday after a four-month battle with cancer. “We have some plans,” Orgeron said. “I’m not going to reveal those plans now, but we do have plans of honoring Mike. I think the school is going to do a tremendous job.”