Arden Key won’t be the only edge-rushing outside linebacker missing from LSU’s first training-camp practice July 31.
Isaiah Washington, a redshirt sophomore from New Orleans, is transferring, he announced Thursday in a message on Twitter.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette had earlier confirmed to The Advocate that Washington was no longer with the program. He issued no further comment on the matter.
Washington, a former standout at Karr, missed the final few weeks of spring practice for academic reasons. He played six games in his LSU career, all of them coming late in his freshman season of 2015.
Washington missed last season after rupturing an ACL during preseason camp. He participated in his first practice since the injury during the first day of spring drills March 11. During the first four spring practices, Washington was running behind Andre Anthony and Sci Martin at the buck position, a hybrid edge rushing spot normally occupied by Key.
John Battle hopes to perform well enough this season to leave for the NFL draft.
Key missed spring practice while taking a leave of absence from the team. He’ll miss the start of camp and potentially some early-season games while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Ranked as high as the No. 15 defensive end nationally in the class of 2015, Washington was named to The Advocate's 2015 Super Dozen after he finished with 55 tackles and seven sacks as a senior at Karr.
He’s the eighth player to leave the team this offseason, joining quarterback Brandon Harris (transfer), cornerback Saivion Smith (transfer), receiver Jazz Ferguson (transfer), defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (dismissed), offensive tackle Chidi Okeke (transfer), center Andy Dodd (transfer) and offensive tackle Willie Allen (transfer).
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