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Members of the LSU offensive line huddle up on the field before kickoff against Alabama, Saturday, December 5, 2020, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

After a 2020 LSU football season that featured a team looking to replace upward of 30 faces from its 2019 title run, things are shaping up much differently heading into the 2021 campaign.

The NCAA announced it would grant an extra season of eligibility to players due to the coronavirus pandemic and has relaxed transfer restrictions, and a half-dozen players have already announced they don't intend to return.

An even larger number of draft eligible players, however, have made it clear they will be back for the 2021 season. Four players opted out before the 2020 season and are readying for the NFL draft, while another four played in multiple games for LSU before either opting out and/or opting to enter the transfer portal.

Scroll below for all of those names and key info for the players headed to the NFL draft, the NCAA transfer portal, or back to Baton Rouge early on in LSU's offseason.

WHO'S LEAVING?

JABRIL COX

Jabril Cox
  • POSITION: linebacker
  • YEAR: senior
  • LEAVING FOR: NFL draft
  • NOTES: The 6-foot-4, 231-pound senior who transferred from FCS powerhouse North Dakota State was eligible to return for another season, but will instead enter the draft, where he is expected to be a Day 2-3 selection in the 2021 NFL draft.

    Cox the team's third-leading tackler with 58 tackles, including 6.5 TFLs and a sack. Cox also had three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in his debut against Mississippi State in the season opener. 

ZACH VON ROSENBERG

Zach von Rosenberg
  • POSITION: punter
  • YEAR: senior
  • LEAVING FOR: NFL draft
  • NOTES: The Zachary native finished his final season ranked 23rd nationally with an average of 43.95 yards per punt. At 30 years old, he finished the season as the oldest player in college football.

RACEY McMATH

Racey McMath
  • POSITION: wide receiver
  • YEAR: senior
  • LEAVING FOR: NFL draft
  • NOTES: McMath started six games in the 2020 season after starring as gunner on LSU special teams in previous seasons. He rolled up 14 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown before his season was cut short by an injury suffered against Arkansas.

    McMath has already found professional representation and has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 30.

    He is projected to be a late Day 3 selection in the 2021 NFL draft or a UDFA target.

TORY CARTER

Tory Carter
  • POSITION: FB/TE
  • YEAR: senior
  • LEAVING FOR: NFL draft
  • NOTES: Carter was LSU's starting fullback in 2018, the year before the program's transformation into a modern spread attack. In the last two seasons Carter mainly saw action as a tight end or H-back in the backfield.

    Carter had two carries for four yards in his four seasons along with 16 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded eight career tackles on special teams. The Georgia native played in seven games in 2020, starting one.

JACOBY STEVENS

Jacoby Stevens
  • POSITION: safety
  • YEAR: senior 
  • LEAVING FOR: NFL draft
  • NOTES: Stevens was one of the few draft-eligible starters from LSU's 2019 squad to return for another year with the Tigers. He saw his numbers dip from 92 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions to 63, 3 and 0 in his senior season while spearheading a defensive secondary that struggled to start the year. Stevens and the larger group rebounded for a stronger finish to the season, and recovered a fumble that sealed a victory against Ole Miss, which he had previously said would be his final game with the Tigers.

    Stevens split time between wide receiver and safety as a freshman, but was full-time on defense by his sophomore year. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week three times in junior season (Mississippi State, Auburn and Arkansas). Stevens is projected as a potential Day 3 selection in the 2021 NFL draft.

OPT OUTS/TRANSFERS

ARIK GILBERT

Arik Gilbert
  • POSITION: tight end
  • YEAR: freshman
  • LEAVING FOR: transfer
  • NOTES: The 6-foot-5, 249-pound freshman was the prize recruit of the 2020 class, the nation's Gatorade Player of the Year and the highest-rated tight end in the history of 247Sports. He was LSU's second-leading receiver over his eight games played with 35 catches, 368 yards and two touchdowns.

    Gilbert returned home to Marietta, Georgia, in the days after LSU's 55-17 loss to Alabama. The following Tuesday LSU coach Ed Orgeron told reporters the tight end would opt out for the remainder of the season. He opted to enter the NCAA's transfer portal in early January.

KARY VINCENT JR

Kary Vincent
  • POSITION: CB
  • YEAR: senior
  • NOTES: Vincent was among the first LSU players to announce he'd opt out for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic and announced he'd enter the 2021 NFL draft. He saw action in all of LSU's games in the 2019 title run, starting eight, with 44 tackles and 4 interceptions.

    He is projected to be a Day 3 selection

JA'MARR CHASE

Ja'Marr Chase
  • POSITION: wide receiver
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: Chase, who won the Fred Biletnikoff Award in his sophomore season given to the nation's top pass-catcher, announced well before the 2020 season he would opt out due to the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for the 2020 NFL draft. Chase broke several LSU records as a key receiving weapon for Joe Burrow in the 2019 title run, including touchdowns in a season (20) and receiving yards (1,780).

    Chase is the lone LSU player projected as a high Day 1 selection in the 2021 NFL draft.

TYLER SHELVIN

Tyler Shelvin
  • POSITION: nose tackle
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: Shelvin ascended into a starring role along LSU's defensive line in the 2019 title campaign, starting 13 games and logging 39 tackles, including 3 TFLs. He announced before the start of the 2020 season he would opt out due to the coronavirus pandemic. He reportedly was on the fence to return -- which was the case with Neil Farrell -- but ultimately decided to opt out and said he'd prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Shelvin is projected to be a Day 2 selection

TERRACE MARSHALL

Terrace Marshall
  • POSITION: wide receiver 
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: Marshall played in 7 games before opting out for the Tigers' final three, following a loss to Texas A&M. The junior began the season on a scorching pace, logging 21 catches for 424 yards and seven touchdowns over his first three games with quarterback Myles Brennan, who suffered a season-ending injury during Marshall's 11-catch, 235-yard, 3-touchdown performance in a loss to Missouri.

    Marshall's production dipped in his next three games started by true freshman quarterback TJ Finley, but his Tigers career ended on a high note with 10 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Texas A&M. Marshall's performance against Missouri ranks as the 5th-most receiving yards in a game in LSU's history, and his 23 career touchdowns leaves him in a tie with Chase for the 4th-most all-time by an LSU receiver.

    Marshall is projected to be an early Day 2 pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

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SIAKI 'APU' IKA

Apu Ika
  • POSITION: defensive tackle
  • YEAR: sophomore
  • NOTES: Ika played at nose tackle in 13 games for LSU in 2019, but had a limited role to begin the 2020 season. He started against Vanderbilt in the Tigers' second game, but went to the bench in place of Glen Logan against Missouri. LSU coach Ed Orgeron projected more time for Ika against Florida, but that game was postponed. He saw limited action against South Carolina the next week, with reports emerging the following week that he'd enter the transfer portal. He eventually landed on Baylor as his transfer destination.

TRAVEZ MOORE

Travez Moore
  • POSITION: defensive end
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: Moore played in LSU's first two games of the season before announcing he'd opt out the rest of the way, and also entered the NCAA transfer portal. Moore chose Arizona State as his transfer destination and will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.

WHO'S RETURNING?

GLEN LOGAN 

Glen Logan
  • POSITION: defensive tackle
  • YEAR: senior
  • NOTES: A former defensive end in LSU's 3-4 scheme, Logan switched to defensive tackle in 2020, recording 17 tackles and half a tackle for loss. The 6-foot-3, 339-pound Kenner will be taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by an NCAA waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ANDRE ANTHONY

Andre Anthony
  • POSITION: defensive end
  • YEAR: senior
  • NOTES: Anthony led the Tigers with 5.5 sacks in 2020 and ranked fourth on the team with 5.5 TFLs. Anthony saw action in 10 games, starting eight, with 24 tackles, four quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

    The 6-foot-3, 255-pound New Orleans native will be taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by an NCAA waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ED INGRAM

Ed Ingram
  • POSITION: left guard
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: The 6-foot-3, 315-pound junior was eligible to leave early for the NFL draft but announced he will return for his final season with the Tigers.

CHASEN HINES

Chasen Hines
  • POSITION: right guard
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: The 6-foot-3, 349-pound junior was eligible to leave early for the NFL draft but announced he will return for his final season with the Tigers.

NEIL FARRELL

Neil Farrell
  • POSITION: defensive tackle
  • YEAR: senior
  • NOTES: Farrell played in all 10 games, starting six, in 2020 and recorded 25 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and a sack.

    The Mobile, Alabama native was the first LSU player to announce he'd opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but later reversed that decision and returned to the team. He now plans to take advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by an NCAA waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ALI GAYE

Ali Gaye
  • POSITION: defensive end 
  • YEAR: junior
  • NOTES: Gaye led LSU with 9.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries. He also recorded two sacks and six pass breakups, often using his long arms to disrupt throws, while intercepting one pass in the season finale against Ole Miss.

    Gaye transferred to LSU after starring at Garden City Community College in 2019, where he was rated the No. 2 JUCO defensive end in the country. He will be taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by an NCAA waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic.

LIAM SHANAHAN

Liam Shanahan
  • POSITION: center
  • YEAR: senior
  • NOTES: Shanahan, who transferred to LSU after three seasons with Harvard, was the first Tigers player to announce he'd return to take advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
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JONTRE KIRKLIN

Jontre Kirklin

POSITION: wide receiver

YEAR: senior


Below is the list of additional players on LSU's 2020 roster listed in the senior class who could potentially take advantage of an extra year of eligibility.

  • Darren Evans, cornerback
  • Lloyd Cole, cornerback
  • Cameron Lewis, safety
  • Ray Thornton, linebacker
  • Austin Deculus, offensive line 

This list will be updated as more players make their announcements. 

Email Jeff Nowak at jnowak@theadvocate.com

Twitter: @Jeff_Nowak