LSU has many injured players, but none significantly; 2020 schedule announced

Glenn Guilbeau
The Daily Advertiser
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LSU Tigers defensive end Rashard Lawrence (90) celebrates a sack against the UCF Knights during the first half of the 2019 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium.

BATON ROUGE  — During a 12-minute press conference on Tuesday, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron was asked about injuries seven times, or just about every other minute.

Finally, by question No. 7, he paused and smiled. "You big on those injuries today, huh," he said.

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There have been many missing Tigers over the previous three days, including six starters — sophomore outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, who missed the last 12 games of 2018 with a knee injury, senior cornerback Kristian Fulton, junior safety Grant Delpit, senior defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence, junior defensive tackle Glen Logan, and freshman signee/January enrollee cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.

Freshman signees Trey Palmer and Devonta Lee at wide receiver, Kardell Thomas at guard, Thomas Perry at offensive tackle, Charles Turner at center, and John Emery Jr. at tailback have also been out with injuries along with redshirt freshman offensive tackle Cameron Wire, junior tight end Jamal Pettigrew, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, junior tight end T.K. McClendon, junior cornerbacks Mannie Netherly and Lloyd Cole, junior defensive end Neil Farrell, and senior wide receiver Derrick Dillon.

It is a long list, but none of the injuries are serious, and LSU does not open the season until Aug. 31 against Georgia Southern.

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LSU defensive end Rashard Lawrence holds the defensive player of the game after winning the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale January 1, 2019. LSU beat UCF 40-32.

"Camp injuries," Orgeron said. "Sprain here. Sprain there. Guys should be coming back. Nothing that is going to keep anybody out for too long. On defense, we're banged up. We have a lot of guys out right now, but guys we're going to get back. But I wish they could be there for every repetition just like the offensive line to get better. It's going to take a while for some of those guys. We're going to work them in. But just regular camp. Regular camp injuries."

Lawrence, a two-year starter from Neville High in Monroe, is returning from off-season knee surgery and just needed a day off Tuesday, Orgeron said.

"He's been pushing it very hard," Orgeron said. "He's sore. He just needed some rest on it."

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Sophomore guard Chasen Hines, who sat out practice on Sunday, filled in for Turner at center behind starter Lloyd Cushenberry on Tuesday.

"Charles is going to be back in the next week or so," Orgeron said.

Pettigrew, who suffered another injury over the summer, may be out the longest.

"I don't know exactly when he's going to come back," Orgeron said.

But junior tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss who missed all of last season with foot injuries after transferring from North Carolina State, is finally healthy.

"Really pleased with Thaddeus Moss," Orgeron said. "He has practiced every practice. He and Tory Carter are very tough."

Carter is junior tight end, a position that also has converted wide receiver Stephen Sullivan, a senior expected to start.

Orgeron was not concerned with Fulton, who is coming off a foot injury from late last season.

"Kristian will be back soon," he said. "I think we'll be fine. Jay Ward made some outstanding plays out there. So has Cordale Flott."

Both Ward and Flott are freshman signees.

"We always have Kary, who we can put there," he said of junior Kary Vincent Jr. "So, we're in good shape. Mo Hampton (another freshman signee) can play there. He made a bunch of plays. He showed today he can make some plays. Cordale, Jay and Raydarious Jones (a freshman signee), those guys are outstanding."

Senior wide receiver Dee Anderson remains suspended until he can meet conditioning requirements. 

LSU will scrimmage for the first time Saturday at 11:10 a.m. in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers are off today before a 4:15 p.m. practice on Friday.

TYLER SHELVIN IMPROVING: Sophomore Tyler Shelvin of Notre Dame High in Crowley is beginning to show signs that he has shed many pounds.

"Tyler has gone through every rep the last couple days in some very tough practices," Orgeron said. "That shows that he's in good condition, but not great condition."

DEVONTA LEE "PHYSICAL": Freshman signee wide receiver Devonta Lee of Amite was impressive in one-on-one, "Big Cat" attack drills Tuesday.

"He's a physical, physical receiver," Orgeron said. "Catches every ball. Has shown some signs of being an outstanding player."

CADE YORK DOMINATING: Freshman signee kicker Cade York has been "phenomenal," Orgeron said.

"Really good. Obviously, he's got to do it in front of some people," he said. "But right now, very, very impressive. A strong leg. Very accurate. He's doing very well, and a good kid, too."

TOP POSITION BATTLES: Junior Jacob Phillips is a returning starter at inside linebacker, but he is being tested by junior Patrick Queen and sophomore Damone Clark.

"He's doing it," Orgeron said of Clark. "He's pushing. They're competing. So is Patrick Queen. I thought Jacob Phillips had his best day today, but those three guys are battling for that position right now."

There is also a three-way batting raging at left guard, where Garrett Brumfield started last year as a senior. Senior Adrian Magee and sophomore Chasen Hines are close with freshman signee Kardell Thomas not far behind.

2020 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The Southeastern Conference announced its 2020 football schedule on Wednesday. LSU's schedule follows:


Sept. 12 TEXAS

Sept. 19 at Rice (in Houston – NRG Stadium)

Sept. 26 OLE MISS


Oct. 10 at Florida

Oct. 17 at Arkansas


Oct. 31 Open



Nov. 21 at Auburn

Nov. 28 at Texas A&M

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I thought first of all, he's a phenomenal speaker. Very proud. I showed his speech to the team - what he said about LSU. Just a great member of the Tigers. I hope he comes home with us one day."

... LSU coach Ed Orgeron on the NFL Hall of Fame acceptance speech on Saturday in Canton, Ohio, by former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae of Leesville. Mawae, an offensive lineman at LSU from 1990-93, is an offensive analyst for Arizona State.

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