LSU's Kary Vincent Jr. opts out of season; Tigers to host Miss. St. in opener on Sept. 26

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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LSU cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. (5) breaks up a pass intended for Texas wide receiver Brennan Eagles (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BATON ROUGE - LSU has lost a second football player for the 2020 season for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior starting cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. of Houston announced on Twitter Monday that he would be opting out of the season to get ready for the 2021 NFL Draft.

LSU's season is scheduled to start on Saturday, Sept. 26, against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday afternoon.

But the season could be classified as questionable amid a rash of season cancellations by many conferences around the nation because of the pandemic, including the Big Ten and Pac-12 of the Power Five leagues.

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The rest of LSU's and the SEC schedule dates will be announced at 6 p.m. Monday on the SEC Network. Kickoff times and television information will be announced at later dates.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12 are the other Power Five conferences that have not canceled the season yet along with the SEC.

"With thoughtful prayer and lengthy discussions with my family, we feel that it is in my best interest to opt out of my final year at LSU and begin training for the NFL Combine," Vincent tweeted.

Vincent, who would have to be invited to the NFL Combine next February, is projected to be picked in the second or third round at best. He started nine games last year as a fifth defensive back, or nickel back, as the Tigers won the national championship with a 15-0 record in 2019-20. He started seven games in 2018 and three in 2017 as a freshman.

"I have worked long and hard for the opportunity to play in the NFL," Vincent said. "I'm humbled and excited about attacking this next challenge with humility, integrity, and dignity. I will always be Forever LSU."

Vincent (5-foot-10, 181 pounds) was also a sprinter on the LSU track team.

LSU senior defensive end Neil Farrell Jr. of Mobile, Alabama, opted out of the 2020 season on Aug. 8 after family members had been diagnosed with COVID-19. He plans to return for the 2021 season, and would be considered a senior that season as the NCAA will be issuing extra seasons for players who opt out because of the pandemic. 

The Tigers began practice for the 2020 season on Monday.

The complete opening Saturday of SEC football on Sept 26 follows:

-Mississippi State at LSU

-Alabama at Missouri

-Florida at Ole Miss

-Georgia at Arkansas

-Kentucky at Auburn

-Tennessee at South Carolina

-Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

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