No Arden Key, but K’Lavon Chaisson “dominant” in LSU’s first scrimmage

August 07, 2017 - 12:10 pm

By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

All-American edge rusher Arden Key remained confined to the sidelines as LSU went through its first ‘preseason game’ on Saturday afternoon.

Key has participated in some non-contact drills under the watchful eye of LSU coach Ed Orgeron throughout the first week of training camp, but he spent Saturday’s scrimmage playing the role of spectator.

“He cheered a lot,” Orgeron joked, asked for an update on Key. “I will say this, he does some walk-through stuff. He doesn’t do any contact. Does some drills with me. Looks fantastic.”

Orgeron wasn’t sure when Key would be a full participant in camp. While he continues to work his way back, LSU has rotated four players in at the ‘Buck’ linebacker positioned he normally mans: Ray Thornton, K’Lavon Chaisson, Andre Anthony and Sci Martin.

Of that group, it’s Chaisson, the five-star signee out of Texas, who has drawn the most effusive praise from Orgeron through week one of training camp.

“K’Lavon Chaisson has been dominant,” Orgeron said. “Just a dominant player. He runs around. He’s a great kid, very humble … Extremely quick. He’s exactly the type of player we thought he was in recruiting, but more physical.”

According to Orgeron, he had three tackles, three tackles for loss, on sack and four hurries in Saturday’s scrimmage.


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