BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU coach Ed Orgeron allowed a small possibility during his Monday press conference that the Tigers would be without their two best players in their season opener against BYU.
Defensive end/outside linebacker Arden Key definitely has been ruled out for the game, which comes as little surprise since he has yet to participate in full-contact drills as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
But Orgeron also said that there is no guarantee running back Derrius Guice will play against BYU, though the odds of Guice missing the game seem quite slim.
“We expect to ease him into practice. We’ll see how this week goes,” Orgeron said. “Do I expect Derrius to play? Yes. Am I 100 percent sure right now? No. I have to see how he practices this week.”
Guice sat out of practice last week with an injury that Orgeron would not disclose. Based on Guice’s social media posts, he had his wisdom teeth removed last week.
“Yes, Derrius was out last week with an injury,” Orgeron coyly responded when asked if Guice’s teeth were the issue. “He’ll be back with us today.”
Of greater concern right now for the Tigers is the fact no one actually knows where the game will be played. BYU and LSU are supposed to meet at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Saturday, but the devastation of Hurricane Harvey will force it to be moved to a new location.
As of Monday afternoon, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva confirmed that several options were still on the table but none have been decided upon. ESPN is in charge of scheduling the game, but is consulting with BYU and LSU on the matter.
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