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With LSU linebackers Arden Key, Donnie Alexander, and Corey Thompson officially out for the Citrus Bowl, head coach Ed Orgeron will look to true freshmen K’Lavon Chaisson and Tyler Taylor along with sophomore Michael Divinity to step up in their place.

Here's what Orgeron said about the defensive group during Wednesday's presser:

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bapple74 months
Key just seemed to give up as a team player this year. I also found it bizarre that he never did interviews. He got the red carpet treatment yet abandoned the team for the offseason and came back as a porker without keeping up his conditioning. He is definitely not the Key of last year. The young guys will step up. Geaux tigers.
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TigerSpray74 months
Nobody better burn a redshirt over scaredy cats.
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ready4something74 months
LOL,,,,,I knew key would not play or be back. Thompson and Alexander are head scratchers....are they injured?
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Vernonbrew2274 months
Saving their bodies for millions
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ready4something74 months
LOL,,,,,I knew key would not play or be back. Thompson and Alexander are head scratchers....are they injured?
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ImayGoLesMiles74 months
All 3 of the young guys starting in the bowl game have played quite a bit this season. Not only have they played, but have contributed ln defense this entire season in big games. I expect them to step in and play well. It's not like we have 3 guys that have no experience at all stepping in and starting. They will show up and play like tigers. They have to know the great opportunity they have in this game to make a statement for next season. I think divinity will surprise some people against nd, hes a really good lb...they all are really.
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ByUselves74 months
Their time to shine. They came to LSU to play big boy football and they have been doing it all year. They should be ready.
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ThaFreakyRobber74 months
kinda nervous when i heard KEY wasn't playing
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sardog1274 months
Why? He has only played 2-3 games. The rest he was jogging around the field to try to lose the extra weight. He was definitely not the Key of last year; Chaisson was.
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HoustonGumbeauxGuy74 months
true freshman with an opportunity to shine against Notre Dame? You can bet your bottom dollar they are going to play their asses off
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chadr0774 months
No Jacob Phillips?
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ByUselves74 months
Phillips was passed by Taylor early on.
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KING NOLA74 months
LB Tyler Taylor didn't pass LB Jacob PHillips Taylor backed up LB Donnie Alexander and Phillips backed up LB Devin White. Alexander was often injured and White wasn't that's why you saw more of Taylor than Phillips.
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Lexman174 months
I’m good with that!
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Barbellthor74 months
If this is second string, I’m not that concerned.
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BlackTiger8974 months
Two out of three should be starters next year a great full game against a great O-line should propel their confidence into the spring!!!
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Bayou_Tiger_22574 months
I would think all 3 start next year.
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Old74 months
hells coming to breakfast
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xGeauxLSUx74 months
Next man up!
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Vernonbrew2274 months
White needs 13 tackles, 3 TFL Defense
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