LSU edge rusher Arden Key is expected to play about 30 snaps in the Tigers’ SEC opener at Mississippi State on Saturday, according to ESPN College Gameday host Desmond Howard.
During a segment previewing the game, Howard said the Gameday crew was told Key is expected to have the roughly-set snap count put on him in his first appearance this season since coming back from shoulder surgery in May.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron previously said Key would start this weekend and that Key was ”a little rusty,” but never gave any specifics on how much the junior would play.
“He was a little rusty yesterday,” Orgeron said on Wednesday. “Got all the reps with the first team. His football condition is not what we want it to be right now. I think he’s going to get there. We’re going to have to rotate him in the game. He cannot play a whole game right now.”
Key broke LSU’s single-season sack record last season with 12 sacks as a sophomore on top of his 56 total tackles. He also had 11 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.
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