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09/11/17 - LSU's Key cleared to play after shoulder surgery...No. 12 LSU is expecting to have All-SEC outside linebacker Arden Key back from injury for its conference opener at Mississippi State on Saturday, coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. Key, who set a school record with 12 sacks last season, underwent offseason shoulder surgery in early June. He was limited through camp and did not play in the Tigers' 2-0 start to the season. "Arden Key has been cleared to play this week," Orgeron said. "He's going to work hard all week in full contact, and we're going to play him as much as we can. We'll see during the week how much he can do." Key, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior, is ranked the fifth-best prospect for the 2018 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. He was widely considered a 2017 preseason All-American after a season that in which he made 56 tackles, including 14.5 for loss. LSU takes on the 2-0 Bulldogs on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in Starkville, Miss. - The Sports Xchange
09/05/17 - OLB Arden Key has not been cleared for contact as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery. He's expected back in the lineup early in the season, but likely not for at least another week.
07/11/17 - 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: DE Arden Key, LSU,...Key is one of six players named to both the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists. Key set the single-season sacks record a year ago with 12. The Atlanta, Georgia, native totaled three PBUs and recovered three fumbles in 2017. - LSU Football
07/10/17 - LSU DE Key (shoulder) to miss start of fall camp...LSU junior Arden Key, who is rated as the top defensive end prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, won't be ready for the start of fall camp, coach Ed Orgeron said to open SEC Media Days on Monday. Key is recovering from a shoulder injury, Orgeron said. Key missed spring practice because of undisclosed personal reasons. "We respect that. He came back, had some work done on his shoulder," Orgeron said. "We don't know when he's going to be back, but we expect him to be back and have a great season. He's in tremendous shape right now." Key, who is listed at 6-foot-5, is up to about 255 to 260 pounds, Orgeron said. Rated the No. 6 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, Key proved to be an immediate difference-maker for LSU. He played in all 12 games as a true freshman and led the Tigers with nine quarterback hurries, along with 41 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and five sacks.
Key was considerably more productive as a sophomore last season, emerging as a verifiable star. He recorded 56 tackles, including 15.5 for loss and 12 sacks, with 11 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. Whether rushing from the three-point stance or standing up, Key possesses the explosive first step to leave tackles in his wake. Unlike most defenders with his length, Key shows excellent balance and flexibility to run the arc, scraping the edge and closing in a flash. LSU players report to camp July 30, with practice starting a day later. - The Sports Xchange
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: DE Arden Key, LSU,...Key is one of six players named to both the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists. Key set the single-season sacks record a year ago with 12. The Atlanta, Georgia, native totaled three PBUs and recovered three fumbles in 2017. - LSU Football
06/07/17 - LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Arden Key, who was the Tigers' top pass-rusher last season, will return from indefinite personal leave to the team Monday. Orgeron also says Key recently had shoulder surgery, adding that "everything went as planned." Key, a junior who has started his first two seasons, set LSU's single-season record for sacks last season with 12 and was named first-team All-SEC. Key enters his third season with 17 career sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 23 games. LSU has not publicly offered specifics on why Key, who remained enrolled in school, left the team for the spring semester. The university has said only that it was a personal matter. - AP College Football
02/17/17 - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers defensive end and sack leader Arden Key is taking a leave of absence from the football program for unspecified personal reasons. Orgeron says the decision was made in consultation with the coaching staff and Key's family. The coach did not specify whether Key's absence from football would extend beyond spring practice and into the regular season next fall. Orgeron says the Tigers fully support Key's decision "and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time." Orgeron is also asking the public to respect Key's privacy. Last season, Key made a team-high 14 ½ tackles for losses, including 12 sacks, and was in on 56 total tackles. - AP Sports
12/19/16 - 2016 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Arden Key, LSU,...A knack for finding his way into the backfield, Key became just the fourth LSU player in program history to register double-digit sacks in a single season, earning 10 as a sophomore with just two more needed to tie the record. He finished the season tied for first in the SEC averaging 1.0 sacks per game which was also sixth nationally, while accounting for 12.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles which were seventh and second in the league, respectively. - LSU Football
10/03/16 - SEPT 26 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Arden Key, DE, LSU...Had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, in LSU's 23-20 win over Mississippi State...Added a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry as the Tigers limited the Bulldogs to 56 rushing yards...As a unit, LSU's defense recorded six sacks and held Mississippi State's leading rusher Nick Fitzgerald to just 13 net yards, nearly 100 yards below his season average...The two sacks ran Key's season total to five, which leads the SEC. - SEC Football