LSU star Maason Smith set for season debut vs. Grambling

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By Calvin S. Nelson

LSU star defensive deal with Maason Smith is predicted to play his first sport in additional than a yr Saturday in opposition to Grambling.

LSU coach Brian Kelly stated Wednesday that the objective is for Smith to mess around 30 snaps within the Tigers’ dwelling opener.

Smith, who was named to the Freshman All-SEC crew in 2021, has been working his means again from a season-ending knee harm he suffered throughout final yr’s Week 1 sport in opposition to Florida State. He was suspended for final Saturday’s season-opener in opposition to the Seminoles after the NCAA decided he obtained an improper profit, in accordance with The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.

LSU misplaced to Florida State 45-24 in Orlando and dropped from No. 5 to 14 within the Related Press Ballot.

Lacking Smith’s 6-foot-6, 315-pound body in the course of the protection, the Tigers gave up 135 yards dashing and had no sacks.

“This can be a whole failure from a training standpoint and a participant standpoint that we have now to clearly tackle and we have now to personal,” Kelly stated after the loss. “I do know adversity is at all times going to strike at a while on this sport, and that is our first actual piece of adversity that we have now to deal with. I am assured our guys and our coaches will rally within the method that they should.”

LSU will open SEC play with a visit to Mississippi State on Sept. 16.

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