Back for another run: Greg Brooks Jr. will return to LSU for another season in 2023

LSU defensive back Greg Brooks Jr. (3) was part of one of the most dominating defensive performances in school history in Saturday's 38-0 win over New Mexico. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

LSU’s football team for 2023 received boosts on the offensive side with the returns of quarterback Jayden Daniels and wide receiver Kayshon Boutte.

Now it’s the defenses turn to benefit from the return of an experienced senior player when defensive back Greg Brooks Jr. announced his intentions to be part of next year’s Tigers.

“This year didn’t end the way we wanted or expected, but it was part of the process of building a foundation,” Brooks wrote on his Twitter page. “Normally, this is where you hear the part about moving on to the next chapter, but I believe my story in Baton Rouge is not over. I will continue this path to greatness at LSU for one more year. I want to close this chapter the right way alongside my brothers and Tiger Nation.”

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Brooks, a New Orleans native who spent the first three years of his career at Arkansas, returned to his home state and played in every game of the 2022 season for LSU’s 9-4 team that won the SEC Western Division. The Tigers face Purdue on Jan. 2 at noon in the Citrus Bowl.

The West Jefferson High graduate displayed his versatility by playing both the nickel and safety positions, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 61. He also defensed four passes and had a key interception return for a touchdown in a 21-17 win at Auburn.

During his career, Brooks has started in 43 of 47 games with 187 tackles, 7 ½ tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, 16 passes defensed and five interceptions.

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