By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
HOOVER, Ala. — LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced that the Tigers will report for camp on July 30 and begin practice one day later.
Star edge rusher Arden Key won’t be on the field that day.
Orgeron told reports Monday that the single-season record holder for sacks won’t be ready as LSU opens fall camp in a few weeks. LSU announced Key underwent shoulder surgery before rejoining the program this summer.
“We won’t know nothing for a while there,” Oregon said. “It’s going to be a rehab assignment that’s going to take some time. We don’t have a time limit on it, but as far as everything we’re hearing, he’s going to be fine.”
As far as a timetable, Orgeron didn’t rule anything out. Key could play in LSU’s season opener, the coach said, but he didn’t feel that Key would be held out until the start of Southeastern Conference play.
“If he’s ready for the first game, he’s ready,” Orgeron said. “If he’s not, he’s not. It’s going to be week-by-week if he’s ready or not.”
On the other side of the ball, LSU quarterback Danny Etling looks close to 100 percent and is expected to be ready for the start of camp, Orgeron said.
The coach hasn’t seen his senior signal caller throw since he was medically cleared (back surgery), as such contact is prohibited during the summer.
However, if the season started today, Orgeron said on the main ballroom podium that the senior would be LSU’s starter if the season began today, though the quarterback competition will remain ongoing heading into fall camp.
As for defensive lineman Tyler Shelvin, the lone member of LSU’s 2017 signing class who hasn’t enrolled, Oregon said the Lafayette native remained on track to join the team this fall, though it might not be by the start of camp.