By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Corey Thompson’s 2016 season is likely over before it even began.
LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the outside linebacker will redshirt this season and apply to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. The fifth-year senior has been out since suffering a broken leg early in fall camp.
Thompson actually returned to practice last week and was a full participant during Tuesday’s practice, but Orgeron indicated the decision for Thompson to sit out the season has been made.
“I think he’s going to redshirt,” the coach said. “I think he’s going to redshirt and that decision has been made, just final the other day. I don’t think I’m talking out of hand, but I think that’s what’s going to happen.”
Staying along the injury front, Orgeron provided details on why a trio of starters missed practice Tuesday:
– Fullback J.D. Moore has a cervical sprain
– Tight end Colin Jeter has a sprained wrist
-Wide receiver D.J. Chark has a sprained finger
LSU spent most of Tuesday’s practice working on fundamentals and “mixed in a little bit of Alabama” preparation, Orgeron said. That didn’t keep most of Tuesday evening’s post-practice presser from centering on the top-ranked Tide.
Here’s a few thoughts from Orgeron on Alabama with a week and half to go before the top-20 showdown at Tiger Stadium.
– Orgeron on Alabama QB Jalen Hurts: “He’s physical. He’s like a wildcat quarterback … He runs like a big tailback.”
– Orgeron on Alabama’s streak of scoring non-offensive touchdowns in 10 consecutive games, including 12 in eight games this season: “”We’re going to have to take care of the ball. That’s No. 1 on our list … “They grind and they grind and they grind, and you make a mistake and they capitalize … It’s going to be like a heavyweight fight.”