LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton will not participate in the Fiesta Bowl and his status for spring football is up in the air due to a foot injury he will need surgery on, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said on a teleconference Sunday.
Fulton suffered the injury Nov. 10 against Arkansas and has not seen the field since.
“His status won’t be known for spring ball yet,” Orgeron said. “I need to check and see how he’ll recuperate from his operations.”
Fulton started 10 games for the Tigers in which he tallied 25 tackles an interception and nine pass breakups before going down.
Still room to improve
Earning a spot in a New Years Six bowl also earned the Tigers some extra time to practice before the end of the season.
With some athletes like Fulton and Breiden Fehoko hurt and others expected to consider skipping out on the game ahead of the NFL Draft, LSU will look to some younger guys to step up against the Knights.
Orgeron said the Fiesta Bowl will give the Tigers an opportunity to tweak some things on offense as well as prepare some of his younger athletes for the 2019-20 season.
“We have some different things that we want to do on offense,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to implement them during the 15 practices. We have some things on defense we need to get better at.
“This is going to be a tremendous bowl preparation, not only to prepare for UCF, but also to have a couple things just working on the LSU Tigers to get better.”
Not Orgeron’s first Fiesta
LSU has never played in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Tigers are the first team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the game since Tennessee in 2000.
But while working as a defensive line coach at Syracuse when the Orange played Kansas State on Dec. 31, 1997.
Apparently, Orgeron’s wife Kelly Orgeron was pregnant with twins Parker and Cody Orgeron at the time of the game.
“It’s a wonderful bowl,” Orgeron said of the Fiesta Bowl. “It’s one of the top bowls I’ve ever been to. It’s a beautiful place with lots of things to do. Great sunshine, great people, great eating, and I know there’s some good partying that some LSU people are going to love to participate in.”