BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team had a surprise visitor for its final practice before spring break: Arden Key.
The junior outside linebacker has been gone this spring on a “personal leave of absence,” but was back in Baton Rouge to watch the Tigers’ Thursday scrimmage.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron declined to comment on Key’s presence or his exact timetable for return.
However, it wasn’t exactly a secret — Key was dressed in sweats in front of the LSU football facility with his teammates after they walked back from Tiger Stadium.
Key also took to Twitter for the first time since Feb. 8.
255 & ready! ?? pic.twitter.com/znLqgPDNCm
— Arden Key (@ArdenKey49) April 6, 2017
Key is the top returning player on LSU’s defense. He broke the Tigers’ single-season sack record with 12 as a sophomore. He also led the Tigers with 14.5 tackles for loss and had 11 credited quarterback hurries.
Younger players such as Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton have seen the majority of reps at Key’s position in his absence this spring.