LSU defensive end Arden Key is stepping away from the football field indefinitely.
The reason for his departure from the team, and the length of time he’ll be away from the team, are not immediately known.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron cited personal reasons for Key’s absence from the team, and assured that Key would have a spot on the team waiting for him upon his return.
“In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from football for personal reasons,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement released on Wednesday. “We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time.”
The release stated that Orgeron and Key will have “no further comment on the matter” and that Orgeron asks that “fans and members of the media respect the privacy of Key as this is a personal matter.”
According to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, Arden Key Sr. said Wednesday that his son was “fine” and healthy.
The talented pass rusher is considered by many as the top returning defender in the SEC.
Key registered 12 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and 56 total tackles through 11 games in 2016.