BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team didn’t escape its spring schedule unscathed.
After landing awkwardly on his shoulder in the Tigers’ annual spring game on Saturday, sophomore safety Grant Delpit announced on Twitter Sunday that he’ll be having surgery for the injury on Monday. After the game, LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the injury was in Delpit’s shoulder, but didn’t expand any further.
I appreciate all of the support & well wishes! Surgery tomorrow, I’ll be back soon ready to work!
— Grant Delpit (@showtime9_) April 22, 2018
Delpit sustained the injury on Saturday after jumping to break up a deep pass thrown by quarterback Lowell Narcisse. Delpit landed awkwardly, coming down on his elbow in a way that looked to jam his shoulder. The injury was immediately evident, as trainers and coaches circled around him as soon as the play was over. Delpit did not return to the game after the injury.
As a freshman in 2017, Delpit played in all 13 of LSU’s games and started 10 of them. He amassed 60 tackles, 3.5 for loss, with 8 pass breakups, an interception and a quarterback hurry. He is expected to return as a starter in 2018 alongside senior John Battle, who notched an interception in the spring game on Saturday.
If Delpit is unable to play, the Tigers are at least deep at safety. A potential starter at nickelback, Eric Monroe seems the most likely player to fill in for Delpit if his injury lags into the season. Monroe made one start and played in 13 games in 2017, logging 14 tackles with 2 pass breakups.
Behind Monroe, LSU also has sophomores Todd Harris and JaCoby Stevens, as well as senior Ed Paris. Paris is recovering from an ACL injury that forced him to take a medical redshirt season in 2017. Stevens, a former 5-star recruit, did not participate in the spring game on Saturday.
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