LSU football went through summer workouts without defensive end signee Arden Key from Georgia.
But, after clearing a transcript hurdle with the NCAA, Key arrived on the bayou earlier this week and took part in the veterans' opening practice Thursday morning.
The longtime South Carolina commit has bulked up, training with his father all summer while away from the LSU program. That, plus the fact the Tigers have two starting end spots open, has led head coach Miles to set the bar high for Key in his debut season.
"He looks to be in great shape," Miles said. "He's 240 pounds, up from 217. Strong, fast guy that will play a lot of snaps as a true freshman ... He’s bigger and stronger than he was. He was skinny before. It’ll be interesting to see if he can do the things we ask him to do at a high level. If he can do that, he’ll play a lot of football."
Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron spent an awful lot of time with Key in LSU's first practice today, covering technique and giving encouragement to a player that will certainly factor in as a pass rusher on third downs.
The only question that remains: Can a stronger, heavier Key push for starter's minutes with the likes of Tashawn Bower, Lewis Neal, Deondre Clark and Sione Teuhema around?