Position: Defensive End
Size: 6-foot-6, 238-pounds
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: Hapeville Charter Academy
Arden Key committed to the Tigers late in the recruiting process. The hiring of Ed Orgeron paid off dividends for LSU, which was one of the reasons Key turned offers from Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss and the hometown Georgia Bulldogs.
Key was a starter from day one. The lanky 6-foot-6, 238-pound defensive lineman played in all 12 games last season and racking up 5.0 sacks and earned a spot on the SEC-All American team.
Opposite side of defensive end Lewis Neal, Key was able to disrupt quarterbacks with a team-high nine quarterback hurries. He also collected 41 tackles, with 6.5 tackles for loss.
The first year of college football always brings along rookie mistakes and that’s how Key feels. When the Atlanta, Georgia native looked back on the game film of last season Key noticed a few sacks that he didn’t make.
“I actually went back and watched the games and I missed a lot of sacks,” Key said. “So this year we’re going to get that. The ones we missed, trust me, we’re going to get them.”
Key will shift from putting his hand on the ground most of the game, to standing up and working in pass coverage. His responsibilities will widen, but his full potential could get put to use by Dave Aranda’s new scheme.
From time to time, Key will still “set the edge” from the three technique, but his new role will keep the offense guessing.
“I get to drop and when don’t expect me to rush,” Key said. “I can rush and get up on you. If you expect me to rush then I’m going to drop. It’s a good guessing game.”
Key recently set a goal of 20 sacks on the season in an effort to be known as the greatest pass rusher in college football history, he said. We'll see if he can get there.