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Ed Orgeron: LSU edge rusher Arden Key still ‘questionable,’ while LT KJ Malone ‘walking around’

November 16, 2017 GMT

Edge rusher Arden Key remains “questionable” for this week’s game against Tennessee, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday on his radio show, and left tackle KJ Malone is progressing.

Key, the Tigers’ junior All-American, has missed the first three days of practice this week while nursing a knee he injured in last week’s win over Arkansas. Malone has not practiced or played since injuring his left knee against Florida, but Orgeron left open the possibility that Malone could return for the regular season finale against Texas A&M.

“KJ Malone is questionable. I don’t know what’s going to happen with him next week, but he’s walking around looking better,” Orgeron said.

Malone was spotted on crutches during the game against Auburn, a week after his injury. He was off crutches while walking the sideline during the game against Arkansas.

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Orgeron again lamented his field goal kicking. Connor Culp had made eight straight field goals before missing a 32-yarder and back-to-back extra-points against Arkansas. “Connor’s done a good job. Thought our field goal problems were gone. ... Going to keep (competition) open. Connor had a bad day. Can’t have another bad day.”

Orgeron said the Tigers’ staff watched some of UT interim coach Brady Hoke’s teams at Michigan to prepare for possible changes he implements: “Went back and looked at some Michigan film, types of blitzes they do. Great zone blitz team, some stuff they did on special teams. They may employ it, may not.”

A live questioner congratulated Orgeron on the turnaround this season, citing the Florida win, the first of three straight victories for the Tigers. LSU won 17-16 after Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro missed the first extra-point of his career. Said Orgeron: “When that field goal kicker missed that extra-point, it changed our season.”

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