LSU star Arden Key taking time away from football for ‘personal reasons’

Arden Key
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LSU defensive end/outside linebacker Arden Key, who would be the Tigers’ best defensive player in 2017, is taking some time away from football, the school announced Wednesday.

There is no timetable for 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. “We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time.”

LSU said there would be no further comment on the matter and that Key’s privacy should be respected because this is a personal matter.

Arden Key Sr. told The Advocate of Baton Rouge that his son was “fine” and healthy, and the Advocate also reported that a source confirmed that Key remains enrolled in school.

Key, a junior-to-be from the Atlanta area, was second in the SEC with 12 sacks in 2016 as he thrived in new coordinator Dave Aranda’s scheme. He was scheduled to be one of the top three or four edge rushers nationally in 2017.

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