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Time to say goodbye? Ed Orgeron expects Derrius Guice, Arden Key to turn pro early

Derrius Guice

Get ready, LSU fans: Saturday might be the last chance to watch Derrius Guice and Arden Key take the field at Tiger Stadium.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron already believes so.

He told reporters this week said that he assumes both will head for the NFL draft after the season.

Orgeron said the two have not formally confirmed those plans, but in light of their draft projections as first-round candidates, it appears logical that Guice and Key would head for the NFL.

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If both indeed announce their plans to head for the pro ranks after Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, it will be a painful goodbye for many fans. In their three seasons in Baton Rouge, both have delivered a lot of highlights.

Guice has rushed for 2,849 yards and scored 28 touchdowns during his Tigers career, and he’s on the verge of overtaking Harvey Williams for fifth place on the school’s career rushing list. He should end his career as LSU’s No. 5 rusher, trailing Kevin Faulk, Dalton Hilliard, Charles Alexander and Leonard Fournette.

By reaching the 1,000-yard mark last week, Guice also gave LSU a fifth consecutive season with a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in school history.

Key, though limited for much of 2017 by shoulder and knee injuries, has 130 tackles, 24 sacks and four forced fumbles while playing for LSU.

It’s not yet certain whether Key will be available for the game against the Aggies. He missed last week’s game against Tennessee because of a knee injury, and Orgeron described Key’s status as “questionable” during his Monday news conference.

Those might not be the only early departures. Orgeron has said earlier this season that he expects to lose cornerbacks and offensive linemen to the draft as well.

The Tigers close the regular season against the Aggies on Saturday, with a bowl game to come. LSU has won five of its past six games since a 24-21 loss to Troy on September 30.

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