After the season-opening win over BYU, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said there was “a chance” that the Tigers would play every member of its 2017 recruiting class this year.
One month later, has Orgeron followed through?
Although most of the Tigers’ 2017 class has indeed seen the field, in some cases making significant contributions, a few others are still waiting on the sidelines.
Of those 24 signees from February, 22 are still with the team. Offensive tackle Seth Stewart left the program in June, while defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin is ineligible to play in 2017.
As for the rest, here’s how they’ve fared so far; the players are listed alphabetically.
4-star QB Myles Brennan
Up and down. Brennan hasn’t yet started, but he’s played in four games, going 10-of-18 for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Still, he has shown enough to spark calls from some LSU fans to start him in place of incumbent Danny Etling.
3-star FB Tory Carter
Carter has played in four games and started against Syracuse, when a blocked punt gave LSU the football on the Orange 1-yard line for the first offensive snap. He’s also caught two passes.
4-star DE K’Lavon Chaisson
Chaisson has started two games and outperformed junior Arden Key, who was expected to be one of the SEC’s best but has been limited by injuries. Through five games, Chaisson has 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
4-star G Saahdiq Charles
Charles has played in every game, with two starts.
4-star OT Austin Deculus
He has appeared in all five games without starting any. Orgeron said this week that Deculus was making progress but “just not ready yet” for a starting role.
4-star S Grant Delpit
An instant starter in the secondary. Delpit has started all five games and ranks eighth on the team with 18 tackles; he also has three pass breakups.
3-star RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
He quickly won the kickoff-return job, though he hasn’t yet broken a big return – his longest runback is 26 yards. Edwards-Helaire also has seen action at running back behind Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, rushing for 31 yards on eight carries.
4-star DT Neil Farrell
He has played in every game, making five tackles, although he may be best known for his targeting ejection in the loss to Mississippi State.
4-star S Todd Harris Jr.
Harris has played each game, but with Delpit quickly established at one safety spot, space for an immediate breakthrough is limited. He has three tackles.
4-star G Ed Ingram
That wait didn’t take long: He’s played in all five games and started the past four at right guard.
3-star WR Justin Jefferson
Jefferson played the Tigers’ first two games but hasn’t registered any statistics.
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