LSU Football: Tigers are losing a starter, but it’s not a total surprise

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LSU football will likely be without one of its expected offensive line starters this season.

Rivals reported on Monday that offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal is expected to “request entry” to the NCAA transfer portal this week.

Rosenthal is a former four-star recruit who signed with the Tigers during the 2018 recruiting cycle.

The Louisiana native was ranked as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country in 2018. He moved to the offensive side of the ball after his freshman season.

Why LSU football is losing Dare Rosenthal; and why it’s not a surprise

According to the report from Rivals, Rosenthal is looking to enter the transfer portal due to a violation of school policies that is “likely to cost him ample time in the 2021 season” (if he were to remain at LSU).

Unfortunately, this isn’t a total surprise.

Rosenthal was suspended indefinitely from the team in mid-October last season. He was reinstated to the team in mid-November.

At the time, Orgeron said the reason for Rosenthal’s suspension would be “kept in-house”.

While Rosenthal hitting the portal isn’t a shock, it’s still going to hurt the Tigers’ offensive line depth.

Rosenthal is an extremely talented player. In fact, Orgeron has said before that he believes Rosenthal had the potential to develop in a first-round NFL draft pick.

Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for Rosenthal. Even if it’s not at LSU, we’ll still be rooting for the talented offensive lineman to have future success (let’s just hope it’s not against LSU).

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With Rosenthal likely gone, the Tigers are expected to return four offensive line starters from the 2020 season.

LSU will kick off the 2021 season on the road against UCLA on September 4.