LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Wednesday, during his appearance on the SEC weekly coaches teleconference, that true freshman wide receiver Malik Nabers will miss the Tigers’ season-opener against UCLA on Saturday.
Additionally, Orgeron said it could be a “couple of games” before Nabers returns to action.
“Malik will not be able to play,” Orgeron said during the first SEC coaches’ teleconference of the new season. “I don’t know if Malik will play until a couple games into the season. He’s definitely gonna be out for UCLA.”
Nabers, who was rated as the No. 40 wide receiver in the 2021 recruiting class, was having a fantastic fall camp. There was an expectation that Nabers would contribute early in the season for the Tigers.
Fortunately for LSU, the program has plenty of depth at wide receiver. The absence of Nabers shouldn’t impact the TIgers’ ability to beat UCLA this week.
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Pretty much everyone will be ready to go for LSU this weekend.
According to Coach O, only “two or three guys” will be unavailable for LSU against UCLA.
Stud cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr and Eli Ricks, who have been limited during camp, are expected to be fine for the matchup.
247Sports’ Billy Embody reported on Wednesday that true freshman offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger, a former four-star recruit from Michigan, is questionable this weekend, even though he returned to practice this week. Dellinger has been dealing with a shoulder injury.
LSU will hope to stay healthy this weekend. After traveling to Los Angeles to play UCLA in week one, the Tigers will return to Baton Rouge to host McNeese State on September 11.
A home matchup with Central Michigan follows on September 18, before the Tigers open SEC play against Mississippi State in Starkville on September 25.