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Five LSU Players Back for Crucial Showdown at Auburn

It’s going to take a full team effort for No. 12 LSU to knock off host No. 7 Auburn on Saturday.

That’s why the return of these five players is surely welcomed news.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced on Monday left tackle Saahdiq Charles, F-linebacker Michael Divinity, defensive tackle Ed Alexander, cornerback Jontre Kirklin and fullback Tory Carter are back this week for the big-time SEC clash.

The players served a one-game suspension for LSU’s 31-0 shutout vs. Southeastern Louisiana, according to NOLA.com. NOLA.com reports that the players weren’t on the sidelines and Divinity was seen in the stands before the game.

Orgeron said the departure of Charles was the most felt loss of the suspended players in the rout.

“Obviously, we missed Saahdiq, and I think that would be the biggest one we missed out there,” Orgeron said.

Charles should reinvigorate an LSU offensive line which didn’t perform to its expectations vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Austin Deculus filled the void at left tackle but will return to right tackle to vie with Badara Traore for the starting position.

LSU were without two tackles in Week 2 with Charles serving suspension and Adrian Magee’s injury. Magee injured his knee vs. Miami and was projected to miss 2-3 weeks.

LSU began last week’s game with three linebackers due to Divinity’s absence but could start four vs. Auburn.

Tyler Shelvin made his first appearance at backup nose tackle due to Alexander not playing. Fullback Trey Gallman, replacing Carter, made a nice block to spring Nick Brossette for a long run in the third quarter.

Jacob Phillips, who was ejected for targeting last week in the second quarter, will also return vs. Auburn.

LSU leads the all-time series 29-22-1 vs. Auburn and won last year’s meeting 27-23 in Baton Rouge.