Coming off a strong showing in Week 1, the LSU defense will unfortunately have to carry on without one of its key cogs.
Starting linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson sustained a season-ending ACL injury in LSU’s 33-17 victory against Miami according to USA Today.
The 6-foot-4, 238-pound sophomore recorded five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry prior to exiting the game in the fourth quarter.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the disappointing news in a media session on Tuesday.
“One of the bad things about the game was we’ve lost K’Lavon for the year,” Orgeron said. “I just met with K’Lavon and talked to his grandmother. I feel bad for him. He’s a great young man who had totally dedicated himself to this year. But he is going to get through this. This will pass for him, and he will have a great career. I know his teammates are very sad. But we’ve got to step up, and guys will step up at that position.”
Chaisson amassed 27 tackles, 2 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss en route to being selected to the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team.
Thanks to everyone who sent out thoughts and prayers! It’s a tough thing to handle but I’m surely not alone. I ask that you keep sending blessings and prayers my way as we trust in the Lord and his plan. See y’all next season! #GodsPlan #4ourLoko🦍 pic.twitter.com/q0okftiiCA
— K’Lavon Chaisson (@WhosThatGuy4) September 4, 2018
Orgeron cited Andre Anthony, Ray Thornton, Travez Moore and Jarell Cherry as the candidates to take Chaisson’s place in the lineup.
In other injury news, starting right tackle Adrian Magee is out 2-3 weeks with a leg injury that occurred in the first quarter vs. Miami.
Junior college transfer Badara Traore admirably filled the void and earned praise after the game from Orgeron.