Patrick Queen passed with flying colors last week. Now, he’s going to get more reps as a result.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound sophomore, who is a former backup inside linebacker, impressed the LSU coaching staff at outside linebacker in the 42-10 rout vs. Rice.
Prior to last week, Queen was a rotational player behind starter Devin White until switching to field-side linebacker days before the Rice game.
Queen responded to the switch by posting a career-high five tackles and doing his part on the edge as LSU held Rice to 198 yards total.
The reward will be extra opportunities to impress in the regular season finale at Texas A&M (7-4) as LSU (9-2) looks to earn their 10th victory.
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“He did some good things,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said to The Advocate. “He’s getting used to it. It’s different when you’ve been a stack linebacker. When you’re on the line of scrimmage, everything’s a lot quicker. He needs to use his hands a little bit better, but I think he provided some rush. He did some good things, he made some mistakes. But I think that you’re going to see him there.”
LSU has patched together nicely after the season-ending knee injury to pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson in Game 1 vs. Miami.
Field-side outside linebacker Michael Divinity and strong safety Grant Delpit are tops for LSU with five sacks apiece.
Orgeron believes the athletic Queen can help slow down dynamic Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, who ranks fourth in the SEC at the position with 347 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
“(Queen’s) instincts and be able to react in space, be able to know when to play the quarterback, when to play the pitch — these guys run the speed option, (and) I think that is going to do him well,” Orgeron said to The Advocate. “Again, the point of contact, he’s a lot quicker and he needs to use his hands better, but once he gets that done I think he’s going to be a good outside linebacker for us.”