LSU Tigers’ Arik Gilbert would possibly choose out; coach says his ‘physique is hurting’

LSU tight finish Arik Gilbert is contemplating opting out for the rest of the season, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron advised a radio station Tuesday morning.

In an interview with WNXX-FM 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Orgeron stated Gilbert’s “physique is hurting” and that his mom is on the town. Gilbert did not observe Monday forward of Saturday’s recreation at No. 6 Florida (7 p.m. ET/ESPN).

“Arik did discuss to me [Monday],” Orgeron stated. “He is considering opting out for the season. He stated his physique is hurting and he has to get higher. His mom’s on the town and talking with him proper now. I do not know if he is formally introduced it but, however that is the place we’re and what we mentioned yesterday.”

On Monday evening, The Athletic and different media shops reported that Gilbert, the No. 1 tight finish and No. 6 prospect general within the 2020 ESPN 300, was contemplating transferring to a different faculty. He additionally thought-about Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and different packages earlier than signing with LSU.

Orgeron stated if Gilbert decides to choose out, he would welcome him again to the group in 2021.

“If he opts out and he needs to come back again, positively I’ll take him again,” Oregeron stated. “He is an incredible participant and an incredible younger man. I recruited him and we deal with him like household, identical to all people else.”

Gilbert, from Marietta (Georgia) Excessive Faculty, has began every of the eight video games this season. He’s the Tigers’ second main receiver with 35 catches for 368 yards with two touchdowns.

His departure could be one other blow for defending nationwide champion LSU, which is 3-5 after final week’s 55-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama at residence.

Beginning quarterback Myles Brennan has been sidelined with an stomach harm. Star receiver Ja’Marr Chase, security Kary Vincent and defensive lineman Tyler Shelvin opted out earlier than the season, and main receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. left the group earlier than the Alabama recreation.

Orgeron pushed again when he was requested whether or not he had tradition issues inside his program.

“Here is what I’ll let you know: A 12 months in the past we had been the very best group within the nation,” he advised 104.5 ESPN. “We will discover out who’s actually behind us. We will discover out who actually loves the Tigers as a result of we can be champions once more. Wherever you are getting that, I am not shopping for.”

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