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Alabama week has not gotten off to a good start for LSU.
According to multiple reports, Tigers linebacker Michael Divinity is no longer a member of the team. The Athletic,, says the senior’s departure from the program is a disciplinary measure.
It’s a tough loss for LSU. Divinity is in his second season starting at outside linebacker for the top-ranked Tigers, who will travel to Tuscaloosa to play No. 2 Alabama in the biggest game of the season on Saturday.
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LSU, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, has a week to prepare for its next top opponent: Alabama, also undefeated.Don't mention "Alabama" by name is the ploy. Alabama, which is No. 1 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference, hosts LSU, which is No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll, a week from Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. Each team is open this week.
Divinity missed three games earlier this season with what the program said was a “coach’s decision.” He returned to action earlier this month and most recently had five tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack in the team’s win over Auburn on Oct. 26. Divinity began the season playing inside, but transitioned back to an outside spot with Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen starting on the inside for LSU’s 3-4 scheme.
Overall for his LSU career, Divinity compiled 104 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 29 games. He emerged as one of the team’s most consistent performers in 2018 when he totaled 54 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Divinity joins defensive lineman Justin Thomas as defensive contributors to leave the team in recent weeks. Thomas, a junior, left the team for what Ed Orgeron said last week were “personal reasons.”
LSU starting linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. leaves program days before Alabama game
LSU starting linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. is leaving the football program less than a week before the Tigers face No. 1 Alabama in a key SEC game."Michael Divinity has left the team for personal reasons," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Monday morning at his weekly press conference.
With Divinity out of the picture, it’s unclear who may step into his starting spot opposite K’Lavon Chaisson on the LSU defense, though juniors Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton are candidates to see additional time.
With the Alabama game just five days away, it’s a tough time in the season for the Tigers to have to make adjustments.
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Star linebacker Michael Divinity left the team for personal reasons before the Alabama game. After missing two games, he returned to practice Monday.LSU head coach Ed Orgeron told the press this week he shoulders the blame for his Tigers allowing so many points and yards the last two weeks. The other was a 46-41 win over then-No. 3 Alabama.