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Sione Teuhema Transfers to Southeastern

Would-be junior pass-rusher has departed the program.

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Sometimes something isn’t news so much as “news to us,” and this falls in that category — junior defensive end/outside linebacker Sione Teuhema has left the LSU program and signed up down I-12 with Ron Roberts and the Southeastern Lions.

Teuhema was absent when LSU updated the football roster with the incoming freshman numbers a few weeks back, and was suspended this spring. So its hard to say this is all that much of a surprise — even Miles’ statement at the time indicates that a return to the team was up in the air.

It’s a shame from a talent standpoint, because Teuhema seemed like the type of explosive end that could maybe transition to outside linebacker in Dave Aranda’s defense, but the reality is that he was already behind a pair of younger players at the “Buck” linebacker position in sophomores Arden Key and Isaiah Washington. So it’s not much of an impact in terms of actual depth.

Having Sione right down the road is probably a good thing for sophomore offensive lineman Maea Teuhema, just from a comfort standpoint. The two brothers will still see each other fairly regularly, even if they aren’t on the same team. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if the LSU staff helped facilitate the local transfer for that reason.