The injury bug continued to munch on the LSU Football team for the third day in a row on Wednesday with reports that senior linebacker Corey Thompson suffered a leg fracture of some kind, that is expected to sideline him for at least six weeks. Senior defensive end Christian LaCouture and sophomore Buck linebacker Isiah Washington both suffered season-ending knee injuries earlier this week.
Thompson, a former safety that has battled injuries for most of his career and was converted to linebacker in the spring, was competing to start at the “F-” outside linebacker position in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 defense. He’d bulked up well north of the 220-pound mark, and at a minimum would certainly have a role in the nickel/dime sub-packages.
So this is a blow to LSU’s defense for sure. Tashawn Bower and freshmen Michael Divinity and Rahssan Thornton were competing at the position, along with Thompson. Bower, a former defensive end, will likely have a role in base defense, and maybe in some pass-rush packages, but wasn’t likely to spend too much time in space, something that the F-linebacker will be called on to do quite a bit on the field side of the defense.
Thornton (who has reportedly been incredibly impressive in summer workouts) and Divinity were both big-time recruits, and they were almost certainly getting on the field one way or another this season. But now, Aranda and Bradley Dale Peveto will have to have one of them ready for the season opener in 24 days.