Will Ed Orgeron and the LSU football program even have enough players to field a team when they play Mississippi State later this month? Because a new suspension to defensive Ray Parker is pretty much begging the question.
According to WAFB9, Parker has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The reason behind the suspension is unknown at this time.
Parker redshirted his freshman season last year. But with all of the departures via graduation, the NFL draft, transfers and opt-outs, there was a good chance he would get playing time in 2020.
Coming out of Ruston High School in 2019, Ray Parker was a four-star prospect and the No. 154 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. Initially projected as an offensive tackle, he was the No. 14 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Louisiana.
News: LSU just announced defensive end Ray Parker has been suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of team rules.
Parker redshirted last fall for the Tigers.
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 9, 2020
The 2020 LSU football team will be almost unrecognizable from the one that won a national title just eight months ago.
Gone are starting Heisman winner Joe Burrow, leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire, leading receiver Ja’Marr Chase, leading pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, star safety Grant Delpit and leading tackler Jacob Phillips.
It’s not just players who have left either. Passing game coordinator Joe Brady and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have both moved on to greener pastures.
With all of those losses at every critical position, it’s nigh impossible to project how this team will look in 2020.