LSU's best player opting out leading up to Alabama game
Terrace Marshall Jr. had one of his best showings of the 2020 season on Saturday. It may have also been the LSU junior wide receiver’s final game of the year.
According to Jordy Culotta of 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge, Marshall left LSU’s team on Sunday and won’t play again this year, which means he may have opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA has allowed players to opt out at any point during the year.
Marshall had 10 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in LSU’s 20-7 loss to Texas A&M. In seven games, Marshall had 48 catches for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns, all of which were team highs.
It’s been a down season for the Tigers, but Marshall has been an offensive bright spot. And after Saturday’s game, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron even praised Marshall after a mostly tough night for his team’s offense.
“I was really disappointed in our plan, disappointed in our execution,” Orgeron said during Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Look at a guy like Terrace Marshall, look how hard he played. Look at the catches he made. We have to use these guys better. We got to have a better plan.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for LSU in the final two weeks of the regular season. The Tigers are set to host No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, then they travel to take on No. 6 Florida on Dec. 12. Those games could have been a chance for Marshall to impress against tough competition.
Instead, Marshall may have played his final game for LSU. He could forego his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL draft, as he certainly boosted his stock with his strong year.
UPDATE: Marshall has officially announced his decision to opt-out at LSU.