LSU is preparing for its matchup with Alabama this weekend without one of its top players as Terrace Marshall Jr. has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season.
Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said the team wished him the best.
“He's going to have a great career in the NFL,” Orgeron said. “Always going to be a great Tiger. He did a lot of things for us. He just thought this was the time to opt out. We're going to respect his decision and wish him the best. “
Orgeron said the junior wide receiver informed him of the decision Sunday.
“Terrace and I have a great relationship. I played with his uncle, Joe Delaney. We talk about Joe all the time,” he said. “It was a little bit different between me and Terrace, almost like family. He came and talked to me like a man. He told me his decision. I respected his decision.
“Yes, this is a different time. Like Ja'Marr Chase opting out, Terrace Marshall, two of the best receivers in the country. Tyler Shelvin. Something you got to deal with, next man up. We got a lot of young guys that get to play now. They're excited. I think this is going to help us in the future.”
With Marshall out, Orgeron said he expects several of the Tigers younger receivers to step up.
“I like to get Arik Gilbert the ball more,” Orgeron said. “I think he is an outstanding player. We can move him out to receiver position.
“Jontre Kirkland is sitting in the wings. Hopefully we can get Tre Palmer back. We have two great young receivers in Kayshon Boutte and Koy Moore. We have a lot of guys that are hungry to catch the ball. I think the next man up is going to prove they're very good receivers.”