Arden

Key

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#49

Linebacker
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 265lbs.
Class: Junior
City/State: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Hapeville Charter Academy
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

2016 First Team All-SEC (AP)
2016 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2015 Freshman All-America (ESPN.com, 247Sports)
2015 SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)

Made the transition to linebacker under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda ... Flourished with 56 total tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss ... Rangy, explosive athlete with a quick first step ... Set the single-season sacks record with 12 during his sophomore season ... Earned selection to the Bednarik, Maxwell, Butkus and Walter Camp award preseason watch lists.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016)
School record holder with 12 single-season sacks... Led the squad with 14.5 tackles for loss ... Finished sixth on the team with 56 total tackles ... Also tied for fifth on the team in solo tackles with 24 ... Recorded two sacks for 16 yards in the Citrus Bowl to take the record ... Also logged six tackles against the Cardinals ... Captured LSU's first safety since 2012 in the Citrus Bowl after sacking Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, the first in a bowl for the Tigers since the 1974 Orange Bowl against Penn State ... Named first team All-SEC by the media and second team All-SEC by the coaches ... Logged a sack in nine of the 11 contests that he played ... Matched his career high in both tackles and tackles for loss against Florida where he compiled eight tackles and two tackles for loss ... Logged one sack at Arkansas ... Recovered his first fumble of the season, which was forced by Frank Herron, for his second career recovery and also compiled five tackles against Alabama ... Moved into the top-10 in single season sacks after dropping Ole Miss' Chad Kelly for a loss of four yards ... Registered five tackles, two quarterback hits and his first pass breakup of the season against Southern Miss ... Earned a sack against Missouri and also recorded three tackles ... Had a monster of a game at Auburn where he finished the evening with six tackles, three quarterback hurries, 1.5 sacks and forced his second fumble of the season, which was picked up by Davon Godchaux ... Picked up a huge sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by Godchaux on 4th and 8 with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State as the Tigers were clinging to the 23-20 lead ... Totaled his third-consecutive game with a sack and tied his career high with two sacks against Mississippi State .... Recorded a sack against Jacksonville State ... Tallied six tackles and registered a career-high two sacks against Wisconsin.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015)
Played in all 12 games and started the final nine contests at defensive end ... Named a Freshman All-America by ESPN.com and 247Sports as well as an SEC All-Freshman Team member following an outstanding rookie campaign ... Collected 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, a team-high nine quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery ... Had a monster game against Texas A&M where he posted a career-high eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three QB hurries ... Earned a sack vs. Arkansas ... Recorded a sack, recovered a fumble and finished with a career-high six tackles at Alabama ... Tallied half a sack vs. Florida ... Hurried the QB on the pass that led to Deion Jones' 26-yard pick six in Key's first start versus Eastern Michigan ... Tipped a pass that Deion Jones picked off at Syracuse ... Played extensively in the opener at Mississippi State and recorded LSU's first sack of the season along with two QB hurries and one PBU.

HIGH SCHOOL
Rangy, explosive athlete at the defensive end position ... Unanimously rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN ... Ranked as high as the No. 3 weak side defensive end nationally by 247Sports and the No. 24 overall prospect nationally by ESPN ... Touted as the No. 4 overall prospect coming out of Georgia ... Racked up 15.5 sacks as a senior ... Accounted for more than 100 tackles and eight sacks as a junior ... Registered a dozen sacks as a sophomore ... Member of the Rivals 250, Scout 300, 247Sports Top 247 and ESPN 300 ... Garnered an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American Game ... Class 2A first team All-State selection ... Coached by Winston Gordon.

PERSONAL
Parents are Nicole Spencer and Arden Key Sr. ... Born May 3, 1996 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

ARDEN KEY'S CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 8, twice (Last: vs. Florida, 2016; First: vs. Texas A&M, 2015
Tackles for loss: 2.5 vs. Mississippi State, 2016
Sacks: 2.0, twice (Last: vs. Louisville, 2016; First: vs. Mississippi State, 2016)

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