LSU picked up an enormous addition to the 2021 roster when junior defensive finish Ali Gaye introduced on social media that he’d be returning for one more season in Baton Rouge.
The JUCO switch out of Backyard Metropolis Neighborhood Faculty was a late addition to the 2020 class and instantly gained the teaching workers over together with his offseason preparation. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit final spring, whereas most of his teammates have been despatched residence, Gaye stayed in Baton Rouge to coach on his personal.
“I do know it wasn’t going to be given to me so I do know I needed to work to earn my place,” Gaye instructed reporters in October. “There have been plenty of guys forward of me and I needed to look as much as these guys and see how issues work to ensure that me to earn the place I am in proper now. I can solely get higher. I am not likely targeted on private stats, I am simply having enjoyable.”
Beginning within the Mississippi State sport, Gaye was one of many shock breakouts on the LSU protection a season in the past and turns into one of many high returning gamers to the roster subsequent 12 months. In his first season with the Tigers, he was certainly essentially the most disruptive cross rusher on the roster, recording 32 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and 6 cross breakups in 10 appearances.
“Ali Gaye, Ali was uncooked when he got here right here. I gotta give Invoice Busch credit score. He recruited him similar to he recruited Joe Burrow, and he believed he might play,” Orgeron stated again in October. “Invoice got here again and stated, Ali runs nicely, let’s take him, and Ali’s scheme is figure arduous. I believe he’s going to be a excessive decide, first, second, third spherical decide. He will play within the NFL. He is bought the dimensions. Hopefully he stays for 2 years, do not get too good.”