LSU football juniors announce they will stay in school
BATON ROUGE - A handful of LSU juniors announced on Friday their intention to return to school for their senior seasons in hopes of competing for a national championship.
Safety Jalen Mills, wide receiver Travin Dural, linebacker Lamar Louis, tight end Dillon Gordon and offensive linemen Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander will be among the returning underclassmen after announcing their decision to pass up the NFL draft for another season in Baton Rouge.
Among the reasons the players mentioned for their return were passion for playing Tiger football and pressure from Head Coach Les Miles to get their degrees. Of course, a run at the national title was mentioned as an obvious goal for the junior's return.
Coach Miles was in attendance at the press conference and stated that the returning juniors will be key to a strong season when fall rolls around.
Only three players elected to leave their college careers behind early this year, cornerback Jalen Collins, linebacker Kwon Alexander, and defensive end Daniel Hunter, which is down from a record setting 18 over the last two years.