Three Tigers Named to SEC All-Freshman Team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU offensive lineman William Clapp, running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Arden Key were all named to the 2015 Freshman All-SEC Team the league announced Thursday afternoon.
Selections to the team are made at every position, as Clapp was one of four lineman selections on the offensive side, with Guice being one of the two running backs and Key a member of the four selections on the defensive front.
Clapp started all 11 games for the Tigers, ending the season with 10 starts at right guard after getting the opening-night start at left guard. The New Orleans native saw action in over 650 offensive snaps this season, with more than 68 knockdowns as both numbers are third on the squad in each category. Clapp even got in on a score, becoming the first player since Kevin Minter to recover a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown at Ole Miss.
Ending the regular season third in rushing, Guice averaged 8.4 yards per carry in 2015, earning 397 on the ground with three touchdowns. The Catholic (BR) High School product’s longest run of the year came at home against Texas A&M, rumbling for 50 yards in the third quarter to give LSU the lead back against the Aggies. His best game came against South Carolina, rushing for 161 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Gamecocks, the most for an LSU true freshman in over 10 years to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Key played in all 11 of the Tigers’ games this season, starting the final eight contests of the year at the right end spot. He was fifth in tackles with 38, including 6.5 tackles for loss, making his mark in the opponent’s backfield accounting for 5.0 sacks which was second on the team. In the finale against the Aggies, Key had his best game of the season as the Atlanta, Georgia, native tallied a career-high eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries as LSU held Texas A&M to just 103 total yards in the second half.
The three selections for the Tigers tied Missouri for the third-most among schools, behind Texas A&M and Alabama who finished with four each. LSU was one of eight Southeastern Conference institutions with multiple selections.
No. 20 LSU (8-3) will close out the 2015 season by making its first appearance in the 10th annual AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against Texas Tech (7-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Kickoff for the Texas Bowl is set for 8 p.m. CT inside NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It will be LSU’s third contest against the Red Raiders and the first since 1957.