Trey Lealaimatafao may miss season
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao might not be able to play this season after he injured his arm punching through glass in the Tigers' weight room.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Lealaimatafao was hospitalized Monday to treat a deep cut to his arm. School officials have not offered further details on why the player punched through glass, the severity of the injury or the effect it could have on Lealaimatafao's career.
Lealaimatafao took to Twitter on Tuesday to update his condition:
Hi everyone, I'm doing well pic.twitter.com/xKdECracQY- Trey Lealaimatafao™ (@TLay_56) July 22, 2014
According to ESPN.com's rankings, the 6-foot, 300-pound Lealaimatafao was a four-star recruit, No. 38 in the state of Texas and one of seven LSU signees from the Lone Star State.
He initially committed to Texas but later decommitted after the coaching change and ultimately signed with LSU, where he was expected to compete for playing time immediately.
At his signing day news conference, Tigers coach Les Miles compared him to former All-SEC defensive lineman Drake Nevis.
"He's maybe a little taller, a little wider, maybe a little faster, but he has a very high motor and real acceleration on the field," Miles said.
As a senior at San Antonio's Warren High School, Lealaimatafao was credited with 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was honored as a U.S. Army All-American.
LSU opens the season Aug. 30 against Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Information from ESPN.com's Greg Ostendorf and the Associated Press was used in this report.
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