Torn ACL ends LSU defensive tackle Maason Smith’s season

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LSU lost more than a game Sunday night in the Caesars Superdome.

Defensive tackle Maason Smith suffered a left anterior cruciate ligament that will end his season, Tiger Dtails first reported Monday via multiple sources.

LSU head coach Brian Kelly confirmed the ALC tear at his weekly press conference Tuesday.

The report confirms Smith will have surgery in three weeks to address the injury suffered on the first defensive drive of LSU’s 24-23 loss to Florida State.

Smith recorded 19 total tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks in nine games as a freshman in 2021.

The Terrebonne High School product and top recruit from the 2021 recruiting class was hurt went landing after a small jump in the air to celebrate a tackle for loss by a Tiger teammate.

Smith immediately grabbed at his knee before being helped off the field. After a trip to the blue sideline injury tent, He walked to the locker room under his own power. He returned to the sideline in street clothes for the second half.

Coming out of Terrebonne High School in Houma, Smith was the Rivals No. 1 overall prospect for majority of his senior season in the 2021 recruiting class.

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