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Divinity eligible to play in national championship

Recorded three sacks in five games this year
Posted at 5:52 PM, Dec 31, 2019

BATON ROUGE — The twists and turns in Michael Divinity's senior season came to an expected resolution. The senior linebacker is eligible to play in the national championship against Clemson.

"Mike has been a tremendous pass rusher for us," Orgeron said Tuesday morning. "I know we're definitely going to use him."

Ed Orgeron made the announcement during a national championship teleconference Tuesday. The news is consistent with what Orgeron said in November when Divinity returned to the team after two weeks away. Still, it's another twist in a strange year. LSU has not commented on why the senior was away from the team for two weeks, or why he was deemed unavailable for several games this year. Usually the word was "coach's decision."

In five games, Divinity recorded 22 tackles and three sacks. In 37 career games he's recorded 9 sacks and more than 100 tackles. After his two week hiatus, Divinity returned to the program and has practiced, giving him a real chance to make an impact against Clemson.

"He'll be back in his role, what he's doing and we'll see what fits in," Orgeron added. "But he's definitely going to play for us, and we're definitely going to use him in the best situation we can."