LSU starting safety
Brooks is from the New Orleans area and played three seasons at Arkansas before transferring to LSU in 2022. He started 13 games for the Tigers last season, when he intercepted two passes to go with a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles for losses. He finished that season with five passes defended and 66 solo or assisted tackles.
Brooks also played in the first two games this season and was in on eight tackles before leaving the team late last week.
LSU regularly played a three-safety lineup when Brooks was on the field. Last weekend, the Tigers started three linebackers instead. Freshman safety Ryan Yaites saw more snaps in Brooks’ absence when LSU went to a formation with five defensive backs.
After LSU defeated Mississippi State 41-14 on Saturday, Kelly honored Brooks with a game ball.
Meanwhile, Kelly said three other players who missed last weekend’s game with “lower body” injuries — linebacker Omar Speights, defensive end Ovie Oghoufo and tight end Mason Taylor — are all probable for this week.