Lewis Neal to return for senior season

Neal was a force off the edge for LSU in '15.
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LSU and head coach Les Miles received some great news on Thursday — as stud defensive end Lewis Neal decided to bypass the 2016 NFL Draft in favor of returning to school for a senior campaign. 

It’s a true boon for the Tigers. Neal was fourth on the team in total tackles (48), third in tackles for loss (9.5), tied for first in pass breakups (6), second in quarterback hurries (8), and first in sacks (8.0). 

One has to figure the defensive end duo of Neal and Arden Key will one of the top pairings in the entire SEC — if not the country in 2016. 

Not only will Neal and Key return up front along the defensive line, but LSU will also have the services of rising talent Davon Godchaux and Christian LaCouture. 

This is surely a scary proposition for any and all competitors facing the Tigers next season. 

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