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#74 Badara Traore Season 2019

Offensive Tackle
Boston, Mass.
Previous School
ASA College
High School
Matignon HS

2019 LSU Graduate (B.A. interdisciplinary Studies)

Spent two years with the Tigers after transferring from ASA College n Brooklyn, N.Y. … Played in 26 games with five starts … Improved with each practice … Can play either tackle position … Considered the nation’s top junior college offensive line prospect for the 2018 class … During spring practice in 2019, Coach Orgeron called Badara, “one of the most improved players on the team” … In high school, commuted two hours to Matignon High each day, taking two trains and two buses to get to school … In first year at LSU, played in all 13 games, starting twice … Became first person in immediate family to graduate from college … Earned his degree from LSU in interdisciplinary studies in December of 2019 … Parents are from Africa … He grew up in Hyde Park, a neighborhood in Boston … Badara along with his younger brother Mohammed spent a month in Africa the summer before he started seventh grade. 

Backup right tackle for the Tigers … Also sees action on special teams … Played in 13 games with three starts … Started at left tackle in the season-opener against Georgia Southern … Started at right tackle in place of an injured Austin Deculus against Ole Miss and Arkansas … Played a total of 241 snaps with a season-high 81 coming against Ole Miss … Played 49 snaps vs. Arkansas and 21 vs. Texas A&M. 

Played in 13 games with two starts … First start came in week 3 at right tackle against Southeastern Louisiana … Started at left tackle in week 4 against Louisiana Tech … Saw extensive action at right tackle in the season-opening win over Miami when starter Adrian Magee went down with an injury … Played 53 snaps in win over Miami and followed that with 58 snaps against Southeastern Louisiana … Played season-high 79 snaps in win over Louisiana Tech and 34 the following week in win over Auburn … In all, played a total of 228 offensive snaps and finished with seven knockdown blocks … Saw action on field goal and PAT protection units. 

The top-rated junior college offensive line prospect in 2018 … Rated as the nation’s No. 6 overall junior college player … Played two years as ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., earning first team All-Offense for the Northeast Football Conference … His junior college games were played at a high school stadium three blocks from Coney Island … His junior college team averaged 41.9 points per game, posted a 9-1 overall record and won the Valley of the Sun Bowl … A four-star recruit according to ESPN and ranked No. 17 in ESPN’s JUCO Top 50 … Prepped at Matignon High School in Cambridge, Mass. … Standout in both football and basketball in high school … Coached by Joe Osovet at ASA College.

Dad is Bakary Traore and mom is Rouguiatou Kaba … His dad was born in Bamako, the capital and largest city in Mali, which is a country in Africa … His mom grew up in Conakry, Guinea … His parents now live in Hyde Park, a neighborhood in Boston. 

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