Game Notes: LSU visits Auburn to open SEC play
*LSU opens SEC play on Saturday when the No. 12/ No. 13 Tigers travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium to face seventh-ranked Auburn. Kickoff for the early season matchup between Southeastern Conference Western Division rivals is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
*LSU opens SEC play against Auburn for the 11th time. LSU is 5-5 against Auburn when it serves as the conference opener for the Tigers.
*LSU enters the contest 2-0 overall following wins over then-No. 8 Miami (33-17) and Southeastern Louisiana (31-0) last Saturday.
* LSU is 2-0 for the second straight year and for the 12th time in 13 years going back to 2006.
* Ed Orgeron, who took over the Tigers four games into the 2016 season, is 17-6 as LSU’s head coach (6-2 in 2016; 9-4 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018). Over his last 31 games as a head coach, Orgeron has produced a 23-8 mark – a stretch the also includes a 6-2 record with Southern Cal in 2013.
*In 23 games under Orgeron, LSU’s has gone without a turnover 12 times. Dating back to last year, LSU has turned the ball over only one time over the past 16 quarters, which includes no turnovers in 2018.
*LSU is 13-0 under Orgeron when the Tigers feature a 100-yard rusher (6-0 in 2016, 5-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018.
*Nick Brossette has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in LSU’s first two games and ranks No. 5 in the SEC with 131.0 yards a contest.
*All-America LB Devin White had his 9th career double-digit tackle game vs. SE Louisiana. He ranks third in the SEC in tackles with 9.5 a contest.
* LSU PK Cole Tracy ranks first among all active collegiate kickers with 73 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 field goals at DII Assumption College and has 5 so far this year.
*LSU ranks third in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing only 74.0 yards per game. The Tigers are giving up an SEC-best 1.9 yards per rush.
*By holding Southeastern Louisiana to 65 rushing yards, LSU has held opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards 12 times (in 27 games) since Dave Aranda took over as defensive coordinator in 2016. LSU is 12-0 in those games.
*Going back to 2001 when LSU’s football program won its first SEC Championship since the 1980s, LSU has played 205 of its 223 games ranked in the Top 25, which includes 19 of 23 games under Orgeron. LSU is 12-6 as a Top 25 team under Coach O.
0 – LSU has yet to turn the ball over in 2018 and the Tigers are one of just six teams nationally without a turnover this year. LSU has played 15 consecutive quarters without a turnover.
3 – This is only the third time in school history that LSU will face a pair of Top 10 opponents in the first three weeks of the season. LSU opened the year with a 33-17 win over then-No. 8 Miami. LSU played two Top 10 opponents during first three weeks of season in 1995 and 1981.
6 – Six of LSU’s seven touchdowns this year have come from players that had never scored a touchdown for the Tigers. The list includes Nick Brossette, Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Jacob Phillips.
LSU To Celebrate 125 Seasons of Football In 2018
*LSU will celebrate its 125th season of football in 2018.
*Started in 1893, LSU is one of college football’s most storied programs, winning three national titles (1958, 2003, and 2007) and claiming 11 SEC championships (1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011).
*LSU is the 12th-winningest program in NCAA history by victories with 788and the Tigers are No. 14 all-time in terms of winning percentage (.650). LSU has an all-record of 788-412-47 in 125 seasons.
*To honor the 125 seasons of LSU Football, players will wear a 125 patch on their jerseys and the logo will also be painted on the field for all home games.
Home Team Has Won 16 Of Last 18 Games In Series
*The home team in the LSU-Auburn series has won 16 of the last 18 meetings dating back to 2000 when Auburn beat LSU 34-17 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU won 27-23 last year in Tiger Stadium.
*The Auburn win at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2000 started a streak that saw the home team win eight straight games in the series. The streak was snapped in 2008 when LSU rallied for a 26-21 fourth quarter win at Auburn.
*The home team streak started again in 2009 with LSU winning in Tiger Stadium, followed by an Auburn victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2010 and an LSU win in 2011 in Baton Rouge.
*Prior to the 2008 game, the last time a road team won in the series came in 1999 when Auburn posted a 41-7 victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium. Ironically, that was the fourth straight game in which the road team had won in the series. LSU beat Auburn at Auburn in 1996 and 1998, and Auburn won in Tiger Stadium in 1997 and 1999.
Expect The Unexpected When LSU and Auburn Get Together
*Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has become one of close calls and one in which the teams and the fans have come to expect the unexpected. The following is a listing of some of the notable happenings in the series since 1988:
1988: LSU’s Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the endzone on fourth down with 1!41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be titled “The Earthquake Game.”
1994: Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs as the Tigers rally to post a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that become known as “The Interception Game.”
1995: LSU donned white jerseys at home for the first time since the early 1980’s and promptly went out and upset fifth-ranked Auburn, 12-6. LSU preserved the win with an interception in the endzone on the last play of the game. The contest was dubbed the “Bring Back the Magic” game.
1996: With the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game titled “The Night the Barn Burned.”
1997: Titled “The Comeback,” Auburn QB Dameyune Craig engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to spark the Tigers to a 31-28 upset of 10th-ranked LSU.
2004: Titled “The Call,” Auburn appeared to have missed an extra point with 1!14 left that would have left the game tied at 9-9. However, LSU was called for a penalty on the extra point, thus giving Auburn a second chance at winning the game. The second PAT was good, and Auburn held on for a 10-9 win, snapping LSU’s 10-game winning streak.
2005: Auburn missed five field goals, including one in overtime, as LSU held on for a 20-17 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium. The win helped propel LSU to the SEC Western Division title and the game is now known as the “Field Goal Game.”
2007: “Can’t See Me” Demetrius Byrd caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Flynn with just one second left to send LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium. The play seemed to have caught Auburn off-guard as the Tigers could have attempted a 39-yard field goal for the win. However, LSU took one final shot at the endzone as Flynn connected with Byrd for the score, who then gave the “Can’t See Me” gesture to the LSU student section after coming up with the catch.
2008: Freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee led LSU on a 7-play, 54-yard capped with an 18-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell as the LSU Tigers rallied for a 26-21 win over Auburn. It marked the second straight year that LSU scored in the closing moments of the game to beat Auburn.
2010: Cam Newton rushed for 217 yards and 2 TDs in fourth-ranked Auburn’s 24-17 win over undefeated and sixth-ranked LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. As a team, Auburn rushed for 440 yards, the most ever given up by an LSU team.
2011: LSU stepped out of its usual home attire and donned the Nike Pro Combat uniforms and responded with a 45-10 win in Tiger Stadium in what was the most lopsided victory (for either team) in the series.
2012: Trailing 10-9 at the half, No. 2 LSU held off an unranked Auburn team using a third-quarter field goal to prevail 12-10. Drew Alleman’s field goal proved to be the only points for either team in the second half. Sam Montgomery had a safety and finished with 3.5 tackles for loss.
2016: Quarterback Danny Etling drove LSU the length of the field and connected with DJ Chark on 15-yard game-winning touchdown drive with no time remaining on the clock. The call was overturned by video review citing no time remaining on the clock and LSU fell to Auburn, 18-13. On the previous play, LSU was flagged for an illegal shift after picking up a first down at the Auburn 2-yard line with 0:01 to play. With the clock starting on the official’s whistle, Etling – who rolled out of the pocket and found Chark for a tip-toe grab in the back-right corner of the endzone – was ruled to have received the snap after time had expired.
2017: Trailing 20-0 early in second quarter, LSU rallied for a 27-23 win to mark the largest comeback victory in a SEC game in Tiger Stadium for the Tigers. DJ Chark’s 75-yard fourth quarter punt return got LSU to with 23-21 and then Connor Culp provided the go-ahead points on a 42-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 24-23 with 2:36 to go. Culp added a 36-yard field with 38 seconds left for the final margin.
LSU Managing Turnovers Early in 2018
*After two games, LSU owns a +5 turnover margin with two forced fumbles and three interceptions.
*The Tigers are one of only seven teams in the country without a turnover on offense in 2018 and their margin ranks fifth in the country.
*A year ago, LSU tied the NCAA mark for fewest turnovers in a season and set the school record with eight.
*Dating back to November 4, 2017, LSU quarterbacks have thrown 155 consecutive passes without an interception.
*In its last 10 games, LSU only has three turnovers, which is the fewest in any 10-game span since 1937. It beat the previous best of 5.
Brossette Caries the Load as LSU’s Running Back
*RB Nick Brossette has opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.
*With 262 yards after two games, Brossette ranks 14th in the country in rushing yards.
*Brossette totaled a career-high 137 yards against Southeastern and 125 yards with a pair of touchdowns against Miami.
*Brossette became the fifth-straight 100-yard rusher in a season opener for LSU: Guice (2017), Fournette (2015, 16) and Kenny Hilliard (2014).
*The Baton Rouge native scored two touchdowns to set a new career high. He became the first LSU running back with two rushing touchdowns since Darrel Williams at Tennessee last year.
Tracy Already with Two Kicks of 50+ Yards
*PK Cole Tracy made his debut against Miami and finished 4-for-4 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points.
*The Assumption College graduate transfer tied the school record with a 54-yard field goal. The field goal tied Wade Richey vs. Kentucky (1996) and Ron Lewis vs. North Carolina (1985) for the longest in school history.
*Tracy connected on a 50-yarder against Southeastern to become first LSU player with a field goal of at least 50 yards in Tiger Stadium since 2010.
*He became the first LSU player to hit two field goals of 50+ yards in the first two games since Colt David in 2008.
*Tracy leads all active collegiate kickers with 73 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 field goals at DII Assumption College and has
White Leads the LSU Defense
*Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the country, junior Devin White has continued his top play in 2018.
*After two games, White owns 19 tackles with a tackle for loss and forced fumble.
*In the last two seasons, White has totaled nine double-digit tackle games. He added his first of 2018 in week two against Southeastern with 11.
LSU’s Defense Scores In Season-Opener For Second Time In Three Years
*When Jacob Phillips returned an interception 45 yards for a TD against Miami, it marked the second time in three years the Tigers scored a defensive touchdown in the season-opener.
*LSU also scored a TD against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season when Tre’Davious White returned an interception 31 yards for a score.
*Dating back to the 1982 season, LSU has had an interception returned for a touchdown 55 times.
*The LSU defense has had at least one interception returned for a touchdown in 27 of the last 37 seasons.
*Only 11 of the 55 interceptions returned for a touchdown have been by a linebacker.
Phillips, Tracy Named SEC Players of the Week vs. Miami
*A pair of first-time LSU starters made a big impact for the Tigers in the season-opening win over No. 8 Miami and as a result, kicker Cole Tracy and linebacker Jacob Phillips were named SEC Players of the Week.
*Tracy, a graduate transfer playing in his first game as a Tiger, earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Honors after going 4-for-4 on field goal attempts in his LSU debut. Among Tracy’s field goals included a school-record tying 54-yarder in the third quarter that extended the Tiger lead to 33-3.
*For the game, Tracy made field goals of 54, 43, 21 and 21 yards as well as three point-after conversions on his way to scoring 15 points, the fourth-highest single-game point total for a kicker in school history.
*Tracy’s 54-yard field goal tied the previous mark set twice – Wade Richey vs. Kentucky in 1996 and Ron Lewis at North Carolina in 1985. Tracy also became the first kicker in school history to kick four field goals in his LSU debut.
*Phillips, a sophomore linebacker, earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording seven tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry. Phillips returned his first career interception 45 yards for a TD in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 27-3.
*In his first career start, Phillips helped pace a Tiger defensive unit that held the Hurricanes to 83 rushing yards and only 342 total yards. LSU also forced a pair of Miami turnovers and held the Hurricanes without a third-down conversion until midway through the third quarter.
Thirteen Players Make First Start in 2018
*Thirteen Tigers have started for the first time in their careers in 2018: RB Lanard Fournette, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, G Damien Lewis, WR Jonathan Giles, QB Joe Burrow, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DE Breiden Fehoko, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Terrence Alexander, LB Jacob Phillips, OL Austin Deculus and OT Badara Traore. .
*Marshall became just the eighth true freshman to start a season opener since 2000.
*The following have started a season opener since 2000: Marshall Jr. (WR, 2018), Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Toliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003).
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
(Tory Carter, K’Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram, JaCoby Stevens, Tyler Taylor, Kary Vincent Jr.)
2015: 7 (
Arden Key, Donte Jackson, Foster Moreau, Bry’Kiethon Mouton, Maea Teuhema, Kevin Toliver II, Toby Weathersby)
(Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)
(Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)
(Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre’Davious White)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 2 (Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Patrick Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2018 1 (Terrace Marshall Jr.)
2016 1 (Dee Anderson)
LSU Goes Into 2018 Riding Streak of 18 Consecutive Years With At Least 8 Wins
*LSU goes into the 2018 season having won at least 8 games for 18 consecutive years, which ties with Oklahoma for the longest current streak among Power 5 schools.
*Only Boise State has a longer active streak among FBS teams as the Broncos have won 8 games for 19 consecutive seasons.
*LSU’s current streak of seasons with at least 8 wins dates back to 2000 when the Tigers posted an 8-4 overall mark.
*LSU’s streak of seasons with at least 8 wins also ranks as the longest of its kind in the history of the SEC, bettering Tennessee 16 (1989-2004); Florida 14 (1990-2003); Georgia 13 (1997-2009); and Alabama 13 (1971-83).
LSU Is 72-9 vs. Non-Conference Teams Dating Back to 2001
*Dating back to the 2001 season when LSU captured its first outright SEC title since 1986, the Tigers have done quite well against non-conference opponents, going 72-9 against non-SEC foes during that span.
*Of the nine losses, only three have come during the regular season (2002 at Virginia Tech, 2016 vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and 2017 vs. Troy).
*The other six losses came in bowl games (2003 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas; 2005 Capital One Bowl vs. Iowa; 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Penn State; 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson; 2014 Music City Bowl vs. Notre Dame, 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Notre Dame).
Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games Extended to 18
*Dating back to November 2016, LSU has rushed as a team for more than 100 yards in 19-straight games.
*In that stretch of 19 games, 12 players have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice each ran for more than 100 yards in a game in 2017 against Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
*A year ago, LSU rushed for more than 100 yards in every regular season game for just the 14th time since 1949.
*Only 10 times has an LSU team rushed for 100 or more yards in every game in a season including the bowl game.
Eight Tigers To Play in 2018 As a College Graduate
*During the 2018 season, eight Tigers are going to take the field as a college graduate, five of which are LSU graduates.
*LSU list of eight college graduates includes three graduate transfers – CB Terrence Alexander (Stanford), QB Joe Burrow (Ohio State) and PK Cole Tracy (Assumption College).
*Here’s the list of college graduates on the LSU roster for 2018:
Name Major (School) Graduation Date
Terrence Alexander Communications (Stanford) Summer, 2018
Joe Burrow Consumer/Family Financial Services (Ohio State) Spring, 2018
David Ducre Management (LSU) Spring, 2018
Blake Ferguson Marketing (LSU) Spring, 2018
Trey Gallman Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018
Turner Simmers Kinesiology (LSU) Spring, 2018
Cole Tracy Marketing (Assumption College) Spring, 2018
Jacory Washington Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018
Louisiana’s Foster Moreau Carries on No. 18 Tradition
*Senior tight end Foster Moreau was selected to continue the tradition of the prestigious No. 18 jersey. Moreau was presented with the jersey by coach Ed Orgeron in the first preseason meeting following a vote of the coaching staff and former LSU No. 18s.
*A native of New Orleans, Moreau was the final player to sign in the 2015 recruiting class. He is the second tight end to earn the honor. Richard Dickson wore the number in 2008 and 2009.
*Jersey No. 18 was born when, in 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958. His number became synonymous with success — both on and off the field — as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player. After his final year with the Tigers, Mauck passed the jersey number down to running back Jacob Hester, who then helped LSU to another national title in 2007.
*Here is a look at the previous players to wear No. 18:
Years Player Position
2003 Matt Mauck QB
2004-07 Jacob Hester RB
2008-09 Richard Dickson TE
2010 Richard Murphy RB
2011 Brandon Taylor S
2012 Bennie Logan DT
2013 Lamin Barrow LB
2014 Terrence Magee RB
2015-16 Tre’Davious White CB
2017 Christian LaCouture DL
2017 John David Moore FB/TE
A Different Season-Opening QB For The Tigers
*When Joe Burrow took the first snap against Miami, it marked the 16th time in the last 21 seasons that LSU started a different quarterback in an opener.
*Only Matt Mauck in 2002 and 2003, JaMarcus Russell in 2004 and 2005, Jordan Jefferson in 2009 and 2010, Zach Mettenberger in 2012 and 2013, and Brandon Harris in 2015 and 2016 have started consecutive openers for LSU.
*The following is a look at LSU’s starting quarterbacks in season-opening games since 1998:
Year Quarterback Results Stats
1998 Herb Tyler Def. Arkansas State, 42-6 13 of 25, 170 yds., 1 TD, 1 int.
1999 Craig Nall Def. San Jose State, 29-21 6 of 15, 79 yds., 2 int.
2000 Josh Booty Def. Western Carolina, 58-0 12 of 15, 291 yds., 2 TDs
2001 Rohan Davey Def. Tulane, 48-17 19 of 29, 253 yds., 2 TDs
2002 Matt Mauck Lost Virginia Tech, 26-8 15 of 35, 134 yds., 1 int.
2003 Matt Mauck Def. Louisiana-Monroe, 49-7 13 of 28, 153 yds., 3 TDs, 1 int.
2004 Marcus Randall Def. Oregon State, 22-21 (OT) 7 of 18, 66 yds., 1 int.
2005 JaMarcus Russell Def. Arizona State, 35-31 16 of 29, 232 yds., 1 TD
2006 JaMarcus Russell Def. ULL, 45-3 13 of 17, 253 yrds. 3 TD
2007 Matt Flynn Def. Mississippi State, 45-0 12 of 19, 128 yds., 2 TD
2008 Andrew Hatch Def. Appalachian State, 41-13 7 of 14, 77 yds., 1 TD
2009 Jordan Jefferson Def. Washington, 31-23 11 of 19, 172 yds., 3 TD
2010 Jordan Jefferson Def. North Carolina, 30-24 15 of 21, 151 yds., 2 TD, 1 int.
2011 Jarret Lee Def. Oregon, 40-27 10 of 22, 98 yds. 1 TD
2012 Zach Mettenberger Def. North Texas, 41-14 19 of 26, 192 yds. 1 TD, 1 int.
2013 Zach Mettenberger Def. TCU, 37-27 16 of 32, 251 yds., 1 TD
2014 Anthony Jennings Def. Wisconsin, 28-24 9 of 21, 239 yds. 2 TD
2015 Brandon Harris Def. Mississippi State, 21-19 9 of 14, 71 yds., 0 TD
2016 Brandon Harris Lost, Wisconsin, 16-14 12 of 21. 131 yds., 1 TD
2017 Danny Etling Def. BYU, 27-0 14 of 18, 171 yds., 0 TD
2018 Joe Burrow Def. Miami, 33-17 11 of 24, 140 yds. 0 TD
Ensminger In Second Stint as LSU’s OC
*Steve Ensminger, a former quarterback at LSU, begins his second stint as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2018.
*Ensminger served as LSU’s offensive coordinator for eight games in 2016, a span that saw the Tigers thrive under his play-calling.
*Prior to Ensminger taking over play-calling duties in 2016, LSU’s offense had scored only nine touchdowns and was averaging 18 points and 339.5 total yards per game. In eight games under Ensminger, LSU improved drastically in every offensive category as the Tigers averaged 32 points and 464.9 total yards per contest during that span. LSU scored 38 or more points five times under Ensminger, including 54 in a win over Texas A&M and 38 against both Arkansas and Ole Miss. The Tigers averaged 7.1 yards per play and converted 46-of-102 third-down opportunities during that eight-game stretch.
*Also under Ensminger, LSU’s offense set school records for yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), single-game rushing yards by an individual (284 by Leonard Fournette vs. Ole Miss, 285 by Derrius Guice vs. Texas A&M), longest run from scrimmage (96 yards by Derrius Guice vs. Arkansas) and time of possession (42:33 vs. Missouri).
Fulton Reinstated for 2018 Season
*With just 10 days left before the season opener against Miami, head coach Ed Orgeron announced that cornerback Kristian Fulton was reinstated to the team by the NCAA.
*Fulton’s reinstatement came two weeks after the NCAA denied an appeal by Fulton.
*On August 17, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva sent the NCAA a four-page letter request reclassification of Fulton’s case.
*Fulton has played in three games with no starts in his two seasons. He was regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in Louisiana and No. 3 corner in the nation.
White, Williams Tabbed as Preseason All-Americans
*Junior LB Devin White and sophomore CB Greedy Williams were named first team Associated Press Preseason All-Americans.
*White and Williams return as the leaders of an LSU defense that ranked among the best in the nation last year, allowing only 18.9 points and 316.2 total yards per game.
*Last year, White and Williams became the first set of players from the same team to lead the Southeastern Conference tackles and interceptions in the same year since 1993.
*White paced the league with 10.2 tackles a contest and ranked No. 2 in the conference in total tackles with 133. Williams, as a redshirt freshman, topped the conference in both interceptions (6) and passes defensed (13).
*White earned second team All-America honors in 2017, in what was his first season as a starter, while Williams was a third team All-America selection.
Von Rosenberg One of Nation’s Oldest Players
*At 27 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the sixth-oldest player in college football in 2018.
*Von Rosenberg played minor league baseball for six seasons before joining the team in the fall.
*James Stefanon of Colorado is the oldest player at 31 years old.
This is #NFLSU
*2017 marked the fourth-straight year LSU led all of college football with players on opening day NFL rosters at 51.
*Sixty-five LSU players have been selected in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years, which ranks No. 2 nationally. LSU is one of just three schools in college football to have 60 or more drafted players since the 2009 NFL Draft.
*Over the last decade, LSU has produced nine first round NFL Draft picks. The Tigers have had at least one player selected in the first round 11 of the past 15 years.
We are DBU:
*Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 18, including six in the first round.
*At least one player has appeared in the Super Bowl for 17 consecutive years, which stands as the longest current streak in the SEC.
*Overall, 59 former Tigers have appeared on Super Bowl rosters, and LSU has had at least one Super Bowl in 39 of 52 championship games.
LSU Is 75-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
*In the last 155 games, LSU’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and LSU will more than likely win as the Tigers are 125-20 when that happens.
*Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 76-5.
*An even more telling stat is that when LSU rushes for 100-plus yards and holds the opponents to fewer than 100 yards, the Tigers are 75-0.
*The following is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers and have the Tigers have fared in those games:
Year LSU 100+ LSU 100- Opp 100+ Opp 100- LSU 100+/Opp 100-
2005 10-0 1-2 3-1 8-1 7-0
2006 10-0 1-2 5-0 6-2 6-0
2007 11-2 1-0 3-2 9-0 8-0
2008 8-3 0-2 2-5 6-0 6-0
2009 8-0 1-4 7-4 2-0 2-0
2010 11-2 0-0 7-1 5-0 5-0
2011 13-0 0-1 4-1 8-0 9-0
2012 9-1 1-2 4-2 6-1 6-0
2013 10-1 0-2 6-3 4-0 4-0
2014 8-3 0-2 4-4 4-1 4-0
2015 8-1 0-2 3-3 6-0 6-0
2016 8-3 0-1 3-4 5-0 5-0
2017 9-4 0-0 4-4 5-0 5-0
2018 2-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 2-0
Totals 125-20 5-20 55-34 76-5 75-0
LSU Scores Historic GSR Rating
*The University scored an all-time high of 90 percent in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA.
*The 90 percent rating was up two points from last year’s mark and up a staggering 21 point since vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva took over at LSU.
*The football team recorded a program-best 78 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 44 percent.
LSU Projected to Welcome Largest and Most Diverse Freshman Class Ever
*The university is projected to welcome its largest and most diverse freshman class ever. Preliminary numbers show that LSU is expected to welcome at least 5,800 new freshmen to campus this year, which would break the previous record of 5,725 new freshmen enrolled in 2012.
*Among incoming freshmen, the diversity population is up at 30 percent over last year’s freshman class. In addition, the class also comes in with a GPA of 3.64, up from last year’s mark at this time of a 3.56.
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