LSU Football – Game Notes vs. Georgia Southern

LSU opens its third full season under head coach Ed Orgeron when the sixth-ranked Tigers host Georgia Southern at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

4Saturday’s game will mark the first between LSU and Georgia Southern in football. LSU is 32-1 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.

4It’s also LSU’s 126th season of football at LSU, a span that has seen the Tigers win three national titles (1958, 2003, and 2007) and claim 11 SEC titles (1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011).

4The Georgia Southern game will mark just the sixth time the Tigers will play a game during the month of August in school history. LSU is 5-0 in games played in August with the last one coming on Aug. 30, 2014 (def. Wisconsin, 28-24, in Arlington).

4LSU coach Ed Orgeron is 5-0 all-time in season-openers (2-0 at LSU, 3-0 at Ole Miss).

4Orgeron brings a 25-9 mark in 34 games as LSU’s head coach into the season-opener. Of his 25 wins with the Tigers, 19 have come by double-figures. Orgeron is 10-2 in non-conference games at LSU (2-0 in 2016; 3-2 in 2017; 5-0 in 2018).

4LSU has won two straight and 15 of its last 16 season opening contests dating back to 2003.The only loss during that span came against Wisconsin (L, 16-14) in Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season.

4It’s the first time LSU opens a season at home since the Tigers faced McNeese State in 2015. That game was canceled early in the first quarter due to weather that never moved out of the area.

4LSU enters the season ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Coaches Poll for the 19th straight year, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2001 season.

4LSU QB Joe Burrow returns to lead the Tiger offense. In 2018, Burrow became the first player in LSU history to throw for at least 2,750 yards and rush for at least 350 yards in the same season. Burrow finished last year with 2,894 passing yards and16 TDs to go along with 399 yards rushing and seven scores.

4WR Justin Jefferson became the first wide receiver since Reuben Randle in 2011 to lead the Tigers in all receiving categories. Jefferson led the Tigers in receptions (54), yards (875), yards per catch (16.2) and TDs (6) in 2018.

4S Grant Delpit is coming off a season that saw him became the ninth unanimous All-America in school history. He led the SEC in interceptions (5) and was second in the league in passes defended with 14. Delpit is listed as a 2019 first team preseason All-America by every news organization that publishes a preseason All-America team.



LSU vs. Georgia Southern

4LSU will meet Georgia Southern in football for the first time when the teams square off in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, August 31.

4Georgia Southern is coming off a 10-3 mark in 2018, which included a 23-21 win over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

4Georgia Southern is one of nine teams on LSU’s schedule that played in a bowl game in 2018.

4The Eagles are also one of five teams on LSU’s schedule that won at least 10 games a year ago. They are joined by Texas (10-4), Utah State (11-2), Florida (10-3), and Alabama (14-1).


2018: A Recap

4LSU is coming off a 10-3 mark and a Fiesta Bowl victory in 2018. The Tigers capped 2018 with a 40-32 win over then-undefeated Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. The win over UCF propelled LSU to a final ranking of No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Top 25.

4Individually, four players earned All-America honors in 2018, which included S Grant Delpit, who became just the ninth unanimous All-America in school history.

4LB Devin White and DB Greedy Williams both earned first team All-America honors, while PK Cole Tracy was a second team selection. White also became the first Butkus Award winner in LSU history.


LSU Under Louisiana’s Own Ed Orgeron

4In his third full season as head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron continues to gain momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail.

4Orgeron has guided the Tigers to a 25-9 overall mark in his 34 games. Of his 25 victories, 11 have come against Top 25 teams, including five over top-10 opponents. Of Coach O’s 25 wins, 15 have come against SEC foes and 19 have come by double-digits.

4Under Orgeron, the Tigers have played 29-of-35 games ranked in the Top 25, including every game in 2018.


LSU In Home Openers

4LSU has won 13 straight home openers dating back to a 45-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006.

4Last year, LSU opened its home slate with a 31-0 win over Southeastern.

4Overall, LSU is 99-21-4 in home openers, which includes a 71-19-4 mark in Tiger Stadium.

4LSU’s last home opener loss came against Tennessee in 2005 when the Vols beat the Tigers, 30-27, in overtime in what was a Monday night game.

4LSU hasn’t lost a “Saturday Night” home opener since dropping a 18-13 decision to Texas A&M in 1994.


Season Opener Success 

4LSU is 91-29-5 in season openers entering the 2019 home opener against Georgia Southern.

4The Tigers have won 21 of their last 23 season openers. The only two losses during that stretch have come at Virginia Tech in 2002 and against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in 2016.

4Last year, LSU stormed past No. 8 Miami in a Sunday primetime contest at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

4In five games as head coach between Ole Miss and LSU, Ed Orgeron owns a record of 5-0 in season openers.


August Games Rare in 126 Seasons of LSU Football

4When LSU takes on Georgia Southern on August 31, it will mark just the sixth time in the Tigers’ 126-season history to play in the month.

4LSU owns a 5-0 record in games played in August.

4LSU last played in the month of August when the Tigers traveled to Houston to face No. 14 Wisconsin and won in a thrilling 28-24 comeback against the No. 14 Badgers.

4Other games played in August include: 37-27 win vs. TCU on August 31, 2013; 41-13 win vs. Appalachian State on August 30, 2008; 45-0 win vs. Mississippi State on August 30, 2007; 49-7 win vs. Louisiana Monroe on August 30, 2003.


On This Date – August 31

4Opening the 2013 season, the 12th ranked Tigers rolled for 448 yards of total offense to defeat No. 20 TCU, 37-27, in Arlington.

4Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards as Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. both earned more than 100 yards receiving.

4Running back Terrence Magee rushed for 95 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

4The Tigers were able to ice the game when Mettenberger connected with Landry for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:15 left to play.

4The win extended LSU’s non-conference regular season win streak to 42 games.


LSU vs. The Sun Belt Conference

4Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern marks the 34th time that LSU will face a team from the Sun Belt Conference.

4LSU is 32-1 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt.

4LSU holds a 22-0 record vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State and ULM, 2-0 vs. Appalachian State, and 2-1 vs. Troy.


LSU’s Georgia and Georgia Southern Ties

4Five players on LSU’s rosters are Georgia natives: CB Jay Ward (Moultrie), FB Tory Carter (Valdosta), SNP Quentin Skinner (Buford), SNP Blake Ferguson (Smyrna), TE TK McLendon (Soperton.

4Carter’s father, James, played fullback and defensive tackle for Georgia Southern, winning back-to-back 1-AA national titles in 1985 and 1986. James earned 1-AA All-America honors from Sporting News in 1986.

4The Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, was Georgia Southern’s radio voice for 10 years before officially joining LSU in 2015.


The SEC vs. Georgia Southern

4Georgia Southern has a 1-12 all-time mark against teams from the SEC.

4The Eagles’ lone win over a team from the SEC came in 2013 when Georgia Southern beat Florida in Gainesville, 26-20. Current Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair was on the call that afternoon for the Eagles when they beat the Gators in Gainesville.

4Georgia Southern is 1-2 vs. Florida, 0-6 vs. Georgia, 0-2 vs. Auburn, and 0-1 against both Alabama and Ole Miss.

4Georgia Southern’s most recent game against an SEC team came in 2017, losing at Auburn, 41-7.


Preseason Ranking Marks Highest Since 2016 

4LSU opens 2019 ranked where they finished the 2018 season at No. 6

4The No. 6 preseason ranking from the AP is the highest for LSU since 2016 when the Tigers opened ranked NO. 5 in the nation. LSU has been ranked in every AP preseason poll since 2001.

4The Tigers are slated to face five teams ranked in the AP and Coaches Top 25, which includes three in the top 10. Ranked teams on LSU’s schedule include: No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Texas, No. 12/11 Texas A&M and No. 16 Auburn.

4LSU has played 16 straight and 19 of its last 20 games as a Top 25 team.

4Dating back to 2001 when LSU’s streak of preseason rankings began, the Tigers have played 217 of the 234 games during that span as a Top 25 team.


Consecutive Starts

4Seven LSU players go into the Georgia Southern game riding a consecutive start streak of at least 10 games.

4DE Rashard Lawrence leads the way with 21 consecutive starts, followed by S Grant Delpit with 14. C Lloyd Cushenberry III, OG Damien Lewis and QB Joe Burrow have each started 13 straight games, RT Austin Deculus owns a 12-game starting streak and LB Michael Divinity has started 11 straight.


LSU Goes Into 2019 Riding Streak of 19 Consecutive Years With At Least 8 Wins

4LSU goes into the 2019 season having won at least 8 games for 19 consecutive years, which ties with Oklahoma for the longest current streak among Power 5 schools.

4Only Boise State has a longer active streak among FBS teams as the Broncos have won 8 games for 20 consecutive seasons.

4LSU’s current streak of seasons with at least 8 wins dates back to 2000 when the Tigers posted an 8-4 overall mark.

4LSU’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 75-9 vs. Non-Conference Teams Dating Back to 2001

4Dating 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 75-9 against non-SEC foes during that span.

4Of 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).

4The 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).


Turnover/No Turnover Practice Day Pays Dividends

4Since taking over as head coach in 2016, Ed Orgeron has put an emphasis on turnovers with Wednesday practices dedicated “Turnover/No Turnover Wednesdays”.

4The focus on taking care of the ball and forcing mistakes by their opponents has payed off for the Tigers.

4After ranking 67th overall with an even turnover margin in 2016, Orgeron’s 2017 team improved drastically with a jump to 16th and a +8 turnover margin. The 2018 squad continued to improve and ranked in the top-10 with a +12 turnover margin for seventh in the nation.


First-Time Starters Expected on Saturday Night

4There have been a total of 11 true freshmen starters in a season opener since 2000.

4True freshmen make an impact at LSU as in three years with Ed Orgeron as head coach a total of 47 true freshmen have seen action during that span.

4A year ago, LSU played 15 true freshmen with four of them – WR Terrace Marshall, WR Ja’Marr Chase, LB Micah Baskerville, and OL Chasen Hines – all starting at least one game.

4In 2017, 20 true freshmen saw action for the Tigers, a number that led the nation. In addition, eight true freshmen started at least one game for the Tigers that year.

4Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is expected to join that group and become the sixth true freshman on the defensive side of the ball to start a season opener in the last 20 seasons.

4The 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   

8 (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)

2014: 6 (Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)

2012: 6 (Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)

2013: 5 (Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre’Davious White)

2018 4 (Terrace Marshall Jr., Ja’Marr Chase, Micah Baskerville, Chasen Hines)

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)

2016 1 (Dee Anderson)


Senior Class

4When LSU takes the field on Saturday night vs. Georgia Southern, they will do so with 12 seniors on its roster.

4The 12 seniors ties for sixth nationally in terms of smallest senior classes in college football for 2019. 4Texas A&M and Virginia Tech with six each led the way, followed by Penn State (10), Appalachian State (11) and Coastal Carolina (11).

4LSU is joined with 12 seniors by North Carolina State, Rice, and Wake Forest. All 12 of LSU’s seniors have started at least one game during their LSU career.


1,000-Yard Rushing Streak Reaches 6 Years

4LSU goes into 2019 riding a streak of six consecutive years with a 1,000-yard rusher.

4Last year, Nick Brossette, in his first season as a starter, rushed for 1,039 yards and 14 TDs in helping the Tigers to a 10-3 mark.

4Here’s a look at LSU’s 1,000-yard rushers during the 6-year streak:

2013       Jeremy Hill                     1,401 yards

2014       Leonard Fournette    1,034 yards

2015       Leonard Fournette    1,953 yards (school record)

2016       Derrius Guice                1,387 yards

2017       Derrius Guice                1,153 yards

2018       Nick Brossette              1,039 yards


LSU Is 78-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards

4In the last 165 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 132-22 when that happens.

4Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 79-5.

4An 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 78-0.

4The 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          9-0        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          9-1         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          10-2      0-1          5-3         5-0        5-0

Totals      134-22                 5-21       60-37  80-5             78-0


Chaisson, Cushenberry III Carry on No. 18 Tradition

4Two LSU standouts – both in the classroom  and on the football field – have been awarded the prestigious No. 18 jersey by head coach Ed Orgeron.

4Center Lloyd Cushenberry III and linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson were presented the jerseys at the beginning of camp, marking just the second time since the tradition began in 2003 that two Tigers have been issued the No. 18 jersey in the same season.

4Cushenberry III is the first offensive lineman to be selected to wear the No. 18 jersey

4As an offensive lineman, the rules of college football prevent Cushenberry III from actually wearing the No. 18 jersey so instead his No. 79 jersey will be accompanied by a No. 18 patch. The Carville native, who played locally at Dutchtown High School, will wear the No. 18 jersey at practice.

4Jersey 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 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

2018             Foster Moreau     TE

2019             Lloyd Cushenberry III        C

2019             K’Lavon Chaisson               LB


Burrow Brings Experience as Returning Starting Quarterback

4Quarterback Joe Burrow will provide valuable experience for the LSU offense in 2019 and become the fifth LSU quarterback to start in consecutive season openers since 1998.

4Only 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.

4A year ago, Burrow burst onto the scene with an outstanding year for the Tigers, leading the squad to a 10-3 overall mark and No. 6 national ranking.

4Burrow set or tied eight school records in 2018 and became the first quarterback in LSU history to throw for 2,500 yard and rush for 350 yards or more in a season.

4With 10 wins a year ago as LSU’s starter, Burrow could join JaMarcus Russell as the only quarterbacks in school history to lead the Tigers to at least 10 wins in back-to-back seasons.


Jefferson Back After Leading LSU In Every Receiving Category

4In 2018, Justin Jefferson became the first Tiger to lead the team in every receiving category since 2011 when Rueben Randle accomplished the feat.

4Jefferson paced the Tigers in receptions (54), receiving yards (875), yards per catch (16.2), touchdowns (6), and receiving yards per game (67.3). Jefferson did all that in what was his first year as a starter and it was also the first season in which he caught a pass.

4Randle’s numbers in 2011 were: receptions (53), yards (917), yards per catch (17.3), touchdowns (8) and yards per game (65.5).


LSU Punter Von Rosenberg One of Nation’s Oldest Players

4At 28 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the fifth-oldest player in college football in 2019. 4Rosenberg, who spent six years playing Minor League Baseball before joining the LSU program in 2016, will turn 29 in September.

4The oldest player in college football is 32-year old Colorado placekicker James Stefanou. Wade Lees (P, Maryland) is 31, Houston punter Dane Roy is 30 and West Virginia tight end Jesse Beal is 29.


We are DBU:

4Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 19, including six in the first round.

4LSU produced two consensus All-America DBs in 2018 in Grant Delpit and Greedy Williams.

4LSU has produced 11 first team All-American defensive backs since 2000.

4LSU has also had defensive backs claim four national awards since 2010: Patrick Peterson 2010 Bednarik Award; Patrick Peterson 2010 Thorpe Award; Tyrann Mathieu 2011 Bednarik Award; Morris Claiborne 2011 Thorpe Award.

4Since the 2007 NFL Draft, LSU has had six DBs picked in the first round.


Chaisson, Delpit, Fulton Named Preseason All-Americans

4LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, safety Grant Delpit and Cornerback Kristian Fulton were tabbed as preseason All-Americans by multiple news organizations.

4Delpit a junior safety from Houston, is coming off a breakout season a year ago as he became only the ninth unanimous All-America in school history.

4Fulton, a senior cornerback from New Orleans, started the first 10 games at cornerback a year ago before suffering a season-ending injury against Arkansas. Fulton finished with 25 tackles, one interception and ranked No. 4 in the SEC in passes defended with 10.

4Delpit and Fulton were named by USA Today as the No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, defensive backs in college football.

4Chaisson earned a spot on the ESPN team despite playing only one game a year ago as he suffered a season-ending injury in the fourth quarter of LSU’s season-opening win over Miami. In his only appearance last year, Chaisson had five tackles, including a sack for an 8-yard loss and a quarterback hurry in the win over the Hurricanes.



Five Tigers To Play in 2019 As a College Graduate

4During the 2019 season, five Tigers are going to take the field as a college graduate, four of which are LSU graduates.

4LSU’s list of five college graduates includes one graduate transfers – QB Joe Burrow (Ohio State).

4In addition to the five Tigers with diplomas in hand, twelve are projected to graduate in Fall 2019 – Dee Anderson, Connor Culp, Lloyd Cushenberry III, Derrick Dillon, Michael Divinity, Kristian Fulton, Rashard Lawrence, Damien Lewis, Adrian Magee, Ray Thornton, Badara Traore and Zach Von Rosenberg.

4Here’s the list of college graduates on the LSU roster for 2019:

Name                  Major (School)                                        Graduation Date

Joe Burrow       Consumer/Family Financial Services (Ohio State)  Spring, 2018

Breiden Fehoko                                                                       Communication Studies               Summer, 2019

Blake Ferguson                                                                       Marketing               Spring, 2018

Lanard Fournette                                                                    Sports Administration    Spring, 2019

Stephen Sullivan                                                                    Interdisciplinary Studies               Summer, 2019


Second Generation Tigers

4LSU’s roster features two players who are second generation Tigers.

4True freshmen Thomas Perry and Brandon Hubicz are both following in their dads footsteps as LSU football players.

4Thomas Perry, an offensive lineman from Teurlings Catholic in Lafayette, is the son of Adam Perry, who played offensive guard for the Tigers from 1994-97

4Brandon Hubiz, a tight end from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, is the son of Jim Hubicz, who played offensive tackle and guard for the Tigers from 1986-89.


LSU Family Connections

4LSU has some unique family-football connections on this year’s team. The following is a look at those football-related connections with current Tigers:

4WR Justin Jefferson – younger brother of former LSU starting QB Justin Jefferson (2008-11) and starting DB Rickey Jefferson (2013-16). Jordan is currently on the coaching staff at Colorado State.

4RB Lanard Fournette – younger brother of former LSU All-American and first round NFL Draft pick Leonard Fournette.

TE Aaron Moffitt – son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt. Aaron’s brother Clay just completed a two-year stint on the LSU baseball team.

4SNP Blake Ferguson – younger brother of four-year LSU starting long snapper Reid Ferguson, who is currently in his third year with the Buffalo Bills.

4TE Thaddeus Moss – son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of arguably the greatest receiver in NFL history in Randy Moss.

4CB Derek Stingley Jr. – grandson of the late Darryl Stingley, a first round draft pick by the New England Patriots who had his NFL career tragically ended on August 12, 1978 with a spinal cord injury.


Two-Sport Tigers

4Three current LSU football players – DB Kary Vincent Jr., S Kenan Jones and DB Maurice Hampton Jr. –  are two-sport athletes.

4Vincent Jr. and Jones are also members of the LSU track and field team. Vincent ran the lead leg of LSU’s 2018 SEC Championship 4×100 meter relay team. Jones placed seventh in the long jump (25’0.75”) at the 2019 SEC Indoor Meet, scoring two points for the Tigers. Jones qualified for the 2019 NCAA Championships with a leap of 25’2.75” at the NCAA East Regional in May.

4Hampton Jr. is a member of the LSU baseball team. The Tennessee native was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2019 Major League Draft and elected to attend LSU. Hampton Jr. was the first player in Tennessee history to earn Mr. Football and Mr. Baseball honors in the same season.


LSU Amongst Best in the Nation Since 2000

4LSU is amongst the best in the nation since 2000 with 186 wins.

4The Tigers rank fifth in the country and second in the SEC in wins.

4Here is the list of teams with the most wins since 2000:

  1. Boise State   207-41

Oklahoma      207-47

  1. Ohio State     205-43
  2.           Alabama         192-61
  3.           LSU                    186-59

Georgia           186-65

  1.            USC                   180-66
  2. Wisconsin     177-73

TCU                   177-64

  1.         Oregon            176-68
  2. Florida State 175-74
  3. Texas               173-71



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