Former LSU Tiger Marcus Spears
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19 Starters from '03 Title Team on NFL Rosters
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Published: May 11, 2006, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:20 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- With 13 members from the 2005 LSU football team on NFL rosters heading into training camp later this summer, the Tigers now have 19 players who started in the 2003 BCS National Championship game against Oklahoma playing professional football.

The Tigers, who captured the 2003 BCS National Championship with their 21-14 win over the Sooners, can also claim 12 graduates among their starting lineup from that game. LSU finished the 2003 season with a 13-1 mark.

Nine starters from both the offense and defensive units are in the NFL, while the punter (Donnie Jones) is also playing professional football. Four players who started in the national championship game in 2003 are still on the LSU roster heading into the 2006 season -- running back Justin Vincent, free safety LaRon Landry, punter/placekicker Chris Jackson and placekicker Ryan Gaudet.

LSU’s defensive front, which consisted of defensive ends in Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill, along with defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Chad Lavalais, were all drafted by NFL clubs. Spears was a first round pick by the Cowboys, Hill a second round selection by the Patriots, Lavalais a fifth round pick by the Falcons and Williams a fifth rounder by the Bills.

The Tiger skill positions were also coveted by the NFL as three starting receivers, the starting quarterback and a backup running back have all been drafted by NFL franchises. Michael Clayton, a two-year starter now for Tampa Bay, was the 15th player taken in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Devery Henderson was a second round pick for the Saints, while Skyler Green was most recently selected by the Cowboys. Matt Mauck, who is currently a backup quarterback for the Titans, was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 draft by Denver.

Joseph Addai, who had only two carries in the win over the Sooners, was recently selected in the first round with the 30th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts becoming the third first rounder from that squad.

The following is a look at LSU’s starting lineup against Oklahoma in the 2003 BCS National Championship game and where those players are today:

Offense

Pos.

Player

Current Team

How Acquired

WR

Devery Henderson

NFL -- Saints

2nd round - 2004

LT

Andrew Whitworth

NFL -- Bengals

2nd round - 2006

LG

Nate Livings

NFL -- Bengals

Free Agent - 2006

C

Ben Wilkerson

NFL -- Bengals

Free Agent - 2006

RG

Stephen Peterman

NFL -- Cowboys

3rd round - 2004

RT

Rodney Reed

retired from football

N/A

TE

Eric Edwards

NFL -- Cardinals

Free Agent - 2005

WR

Michael Clayton

NFL -- Buccaneers

1st round - 2004

WR

Skyler Green

NFL -- Cowboys

3rd round - 2006

QB

Matt Mauck

NFL -- Titans

7th round - 2004

RB

Justin Vincent

senior on LSU team in 2006

N/A

Defense

LE

Marcus Spears

NFL -- Cowboys

1st round -- 2005

LT

Kyle Williams

NFL -- Bills

5th round - 2006

RT

Chad Lavalais

NFL -- Falcons

5th round - 2004

RE

Marquise Hill

NFL -- Patriots

2nd round - 2004

LB

Eric Alexander

NFL -- Patriots

Free Agent - 2004

LB

Lionel Turner

retired from football

N/A

LB

Cameron Vaughn

NFL -- Broncos

Free Agent - 2006

LCB

Corey Webster

NFL -- Giants

2nd round - 2005

SS

Jack Hunt

NFL -- Dolphins

Free Agent -- 2004

FS

LaRon Landry

senior on LSU team in 2006

N/A

RCB

Travis Daniels

NFL -- Dolphins

4th round - 2005

Special Teams

P

Donnie Jones

NFL -- Dolphins

7th round -- 2004

PK

Chris Jackson

senior on LSU team in 2006

N/A

PK

Ryan Gaudet

senior on LSU team in 2006

N/A

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