2017 LSU Football Game Notes & Transcripts

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Game Notes for the 2017 LSU Football team, as well as the weekly opponents' notes, will be published prior to each game.

 

LSU (2-1) vs. Syracuse (2-1)
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) – ESPN2

LSU
Record 2-1, 0-1 SEC
Ranking #23 Coaches/ #25 AP
Last Game Sept. 16 at Mississippi St.
Loss, 37-7
Head Coach Ed Orgeron
Career Record 23-30
LSU Record 8-3
vs. Syracuse First Meeting
LSU vs. Syracuse 2-1

Syracuse
Record 2-1
Ranking -
Last Game Sept. 16 vs. Central Michigan
Won, 41-17
Head Coach Dino Babers
Career Record 6-9, 2nd Season
Syracuse Record Same
vs. LSU First Meeting

- LSU dropped its Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday night in Starkville to Mississippi State, 37-7.
- The Tigers return to Tiger Stadium to face Syracuse at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.
- The Orange are coming off of a 41-17 win over Central Michigan and own a 2-1 record this season.
- LSU owns a streak of 48 straight non-conference victories at home. The Tigers have not lost a home non-conference game since 2000.
- RB Derrius Guice finished as the Tigers' leading rusher with 76 yards on 15 attempts. This season, Guice has rushed for 300 yards on 57 attempts at 100 yards per game.
- Guice owns 2,123 rushing yards for his career which ranks 14th on LSU's career rushing list. Guice passed Domanick Davis on Saturday night.
- RB Darrel Williams scored the Tigers' lone touchdown on Saturday night, a 10-yard run for 14th of his career and fourth of the season. Williams is 10 yards away from reaching 1,000 career rushing yards.
- LB Arden Key appeared in his first game of the season and totaled three tackles and half sack. Key owns 17.5 sacks and is just a half sack away from moving into the top-10 of LSU's career sack rankings.
- DE Christian LaCouture and LB Devin White led the Tigers on Saturday night with 11 tackles. Both recorded career highs and White has led the team in tackles in all three games this season.
- DJ Chark is the Tigers' leading receiver with 203 yards. Eleven Tigers have recorded receptions this season.

By The Numbers
48 The number of games LSU has won in a row against non-conference opponents in Tiger Stadium. The last loss to a non-conference foe in Tiger Stadium came in 2000 vs. UAB.

0 The number of times LSU has turned the ball over this season. It's the second time since 1937 LSU has gone through the first three games of a season without a turnover. LSU is one of just two teams in the nation without a turnover.

276 The number rushing attempts by LSU since it last lost a fumble. The last time LSU lost a fumble on a rushing attempt came in the second quarter against Florida in 2016.

LSU Notebook
LSU Against the ACC
- LSU is 36-27 all-time against current Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions in program history.
- The Tigers are familiar with the conference after having played Syracuse, Clemson, North Carolina and Louisville in recent history.
- Its most recent meeting with an ACC team came against Louisville in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, a 29-9 win .

Orgeron is 2-0 Following a Loss
Head Coach Ed Orgeron is 2-0 following a loss as the Tigers' head coach.
- Orgeron and the Tigers have outscored their opponents 92-49 with both wins coming on the road last season against Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Offense, Defense Winning Turnover Battle
- The LSU offense is just one of three teams without a turnover this season and one of two teams in the nation without a turnover in three games.
- This marks the second time in school history than an LSU team has not turned the ball over in its first three games.
- The defense has given LSU a +3 turnover margin with interceptions by Andraez "Greedy" Williams and true freshman Kary Vincent Jr. Williams has two interceptions through the first two games and Vincent Jr. intercepted his first ball against Chattanooga on a one-handed catch.

Guice Surpasses 2,000 Career Yards, Nearing Top-10 List
- RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000 career rushing yard mark in LSU's win over Chattanooga. The Baton Rouge native became the 16th player in LSU history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in a career.
- Guice passed Leonard Fournette as the most efficient rusher to surpass 2,000 yards as he needed 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette's 302. Guice is 93 yards away from moving into the top-10 of LSU's career rushing yard list.
- A year ago, Guice became the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards.
CAREER
1. 4,557 Kevin Faulk (41 games) 1995-98
2. 4,050 Dalton Hilliard (44 games) 1982-85
3. 4,035 Charles Alexander (44 games) 1975-78
4. 3,830 Leonard Fournette (32 games) 2014-16
5. 2,860 Harvey Williams (40 games) 1986-90
6. 2,576 Joseph Addai (51 games) 2001-05
7. 2,517 Terry Robiskie (42 games) 1973-76
8. 2,317 Charles Scott (43 games) 2006-09
9. 2,238 Rondell Mealey (46 games) 1996-99
10. 2,217 Garry James (42 games) 1982-85
14. 2,124 Derrius Guice (27 games) 2015-present

LSU Has Fifth-Longest Non-Conference Home Winning Streak Of All-Time
- With 48 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home in Tiger Stadium, the LSU football team can lay claim to having the longest among current teams and the fifth-longest ever in college football.
- The last loss at home to a non-SEC opponent came in 2000 against UAB, but since 2001 LSU has gone unblemished when playing in front of their home fans. The only other team to have a longer streak in the modern era was Miami from 1985-94 with 48.
- Here’s a look a the longest non-conference home winning streaks:
Team Years Non-Conference Home Win Streak
1. Harvard 1890-1895 55
2. Carlisle 1901-1915 54
3. Yale 1886-1895 50
4. Wisconsin 1897-1909 50
5. LSU 2001-Present 48
Miami (FL) 1985-1994 48

LSU’s Has Had a 100-Yard Rusher In 12 Straight Non-Conference Games
- LSU is riding a streak of 12 consecutive non-conference games with a 100-yard rusher. LSU is 10-2 in those games with the setbacks coming in last year’s season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and the 2014 Music City Bowl against Notre Dame.
- The last time LSU failed to have a 100-yard rusher in a non-SEC game came in a 52-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on September 13, 2014.
- The following is a look at LSU’s current 10-game 100-yard rushing in non-conference games:
Date Player (Yards) Opponent
Sept. 27, 2014 Leonard Fournette (122 yards, 2 TDs) Def. New Mexico State, 63-7
Dec. 30, 2014 Leonard Fournette (143 yards, 2 TDs) Lost Notre Dame, 31-28 (Music City)
Sept. 26, 2015 Leonard Fournette (244 yards, 2 TDs) Def. Syracuse, 34-24
Oct. 3, 2015 Leonard Fournette (233 yards, 3 TDs) Def. Eastern Michigan, 44-22
Oct. 24, 2015 Leonard Fournette (150 yards, 1 TD) Def. Western Kentucky, 48-20
Dec. 29, 2015 Leonard Fournette (212 yards, 4 TDs) Def. Texas Tech, 56-27 (Texas Bowl)
Sept. 3, 2016 Leonard Fournette (138 yards) Lost Wisconsin, 16-14
Sept. 10, 2016 Derrius Guice (155 yards, 1 TD) Def. Jacksonville State, 34-13
Oct. 5, 2016 Derrius Guice (162 yards, 2 TDs) Def. Southern Miss, 45-10
Dec. 31, 2016 Derrius Guice (138 yards, 1 TD) Def. Louisville, 29-9 (Citrus Bowl)
Sept. 2, 2017 Derrius Guice (122 yards, 2 TDs) Def. BYU, 27-0
Sept. 9, 2017 Derrius Guice (102 yards, 2 TDs) Def. Chattanooga, 45-10

Etling is Tigers' Starting Quarterback
- When senior Danny Etling took the first snap against BYU, he became the most veteran LSU quarterback in terms of collegiate starts since Herb Tyler in 1998.
- Etling owns 25 career starts (13 at LSU, 12 at Purdue)
- Etling is 9-4 as LSU’s starting quarterback.
- The LSU graduate has guided the Tigers to wins over Jacksonville State, Missouri, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, BYU and Chattanooga.

True Freshmen Continue to Play Big Roles at LSU
- So far this season, 20 true freshmen have played for the Tigers, which is the most in the nation after two weeks of the season.
- Against BYU, 17 true freshmen saw action for the most by an LSU team in a season opener since at least 1995.
- LSU tied Georgia and Miami for the most true freshmen to play in a season opener in the nation. The following is a list of teams that played double-digit true freshmen in its season opener: LSU (17), Georgia (17), Miami (17), Arizona (12), Illinois (12), Baylor (11), USC (11), Colorado State (10), Duke (10), Florida (10, Michigan (10) and Virginia (10)
- The following is a list of true freshmen who have played this season: QB Myles Brennan, TE/F Tory Carter LB K’Lavon Chaisson, RG Saahdiq Charles, OG Austin Deculus, FS Grant Delpit, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DE Neil Farrell Jr., S Todd Harris Jr., OG Ed Ingram, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jontre Kirklin, WR Racey McMath, WR Mannie Netherly LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, WR JaCoby Stevens, LB Tyler Taylor, DE Justin Thomas, CB Kary Vincent Jr.

Fourteen First-Time Starters So Far in 2017
- Fourteen Tigers have earned starts for the first time so far this season: DE Ed Alexander, OG Garrett Brumfield, RG Saahdiq Charles, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, WR Drake Davis, S Grant Delpit, WR Derrick Dillon, OL Ed Ingram, DE Rashard Lawrence, DE Glen Logan, LB Tyler Taylor, Nickel Kary Vincent Jr., CB Andraez Williams and LB Devin White.
- LSU's six true freshmen starters in 2017 are tied for the second highest since the 2005 season.
The four true freshmen (Charles, Chaisson, Taylor and Delpit) who started the season opener matched the total number between 2000-16.
- The four true freshmen starters were the most in the nation to start the 2017 season: 4 LSU (1 offense, 3 defense), 3 Arizona (0 offense, 3 defense), 3 Baylor (1 offense, 2 defense), 3 Illinois (0 offense, 3 defense)
- With Charles' start against BYU, he became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line since at least World War II.
- The following have started a season opener since 2000: Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Tolliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills, (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels, Nickle, 2003).

Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
2015: 7 (Arden Key, Donte Jackson, Foster Moreau, Bry’Kiethon Mouton, Maea Teuhema, Kevin Toliver II, Toby Weathersby)
2017 6 (K'Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram, Tyler Taylor, Kary Vincent Jr.)
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)
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)

#NFLSU - 50 Tigers Lead Nation with Most Players on NFL Rosters
- LSU can lay claim as #NFLU with 50 players on NFL opening day rosters for 2017
- The Tigers are the only team in the nation to reach the 50-player mark
- Below is a list of the schools with the most players on NFL Rosters:
1. LSU 50
T2. USC 45
T2. Florida 45
T4. Miam 44
T4. Alabama 44

Chark Returns TD, Sets Career High
- Senior WR DJ Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Chattanooga for his first career special teams touchdown.
- The punt return was the first since DB Tre'Davious White returned a 60-yard punt against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2016.
- Chark also totaled three catches for a career-high 103 yards. The Alexandria, Louisiana native surpassed 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career.

Louisiana's Own Takes the Field as Head Coach of the Tigers
- Coach Orgeron became the first Louisiana native to take the field as the head coach of the Tigers in a season-opener since 1983 when West Monroe native Jerry Stovall coached the Tigers. Stovall and the Tigers lost to Florida State, 40-35, to open the 1983 season.
- Prior to Stovall, the last time LSU was coached by a Louisiana native came from 1948-54 when Homer native Gaynell Tinsley was coach of the Tigers.
- Orgeron, Stovall and Tinsley are the only Louisiana natives to serve as head coach of the Tigers in the SEC era.

Dominant Defense Shuts Out BYU
- The LSU defense allowed just 97 total yards in the season opener and -5 yards on the ground. The 97 yards were the fewest since limiting ULM to 93 in 2014. The rushing yards were the fewest allowed since Ole Miss had -50 yards on Oct. 3, 1982.
- The BYU offense's average start was its own 19-yard line. The LSU defense did not allow BYU to cross the 50-yard line. LSU became the fifth FBS team in the last 10 seasons to now allow its FBS opponent to cross midfield. The following are the times a defense has not allowed its opponent to cross midfield: BYU vs LSU (Saturday); FIU vs Louisville (2013); UMASS vs Uconn (2012); New Mexico St vs Ohio St (2009); Washington St vs USC (2008).

Brumfield Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after BYU Performance
- Junior Garrett Brumfield was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance in the season opener against BYU.
- Brumfield played 70 offensive snaps at left guard, leading the Tigers with 12 knockdown blocks in the win over the Cougars.
- It marked Brumfield's first honor and the first individual award for the Tigers in 2017.

Weather Impacted Games for LSU Football
- LSU played a weather-impacted game for the fourth time in three years against BYU. Following the devastating rain from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the season opener was moved to New Orleans and the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
- Last year, LSU's game against Florida was relocated to Baton Rouge and moved to Nov. 19 following Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, LSU's home opener against McNeese State was canceled due to a nearly four-hour lightning delay. Then, in week five, horrific flooding in the state of South Caroline forced LSU to host the Gamecocks in tiger Stadium.
- The following is a look at some other notable weather-impacted LSU games through the years:

Corey Thompson Is the Elder Statesman on Tiger Defense
- Graduate student Corey Thompson enters his sixth season with the Tigers in 2017 after getting an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA due to missing 2014 and 2016 with injuries.
- Thompson played as a true freshman in 2012, appearing in 13 games and recording 11 tackles. That year, Thompson played alongside 10 defensive players who are currently in the NFL.
- This season, Thompson will play alongside some LSU true freshmen who were in eighth grade when Thompson saw his first action as an LSU Tiger in 2012.
- Thompson graduated from LSU in December of 2015 with a degree in sports administration. At the time of Thompson’s college graduation, members of LSU’s 2017 freshman class were only sophomores in high school.

Six to Play in 2017 as LSU Graduate
- During the 2017 season, six Tigers are going to take the field as LSU graduates.
Name Major Graduation Date Games Played
Danny Etling Mass Communication Summer 2017 14
Frank Herron Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2017 26
Christian LaCouture Sport Administration Summer 2016 40
K.J. Malone Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 32
Jonathan Rucker Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 19
Corey Thompson Sport Administration Spring 2016 36

Orgeron Begins New Tradition with Two No. 18’s
- Senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture was awarded the prestigious No. 18 during the spring after electing to return to Baton Rouge for a fifth season.
- LaCouture began a new tradition of two No. 18s as senior John David Moore was selected to wear the number on the offensive side. It marked the first time since the tradition began in 2003 that two players have worn the number.
- The prestigious No. 18 began 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.
- 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

Guice Joins Elite SEC Company With Two 250-Yard Rushing Games in 2016
- With a pair of 250-yard rushing games in 2016, RB Derrius Guice joined elite SEC company as he along with Moe Williams of Kentucky are the only two players in league history to have two 250-yard rushing games in the same season. Williams did it in 1995 with 299 yards vs. South Carolina and 272 vs. Cincinnati.
- Guice had 252 yards vs. Arkansas in week 9 and then followed that with a record-setting day of 285 yards vs. Texas A&M in week 11.
- Guice joins Williams are joined by Auburn’s Bo Jackson and Georgia’s Herschel Walker as the only four players in SEC history with two 250-yard games to their credit in a career.

Guice Breaks Single-Game Rushing Mark, Becomes First LSU Player With Two 250-Plus Yard Rushing Games in Same Season
- In the regular season finale against Texas A&M, running back Derrius Guice broke Leonard e’s LSU single-game rushing record by a yard with 285 and four touchdowns in LSU’s 54-39 win over the Aggies.
- Guice carried the ball 37 times in the victory and out-rushed the entire Texas A&M unit by himself as he became the first LSU player in program history to have two games of 250 yards or more when coupled with his 252 against Arkansas just two weeks prior.
- In SEC history, he is only the fourth player ever to do so joining the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Moe Williams.

LSU is DBU
- With two first team All-America defensive backs in 2016, LSU can easily back up its claim as being “DBU”. With the addition of Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams, LSU has now produced 10 first team All-American defensive backs since 2003.
- Overall, LSU claims 14 first team All-America defensive backs, including three-time selection Tommy Casanova (1969, 1970, 1971) and two-time pick Corey Webster (2003, 2004).
- In terms of the NFL, since 2007 LSU has had more defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft (17) than any other team in the nation. Of LSU’s 17 NFL Draft picks since 2007, six have been first round picks and five came in either the second or third round.

LSU Welcomes Mike VII to Start Season
- LSU introduced the former Harvey as Mike VII on the first day of the fall semester, August 21, after a 10-month search for a new Tiger.
- Mike VII is a Siiberian-Bengal male Tiger and was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.”
- Mikes IV, V and VI were also donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and LSU does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers.
- Here’s a look at notable moments during the reign of each of the previous Mike’s in LSU history:
Mascot Years Notable Moments (Football Record)
Mike I 1936-56 Purchased for $750, was the longest living mascot at 20 years (115-83-14)
Mike II 1956-58 The shortest reign with two tigers being used that season (8-12)
Mike III 1958-76 First football national title and three SEC titles during reign, (142-50-7)
Mike IV 1976-90 Two SEC championships (141-63-6 )
Mike V 1990-2007 Football national title, five baseball national championships (120-72-1)
Mike VI 2007-2016 Football national title, baseball national title (92-30)
Mike VII 2017-present (1-0)

Non-Conference Regular Season Success since 2000
- LSU leads the Southeastern Conference in wins against non-conference opponents during the regular season since 2000.
- LSU has won 60 of 63 games and owns a .952 winning percentage.
School Games Wins Losses Streak
LSU 64 61 3 W4
Arkansas 66 57 9 L1
Georgia 67 59 8 W3
Alabama 67 56 11 W36
Auburn 67 55 12 W1
Tennessee 66 54 11 W8
South Carolina 65 53 12 W1
Florida 64 49 15 L2
Ole Miss 67 50 17 L1
Kentucky 66 49 17 W5
Mississippi State 66 47 19 W3
Texas A&M 23 22 1 W2
Missouri 22 17 5 L1

LSU: One of Conference’s Elite Teams Over Last 10 Seasons
Over the last 10 seasons, LSU has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams with 99 wins. The program is just one of three teams with bowl appearances in all 10 seasons.

LSU is one of four teams to win an SEC Championship and one of four to win a national championship in that span.
SEC National AP
School Record Bowls Champ Champ. Top 25
Alabama 117-19 10 5 4 9
LSU 100-33 10 2 1 7
Georgia 96-39 10 0 0 5
Florida 92-41 9 1 1 5
Missouri 86-48 7 0 0 5
Auburn 84-49 8 2 1 4
South Carolina 80-52 8 0 0 4
Texas A&M 79-53 9 0 0 3
Mississippi State 76-55 8 0 0 2
Arkansas 72-57 7 0 0 2
Tennessee 70-60 6 0 0 2
Ole Miss 68-61 6 0 0 4
Kentucky 57-71 5 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 56-72 5 0 0 2

LSU Is 70-0 Under When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
In the last 156 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 117-16 when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 71-5. 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 70-0.
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 5-0
2016 8-3 0-1 3-3 5-0 5-0
2017 2-1 - 0-1 2-0 2-0
Totals 117-17 5-20 51-30 71-5 70-0

True Freshmen Play Big Roles at LSU
LSU recently has never shied away from playing true freshmen. In the last 12 years, a total of 148 true freshmen have seen action for LSU, including 20 in 2017. Of the 145 true freshmen who have played, 50 have started at least once during their freshman season.

Aranda Returns as Nation’s Elite Coordinator
LSU’s defense under coordinator Dave Aranda allowed the fewest touchdowns (16) and fewest touchdowns per game (1.3) in college football in 2016. The Tigers’ defense finished ranked No. 5 in points per game and No. 10 in total yards. In 2016, LSU held six of its 12 opponents to fewer than 300 total yards. LSU’s most dominant performance came against Louisville and the Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the bowl game. Aranda’s defense held Louisville to season lows for points and rushing yards as the Tigers recorded eight sacks, just one shy of tying the school record.

The Aussie Punting Connection
Since the 2011 season, LSU has had the unique connection of having an Australian native punter. Brad Wing, a native of Melbourne, was a 2011 first-team All-American and served as the Tigers’ punter in 2012 as well. Jamie Keehn took over punting duties in 2013 and finished his career with the fourth-best punting average for a career last year as a senior while being a permanent team captain and was named to the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Sophomore Josh Growden has been the Tigers' punter over the last two seasons. Growden was selected to the All-SEC Freshman team after averaging 41.4 yards on 57 punts.

Aranda’s LSU Defense Allowed Just Four First Half Touchdowns In Last Eight Games
Dating back to the start of last year’s Alabama game, LSU’s defense, under the direction of Dave Aranda, has limited opponents to only four touchdowns in the first half of the final five games of 2016 and through the first three weeks of 2017.
Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi State are the only teams to score first half TDs against the Tigers.

This Day vs. Night Thing in Tiger Stadium

The facts indicate that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The numbers show that since 1960, LSU is 246-65-4 at night under the lights compared to a 34-26-3 mark in Tiger Stadium during the day.

Since 2000, LSU is 104-17 overall at home, which includes a 80-10 mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 24-7 record during the day.

Prior to 2000, LSU had only won 10 games at home during the day in 32 tries.

From 1960 to 1999, LSU posted a 10-19-3 (.359) record at home during the day. The following is a breakdown of LSU’s night record, day record and overall record in Tiger Stadium since 1960:
Decade at Night during the day Overall
1960-69 47-9-2 2-2-1 49-11-3
1970-79 51-12-1 1-2 52-14-1
1980-89 38-16-1 3-5-2 41-21-3
1990-99 30-18 4-10 34-28
2000-09 49-5 11-6 60-11
2010-15 25-4 13-0 38-4
2016-17 6-1 0-1 6-2
Totals 246-65-4 34-26-3 280-91-7

Tiger Stadium Top Attendances
No. Att. Opponent Date Results
1. 102,321 Alabama Nov. 5, 2016 Lost, 10-0
102,321 Florida Oct. 17, 2015 Won, 35-28
102,321 Eastern Michigan Oct. 3, 2015 Won, 44-22
102,321 Auburn Sept. 19, 2015 Won, 45-21
102,321 Alabama Nov. 8, 2014 Lost, 20-13 (OT)
102,321 Ole Miss Oct. 25, 2014 Won, 10-7
102,321 Mississippi State Sept. 20, 2014 Lost, 34-29
8. 102,164 Southern Miss Oct. 15, 2015 Won, 45-10
9. 102,071 Missouri Oct. 2, 2016 Won, 42-7
10 102,043 Florida Nov 19, 2016 Lost, 16-10
11. 101,987 New Mexico State Sept. 27, 2014 Won, 63-7
12. 101,803 Texas A&M Nov. 28, 2015 Won, 19-7
13. 101,720 Ole Miss Oct. 22, 2016 Won, 38-21
14. 101,699 Arkansas Nov. 14, 2015 Lost, 31-14
15. 101,581 Kentucky Oct. 18, 2014 Won, 41-3

#NFLSU – Tigers Lead The Way On Week 1 NFL Rosters Since 2014
Since 2014, the LSU football program has had the most former players on active NFL rosters heading into week one than any program in the nation with a combined 121. In 2016, LSU again leads the way with 43 former players on NFL 53-man squads, topping all other schools for the third-straight season, as it’s also the second consecutive year there have been at least 40 Tigers on active rosters. The SEC makes up four of the top five over that span, while being five of six schools with at least 100 players in the NFL over that time.

School Total No. of Players
LSU 121
Alabama 112
Florida State 105
Georgia 104
Florida 102
Southern California 102

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