LSU Football Teams of the Century; Next Great 25

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As part of LSU’s celebration of 125 seasons of football in 2018, the school released “The Next Great 25,” a team comprised of the 25 best players by position over the past quarter century. The team was selected by the permanent team captains from 1993-2017.

For players to be placed on the ballot they had to fall under one of the following categories: First Team All-America, First-Team All-SEC, or first round NFL Draft pick. The team consists of 11 players on offense and defense along with three specialists.

The “Next Great 25” serves as a compliment to LSU’s Team of the Century, which was selected as part of the school’s Centennial Football Celebration in 1993.

Next Great 25 (1993-2017)
Selected in 2018

Offense 
C - Ben Wilkerson, 2001-04
OL - Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05
OL - Alan Faneca, 1995-97
OL - La'el Collins, 2011-14
OL - Trai Turner, 2012-13
QB - Matt Flynn, 2004-07
RB - Leonard Fournette, 2014-16
RB - Kevin Faulk, 1995-98
WR - Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13
WR - Josh Reed, 1999-2001
WR - Michael Clayton, 2001-03

Defense
DL - Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07
DL - Kyle Williams, 2002-05
DL - Marcus Spears, 2001-04
DL - Anthony McFarland, 1995-98
LB - Bradie James, 1999-2002
LB - Ali Highsmith, 2004-07
LB - Kelvin Sheppard, 2007-10
DB - Patrick Peterson, 2008-10
DB - Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11
DB - LaRon Landry, 2003-06
DB - Corey Webster, 2001-04

Special Teams
RS - Trindon Holliday, 2006-09
PK - Colt David, 2005-08
P - Donnie Jones, 1999-2003


In 1993, as part of the commemoration of the first 100 years of LSU football, two teams were selected to represent the greatest players in the history of the Tiger gridiron.

The Early Years Team of the Century represents the best players from 1893, the first year of LSU football, until 1936, generally considered the advent of modern day college football. The Early Years Team of the Century was selected by an 11-person panel of former and current sports journalists and others close to the LSU football program.

The Modern Day Team of the Century was selected through a state-wide balloting of fans. The ballots were distributed by direct mail and through newspapers across the state.

Any LSU player from 1937 to 1992 who earned All-America, first or second-team All-SEC, LSU Athletic Hall of Fame or Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame honors was named to the ballot. A total of 163 players were listed on the ballot.

The Modern Day Team is comprised of 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players, a kicker and a punter for a total of 26 Team members. The squad was originally slated to include 24 players, but ties were declared in the running back and linebacker categories.

MODERN DAYS TEAM OF THE CENTURY (1936-1992)
Selected in 1993

OFFENSE
WR - Wendell Davis, 1984-87
WR - Eric Martin, 1981-84
OL - Nacho Albergamo, 1984-87
OL - Eric Andolsek, 1984-87
OL - Tyler Lafauci, 1971-73
OL - Lance Smith, 1981-84
OL - Charles “Bo” Strange, 1958-60
QB - Bert Jones, 1970-72
RB - Charles Alexander, 1975-78
RB - Billy Cannon, 1957-59
RB - Dalton Hilliard, 1982-85
RB - Jimmy Taylor, 1956-57
PK - David Browndyke, 1986-89

DEFENSE
DL - A.J. Duhe, 1973-76
DL - Ronnie Estay, 1969-71
DL - Fred Miller, 1960-62
DL - Henry Thomas, 1983-86
LB - Mike Anderson, 1968-70
LB - Micheal Brooks, 1983-86
LB - Warren Capone, 1971-73
LB - Roy“Moonie” Winston, 1959-61
DB - Tommy Casanova, 1969-71
DB - Liffort Hobley, 1980-84
DB - Johnny Robinson, 1957-59
DB - Jerry Stovall, 1960-62
P - Tommy Davis, 1953-58

EARLY DAYS TEAM of the CENTURY (1893-1935)
Selected in 1993

E - Gaynell Tinsley, 1934-36
E - W. Jeff Barrett, 1933-35
L - Justin Rukas, 1933-35
L - Marvin “Moose”Stewart, 1934-36
L - Thomas Dutton, 1912-13
L - Jack Torrance, 1931-33
L - Jess Tinsley, 1926-28
QB - G.E.“Doc” Fenton, 1907-09
B - Jesse Fatherree, 1933-35
B - Abe Mickal, 1933-35
B - Charles “Pinky” Rohm, 1935-37

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