2019 LSU Football Game Notes
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LSU Football – Game Notes vs. Northwestern St.
*Ed Orgeron will become just the sixth LSU head coach to face his Alma Mater when the Tigers host Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
*Orgeron was a four-year starter on the defensive line for the Demons from 1980-83. He graduated from Northwestern State in 1984.
*LSU is 2-0 overall following last week’s 45-38 win over No. 9 Texas in Austin. The Tigers climbed two spots to No. 4 in the AP poll and one spot to No. 5 in the Amway Coaches poll after the win over the Longhorns.
*Northwestern State is 0-2 overall following a 33-7 loss to Midwestern State. The Demons opened the year with a 42-20 setback to Tennessee-Martin.
*LSU will face Northwestern State in football for the first time since 2011 when the Tigers posted a 49-3 win over the Demons in Tiger Stadium. LSU is 11-0 all-time against Northwestern State.
*LSU head coach Ed Orgeron brings a 27-9 mark in 36 games as LSU’s head coach into the contest. Of his 27 wins with the Tigers, 20 have come by double-figures. Orgeron is 12-2 in non-conference games at LSU (2-0 in 2016; 3-2 in 2017; 5-0 in 2018, 2-0 in 2019).
*With the win over No. 9 Texas, Orgeron has now led the Tigers to five wins over Top 10 opponents during his time as head coach.
*LSU’s offense ranks No. 1 in the SEC in passing offense (410.5 ypg) and pass efficiency (89.6 rating) and the Tigers are No. 2 in scoring offense (50.0 ppg) and total offense (522.5 ypg).
*LSU is a perfect 12-of-12 in the redzone this year with 9 of those trips resulting in touchdowns. The Tigers are tied for first in the SEC in redzone offense and No. 3 in the league in redzone defense at 60.0 (3-of-5).
*LSU also leads the SEC in third-down conversion rate having converted on 14-of-26 opportunities.
*LSU QB Joe Burrow ranks first in the nation in passing TDs (9), is No. 2 in pass efficiency (219.1 rating) and No. 4 in passing yards (374.5). He leads the SEC in all three of those passing categories as well as being No. 1 in the league in total offense (379.5).
*Two games into the season, LSU’s top three WRs in Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. have combined for 34 receptions for 572 yards and 9 TDs. Jefferson leads the SEC in yards per game (125.0), while Chase is No. 5 in the league (84.0) and Marshall No. 6 (77.0).
*Jefferson and Chase are tied for the SEC lead in TD receptions with 4.
*PK Cade York ranks No. 1 in the SEC in scoring among kickers (13.0) and his 5 field goals is the second-highest total in the league.
*P Zach Von Rosenberg is No. 3 in the SEC in punting average at 50.2. As a unit, the Tigers are No. 1 in the SEC in net punting at 49.8 yards a punt.
*LBs Michael Divinity (10.0) and Jacob Phillips (8.5) both rank among the top 5 in the SEC in tackles per game, while CB Kristian Fulton is No. 4 in the league in passes defended with 3.
By the Numbers
799 - LSU goes into the Northwestern State game with 799 wins during its history. The Tigers are the 12th winningest program in FBS history.
100 - The number of points LSU has scored in its first two games. LSU has scored 100 points in the first two games of a season during the SEC era only one other time (108 points in 2003).
20 - Burrow has completed at least 20 passes in five straight games, the first time any quarterback in school history has accomplished that feat.
Football Program Nearing 800 Wins
*With an overall record of 799-415-47, the LSU Football program is just one win away from 800 victories in its history.
*LSU ranks 12th amongst FBS programs for all-time wins with 799.
*The Fighting Tigers rank fourth in the Southeastern Conference in wins behind Alabama (907), Tennessee (838) and Georgia (821). Auburn is behind LSU at 13th with 769 victories.
This Isn’t The Old LSU Offense
*LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady promised a spread attack and they’ve delivered in 2019.
*LSU has scored 100 points thru two games, the second most points to start a season by an LSU offense in the SEC era behind only the 2003 team with 108 points.
*The Tigers scored 55 points in game one and 45 in game two. It marked the first time LSU has scored 45 points or more in consecutive games since 2013: 56 vs. UAB and 45 vs. Kent State.
*The LSU offense has the most completed passes (60), attempted passes (78), yards passing (821), touchdown passes (9) thru the first two games of a season in the SEC era.
*LSU is 12-for-12 in the redzone this year with nine of the trips resulting in touchdowns.
*LSU has 1,045 yards of total offense thru the first two games, which ranks second behind the 1977 team that had 1,066.
Orgeron Becomes Sixth LSU Head Coach to Face Their Alma Mater
*When Ed Orgeron takes on Northwestern State on Saturday, it will mark the sixth time an LSU head coach will face his Alma Mater.
*Orgeron was a four-year starter on the defensive line for Northwestern State and the Demons’ captain as a senior in 1983.
*Orgeron began his coaching career at Northwestern State as a graduate assistant for the 1984 season.
*He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
*Orgeron has faced Northwestern State twice as head coach at Ole Miss in 2006 (W, 27-7) and 2007(W, 38-31).
*Former LSU head coaches Gerry Dinardo (Notre Dame, 1-2), Curley Halman (Texas A&M, 0-4), Mike Archer (Miami, 0-1), Bill Arnsparger (Miami-Ohio, 0-1) and Charles McClendon (Kentucky, 15-3) also faced their Alma Mater while the head coach at LSU.
Trio of Wide Receivers Set Record in Win at Texas
*Wide receivers Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. each totaled 100-plus receiving yards to become the first trio to reach that milestone in a game in school history.
*There have now been 15 same-game 100-yard receiving performances in school history with the last coming from Travin Dural (6/124) and Malachi Dupre (4/120) against Mississippi State in 2014.
*Jefferson led the group with 163 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions. His final touchdown, a 61-yard pass from Joe Burrow on third-and-16, sealed the Tigers’ Top 10 victory with 2:27 left in the game.
*Chase set career high numbers with 147 yards on eight receptions, including a long of 41 yards.
*Marshall Jr. had a career-high six receptions on six targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. Of his six receptions, five went for first downs and the other was a 26-yard touchdown.
Burrow Leads LSU to Top 10 Win with Record Performance
*Senior Quarterback Joe Burrow and the LSU offense delivered blow after blow and finished with 573 yards of total offense at Texas.
*Burrow was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for a second-straight week after his record performance. He finished the game 31-of-39 with four touchdowns and 471 yards.
*His 471 passing yards rank second in school history, becoming the third quarterback in school history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game.
*In true-road non-conference games, Burrows’ 471 yards are the third most in SEC history behind Jake Bentley (410, South Carolina at Clemson, 2018) and Tim Couch (492, UK at Louisville, 1998).
*The 31 completions rank third in school history and mark the most in a game for an LSU quarterback since Rohan Davey set the school record against Alabama with 35 in 2001.
*Burrow now owns three, 300-yard passing games, which is second to Rohan Davey’s record seven.
*Led by Burrow, LSU finished with 573 yards of total offense for the fourth most against a top-10 opponent and sixth most against a rank opponent: 1. 622 at #22 Texas A&M 11/24/16; 2. 620 vs. #7 Florida St. 11/20/82; 3. 598 vs. #9 Virginia Tech 9/8/07; 4. 595 vs. #7 Illinois 1/1/02 (Sugar Bowl); 5. 577 vs. #11 Notre Dame 1/3/07 (Sugar Bowl); 6. 573 at #9 Texas 9/7/19
LSU vs. Louisiana Schools
*The Tigers bring a 135-25-8 mark all-time against teams from Louisiana into the Northwestern State game.
*The Tigers have won 30 straight games against in-state opponents.
*LSU’s last loss to an in-state foe came in 1982 when Tulane posted a 31-28 win over LSU in Tiger Stadium.
*LSU’s record against in-state schools include: 69-22-7 vs. Tulane; 22-0 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette; 18-1 vs. Louisiana Tech; 11-0 vs. Northwestern State; 4-1 vs. Loyola (New Orleans); 3-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe; 3-1-1 vs. Centenary; 2-0 vs. Louisiana College and Southeastern; and 1-0 vs. McNeese State.
LSU vs. the Southland Conference
*LSU is 15-0 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference.
*LSU is 11-0 vs. Northwestern State, 2-0 against Southeastern Louisiana and 1-0 against McNeese State and Sam Houston State.
*LSU is 9-2 during the month of September under head coach Ed Oregon.
*The Tigers were 5-0 in September under Orgeron in 2018 after going 3-2 during the month of September in 2017.
*LSU has won six straight September games.
Top-10 Win at Texas Makes History
*For the first time in school history, LSU defeated a Top 10 non-conference opponent in a true road game.
*The 45-38 victory marked the 14th true road win over an AP Top 10 team in school history and the second for Coach Orgeron (2018 at No. 7 Auburn)
*Coach Orgeron is now 11-6 against Top 25 teams and 6-3 against Top 10 teams.
*Orgeron’s teams are 4-2 against AP-ranked opponents on the road.
LSU Under Louisiana’s Own Ed Orgeron
*In his third full season as head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron continues to gain momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail.
*Orgeron has guided the Tigers to a 27-9 overall mark in his 36 games. Of his 27 victories, 12 have come against Top 25 teams, including six over top-10 opponents. Of Coach O’s 27 wins, 15 have come against SEC foes and 20 have come by double-digits.
*Under Orgeron, the Tigers have played 31-of-37 games ranked in the Top 25.
Burrow’s Streak of 20+ Completions Up to School Record Five Games
*LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has completed 20 or more passes in his last five games dating back to the 2018 season.
*Burrow became the first quarterback in school history to complete 20 or more passes in four-straight games in the season opener against Georgia Southern.
*Tommy Hodson finished with 20 or more completions in three straight-games during the 1987 season.
*LSU as a team has only totaled 20 or more completions in three-straight games four times including Burrow’s current streak (1985, 1986, 1987, 2019).
*Burrow’s current streak is 20 vs. Rice, 25 vs. Texas A&M, 21 vs. UCF, 23 vs. Georgia Southern and 31 vs. Texas.
York Delivers as LSU’s Field Goal Kicker
*Placekicker Cade York is 5-for-5 on fild goals and 11-for-11 on PATs thru the first two games of 2019.
*The true freshman was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after a perfect night in Texas. He connected on field goals of 33, 36 and 40 yards as well as all four PATs.
*York was 2-for-2 from field goals and 7-of-7 on PATs in the season opener against Georgia Southern.
*York became the first true freshman in the modern era to make a field goal for the Tigers in the modern era.
*The McKinney, Texas native became the first true freshman to make his first two field goal attempts since David Browndyke made his first in 1986.
On This Day in LSU History: September 14
No. 9 LSU 42, Colorado 14 (1974)
*The Tigers ran for 437 yards and six touchdowns in Tiger Stadium to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes, 42-14. *Quarterback Carl Otis Trimble led the rushing attack for LSU, carrying the ball eight times for 133 yards and a score.
*Brad Davis ran for a pair of touchdowns while Billy Broussard, Terry Robiskie and Steve Rogers all found the end zone once.
*The Tigers’ stout defense held the Buffs to 221 yards and recovered two fumbles.
No. 12 LSU 23, North Carolina 13 (1985)
*Coach Bill Arnsparger earned his first opening day victory when No. 12 LSU defeated North Carolina, 23-13.
*Dalton Hilliard ran the ball 31 times for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Garry James led the Tigers with 8 receptions for 72 yards and he also added 97 yards on the ground.
*With the game tied at 13 going into the half, LSU was able to add 10 points and outlast UNC in the second half thanks to its bend-but-don’t-break defense, going on to win its season opener in Chapel Hill.
No. 25 LSU 33, Miami (Ohio) 7 (2002)
*Matt Mauck threw for a career-high three touchdown passes and John Corbello tied a school record with four field goals as the 22nd-ranked Tigers stormed past the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks on an electric Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, 33-7.
*Michael Clayton recorded seven catches for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Future NFL star Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-34 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.
*The Tigers’ defense allowed only 29 yards rushing on 17 attempts, while eight LSU backs rolled for 207 yards on the ground on 45 carries, led by LaBrandon Toefield (17 rush, 111 yards).
LSU Is 77-9 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 77-9 against non-SEC foes during that span.
*Of the 77 wins, 19 have come against top-25 teams.
*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).
Double-Digit Wins Under Coach O
*Ed Orgeron has won 27 games as head coach of the Tigers with 20 of those coming by double-digits.
*All six of LSU’s wins under Orgeron in 2016 came by double-figures and in 2017 the Tigers won six of their nine games by at least 10 points.
*A year ago, eight of LSU’s 10 wins came by double-figures, including a 20-point win over No. 2
*LSU won the 2019 season opener against Georgia Southern by 52 points.
Everybody Eats - Offense Opens 2019 Season with New-Look
*A total of 14 players caught at least one pass against Georgia Southern, topping the previous high of 12 against North Texas in 2005.
*Of the 14 players, all five running backs had at least one catch.
*The LSU offense opened the season with a resounding offensive performance, scoring 55 points and totaling 472 yards.
*The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first five drives and scored on nine of 13 drives.
*The 55 points marked the second most in a season opener in the modern era, tying The 55-3 win vs. UTEP in 1997. It marked the most points in a season opener since the 2000 team’s 58-0 victory over Western Carolina.
*The offense didn’t let up and scored 42 points in the first half for the most points in a first half by LSU since scoring 49 to lead Louisiana Tech in 2003.
Consecutive Starts of 10 or More
*Six LSU players are riding a consecutive start streak of at least 10 games.
*DE Rashard Lawrence leads the way with 23 consecutive starts, followed by S Grant Delpit with 16. C Lloyd Cushenberry III, OG Damien Lewis and QB Joe Burrow have each started 15 straight games, RT Austin Deculus also owns a 14-game starting streak
Burrow Adds to Record Book in Season Opener - Named SEC Player of the Week
*Senior quarterback Joe Burrow opened the 2019 season by going 23-for-27 for 278 yards and five touchdowns.
*Burrow was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following the performance, the third of his career. The Ohio native is now 11-3 as LSU’s starting quarterback.
*Burrow tied Zach Mettenberger (UAB, 2014) for the most touchdowns in a game in school history with five. He became the first LSU player to throw five touchdown passes in a half.
*It marked the third consecutive game dating back to last year that Burrow either set or tied a school record. Burrow set the LSU record for touchdowns accounted for with six against Texas A&M and then tied the school bowl record with four touchdown passes in the Fiesta Bowl win over Central Florida.
*Burrow’s 85.2 completion percentage (23-of-27) against Georgia Southern ranks No. 5 in school history in a game for 20 or more attempts..
Aranda’s Defense Shuts Down Triple Option
*The LSU defense, under fourth year coordinator Dave Aranda, shut down the Georgia Southern triple option to start 2019.
*The Eagles totaled just 98 yards with 74 on the ground and 24 in the air. It marked the second time an Aranda defense has held its opponent to less than 100 yards with the other coming in the 2017 season opener against BYU when the defense held the Cougars to 97 yards.
*The three points scored marked the third fewest under head coach Ed Orgeron.
Stingley Becomes 10th Defensive True Freshman to Start a Season Opener
*Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. became the 10th true freshman on the defensive side of the ball to start a season opener in the last 33 seasons and the 17th overall.
*True freshmen make an impact at LSU as in three years with Ed Orgeron as head coach a total of 61 true freshmen have seen action during that span, including 14 in 2019.
*In 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.
*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), Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003), Jerel Myers (WR, 1999), Johnny Mitchell (DT, 1996), Theo Williams (DT, 1996), Booger McFarland (DT, 1995), Robert Davis (RB, 1992), and Sheddrick Wilson (WR, 1992).
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
2017 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)
2019: 1 (Derek Stingley Jr.)
2016 1 (Dee Anderson)
Turnover/No Turnover Practice Day Pays Dividends
*Since taking over as head coach in 2016, Ed Orgeron has put an emphasis on turnovers with Wednesday practices dedicated “Turnover/No Turnover Wednesdays”.
*The focus on taking care of the ball and forcing mistakes by their opponents has payed off for the Tigers.
*After 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.
*In 2019, LSU owns a +1 turnover after forcing two fumbles and throwing just one interception.
LSU Goes Into 2019 Riding Streak of 19 Consecutive Years With At Least 8 Wins
*LSU goes into the 2019 season having won at least 8 games for 19 consecutive years, which is tied 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 20 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 with One of Most Experienced Teams in 2019
*LSU will play in 2019 with 12 seniors on its roster.
*The 12 seniors ties for sixth nationally in terms of smallest senior classes in college football for 2019. *Texas A&M and Virginia Tech with six each led the way, followed by Penn State (10), Appalachian State (11) and Coastal Carolina (11).
*LSU 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.
*Against Texas, LSU stared 18 upperclassmen for the first time since game six of 2016 when the squad faced Southern Miss. LSU hasn’t stared more than 18 upperclassmen in a game since 2012 against Washington in week two.
1,000-Yard Rushing Streak Reaches 6 Years
*LSU goes into 2019 riding a streak of six consecutive years with a 1,000-yard rusher.
*Last 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.
*Here’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 79-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
*In the last 167 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 136-22 when that happens.
*Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 81-5.
*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 79-0.
*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 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
2019 2-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
Totals 136-22 5-21 61-37 81-5 79-0
Chaisson, Cushenberry III Carry on No. 18 Tradition
*Two LSU standouts - both in the classroom and on the football field - have been awarded the prestigious No. 18 jersey by head coach Ed Orgeron.
*Center 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.
*Cushenberry III is the first offensive lineman to be selected to wear the No. 18 jersey
*As 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.
*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 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
*Quarterback Joe Burrow will provide valuable experience for the LSU offense in 2019 and became the fifth LSU quarterback to start in consecutive season openers since 1998.
*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.
*A 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.
*Burrow has set or tied nine school records in his career and became the first quarterback in LSU history to throw for 2,500 yard and rush for 350 yards or more in a season.
*With 10 wins 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
*In 2018, Justin Jefferson became the first Tiger to lead the team in every receiving category since 2011 when Rueben Randle accomplished the feat.
*Jefferson is picking up where he left off in 2019 with five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.
*Jefferson 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.
*Randle’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
*At 28 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the fifth-oldest player in college football in 2019. *Rosenberg, who spent six years playing Minor League Baseball before joining the LSU program in 2016, will turn 29 in September.
*The 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:
*Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 19, including six in the first round.
*LSU produced two consensus All-America DBs in 2018 in Grant Delpit and Greedy Williams.
*LSU has produced 11 first team All-American defensive backs since 2000.
*LSU 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.
*Since the 2007 NFL Draft, LSU has had six DBs picked in the first round.
Day Game or Night Game Makes No Difference for LSU
*LSU’s tradition of night games in Tiger Stadium is like none other in college football.
*But, LSU’s recent success in day games in Tiger Stadium has made playing afternoon games in Death Valley more appealing.
*LSU has won 16 of its last 17 day games in Tiger Stadium, a stretch that goes back to a 16-14 victory over Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2010.
*Since 2010, LSU’s only daytime loss in Tiger Stadium came against Florida by a 16-10 count in 2016.
*Of LSU’s 16 wins during this current stretch, nine have come against Top 25 teams and all 16 were over SEC opponents.
*Since 2000, LSU is 115-19 overall at home, which includes an 88-12 mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 27-7 record during the day. From 1960-99, LSU posted a 12-19-3 mark in day games in Tiger Stadium.
*The following is a breakdown of LSU’s night record, day record and overall record in Tiger Stadium since 1960:
Decade Record at Night Record during the day Overall Tiger Stadium Record
1960-69 49-5 4-2-1 53-7-1
1970-79 51-12-1 1-2 52-14-1
1980-89 38-16-1 3-5-2 41-21-3
1990-99 31-19 4-10 35-29
2000-09 49-5 11-6 60-11
2010-18 39-7 16-1 52-8
Totals 257-64-2 39-26-3 296-90-5
Chaisson, Delpit, Fulton Named Preseason All-Americans
*LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, safety Grant Delpit and Cornerback Kristian Fulton were tabbed as preseason All-Americans by multiple news organizations.
*Delpit 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.
*Fulton, 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.
*Delpit and Fulton were named by USA Today as the No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, defensive backs in college football.
*Chaisson 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 Play in 2019 As a College Graduate
*During the 2019 season, five Tigers are going to take the field as a college graduate, four of which are LSU graduates.
*LSU’s list of five college graduates includes one graduate transfers – QB Joe Burrow (Ohio State).
*In addition to the five Tigers with diplomas in hand, eleven are projected to graduate in Fall 2019 - 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.
*Here’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
*LSU’s roster features two players who are second generation Tigers.
*True freshmen Thomas Perry and Brandon Hubicz are both following in their dads footsteps as LSU football players.
*Thomas 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
*Brandon 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
*LSU has some unique family-football connections on this year’s team. The following is a look at those football-related connections with current Tigers:
*WR 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.
*RB 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.
*SNP Blake Ferguson – younger brother of four-year LSU starting long snapper Reid Ferguson, who is currently in his third year with the Buffalo Bills.
*TE Thaddeus Moss – son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of arguably the greatest receiver in NFL history in Randy Moss.
*CB 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.
*Three current LSU football players – DB Kary Vincent Jr., S Kenan Jones and DB Maurice Hampton Jr. – are two-sport athletes.
*Vincent Jr. and Jones are also members of the LSU track and field team. Vincent ran the lead leg of LSU’s 2018 SEC Championship 4x100 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.
*Hampton 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
*LSU is amongst the best in the nation since 2000 with 188 wins.
*The Tigers rank fifth in the country and second in the SEC in wins.
*Here is the list of teams with the most wins since 2000:
1. Boise State 209-41
3. Ohio State 207-43
4. Alabama 194-61
5. LSU 188-59
7. USC 182-66
8. Wisconsin 179-73
9. TCU 178-64
10. Oregon 177-69
11. Florida State 176-75
12. Texas 174-72