2009 LSU Football Game Notes : LSU vs. Vanderbilt, Sept. 12, 2009

LSU Opens SEC Play Against Vanderbilt In Tiger Stadium

After a trip to the Pacific Northwest to open the 2009 season, the Tigers return home on Saturday, hosting Vanderbilt in the conference opener for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. LSU brings 1-0 record into the game following last week’s 31-23 non-conference win over Washington in Seattle. Vanderbilt is also 1-0 after its 45-0 win over Western Carolina. This will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Commodores since a 34-6 LSU win in Nashville in 2005. The teams last met in Tiger Stadium in 2004 with LSU winning 24-7. LSU is 20-7-1 all-time against the Commodores, while Les Miles is 2-0 against Vanderbilt. This will be the earliest LSU and Vanderbilt have ever met as of the 28 previous meetings between the teams, only twice have the games been played in September (1990 and 1991). It’s also just the third time that both teams come into the game undefeated – 1902 LSU was 4-0 and Vanderbilt 8-0; 1937 LSU was 4-0 and Vanderbilt was 5-0. Saturday’s game will be the earliest LSU has played an SEC home game since Sept. 10, 1994 when the Tigers beat Mississippi State, 44-24. LSU goes into the Vanderbilt game riding a streak of 10 consecutive victories during the month of September.  LSU’s last loss during the month of September came at Auburn by a 7-3 count on Sept. 16, 2006.  LSU has won two straight SEC openers and the Tigers are 2-2 in conference openers under Miles. LSU has also won three straight and 13 of its last 14 home openers. LSU goes into the game led on offense by QB Jordan Jefferson, who threw for 172 yards and 3 TDs against Washington. Other offensive standouts for LSU include RB Charles Scott (52 yards vs. Washington), Keiland Williams (51 yards vs. Washington) and Terrance Toliver (4 rec., for 117 yards and 2 TDs vs. Washington). Defensively, CB Patrick Peterson leads the Tigers with 9 tackles, while LB Harry Coleman is second on the squad with 7 tackles. DE Rahim Alem and DT Drake Nevis lead in sacks with 1 each.

Tigers Open Season With 31-23 Win Over Washington

Jordan Jefferson threw for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns as he helped lead the No. 9/11 Tigers to a hard-fought 31-23 non-conference win over Washington in Seattle to open the 2009 campaign. LSU spotted the Huskies an early first quarter TD when UW went 85 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 advantage over the Tigers. LSU responded with a 24-yard field goal at the 6:03 mark. The Tigers took their first lead 14 seconds later when Jacob Cutrera returned an interception 29 yards for a score giving LSU a 10-7 advantage. The Huskies tied the game at 10-10 early in the second quarter before the Tigers took the lead for good on a 45-yard pass from Jefferson to Terrance Toliver at the 1:15 mark. UW added a field goal as time expired in the first half. Jefferson and Toliver hooked up for another score in the third quarter, this time a 39-yarder, as LSU stretched the lead to 24-13. The Tigers increased their margin to 31-16 on a 6-yard TD pass from Jefferson to Brandon LaFell. The Huskies added a touchdown as time expired for the final margin. Washington outgained LSU on offense, 478-321, as the Huskies ran 83 plays compared to just 48 for the Tigers. LSU rushed for 149 yards and added 172 through the air. Toliver had his best game in an LSU uniform with four receptions for 117 yards and two scores. Charles Scott rushed for 52 yards, while Keiland Williams added 51 and Jefferson 42 to pace the Tigers offense.

Date/Time:   Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. CT
Location:  Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium – 92,400)
Television:  ESPNU (live) — cable ch. 243 in Baton Rouge
 Cox Sports Television (delay) – cable ch. 37 and HD ch. 737 in Baton Rouge
Radio:   LSU Sports Radio Network – 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
 Sirius Satellite Radio – ch. 216; XM Satellite Radio – ch. 198
Internet: Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net
The Series:  LSU leads 20-7-1

Series Notes: LSU has won five straight and nine of the last 10 games against Vanderbilt … LSU is 10-2-1 vs. Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, which includes a 10-1-1 record in Tiger Stadium … LSU’s limited Vanderbilt to 33 points in the last five meetings between the teams … Saturday’s game marks the earliest meeting between the two teams … The teams have only played in September twice in series history – Sept. 22, 1990 and Sept. 21, 1991 … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-0 vs. Vanderbilt.

Record 1-0 (0-0 SEC)
Ranking   No. 11 Associated Press
 No. 9 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game  Sept. 5 in Seattle, Wash.
 def. Washington, 31-23
Coach Les Miles
Career Record  71-32/ninth year
LSU Record   43-11/fifth year
vs. Vanderbilt  1-0

Record 1-0 (0-0 SEC)
Ranking   NR Associated Press
 NR USA Today/Coaches
Last Game  Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tenn.
 def. Western Carolina, 45-0
Coach Bobby Johnson
Career Record  88-92/16th year
VU Record  28-56/eighth year
vs. LSU  0-2

LSU Opens Home Schedule Against Vanderbilt

After a trip to the Pacific Northwest, LSU returns home to host Vanderbilt in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU. LSU goes into the game with a 1-0 mark after last week’s 31-23 victory over Washington. Vanderbilt brings a 1-0 record into the game as the Commodores opened the season with a 45-0 win over Western Carolina last week. LSU will face Vanderbilt for the first time since the 2005 season when the Tigers won 34-6 in Nashville.

LSU Storylines This Week…

For just the third time in the series, both LSU and Vanderbilt go into the game undefeated. In 1902, LSU was 4-0 and Vanderbilt was 8-0 when the teams met. Vanderbilt won that game, 27-5, in Baton Rouge. In 1937, LSU was 4-0 and Vanderbilt 5-0 when they met. The Commodores remained undefeated with a 7-6 win over the Tigers.
Saturday’s game will be the earliest the two teams have met. The teams have played two other times in September – Sept. 22, 1990 (VU won 24-21) and Sept. 21, 1991 (LSU won 16-14).
LSU has won 30 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium with 19 of those victories coming under Les Miles.
LSU will be out to snap a 4-game SEC losing streak, the longest such streak for the Tigers since 1999 when they dropped seven straight. All four losses came last year.
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson will make his first start in Tiger Stadium. Jefferson is 2-1 as LSU’s starting quarterback with all three of those games being away from home.

Tennessee Tigers

LSU has three players on its roster who call Tennessee home: kicker Josh Jasper (Memphis), fullback Dominique Allen (Paris), and offensive tackle Alex Hurst (Bartlett).

LSU Ranked In USA Today Coaches Poll Top 10 To Start Season For Sixth Straight Year

When LSU kicked off the 2009 season last week against Washington, they do so ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. LSU is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. It marks the sixth straight year that the Tigers enter week 1 of the regular season ranked in the top 10. LSU has been ranked in the preseason top 10 every year since the 2004 season. LSU is ranked No. 11 in the AP preseason poll. The new polls come out on Tuesday afternoon.

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 209-59-4 (.773) at night under the lights compared to a 21-25-3 (.459) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 54-10 overall at home, which includes a 43-4 (.915) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and an 11-6 (.647) 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 an 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   Record at Night  Record during the day  Overall Tiger Stadium Record
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   43-4 11-6 54-10
TOTALS   209-59-4 21-25-3 230-84-7

LSU’s Won 30 Consecutive Saturday Night Games In Tiger Stadium

LSU goes into the Vanderbilt game having won 30 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium. LSU’s streak of consecutive Saturday night wins in Tiger Stadium goes back to the 2002 season when the Tigers beat Ole Miss, 14-13, to get the run started. The last time LSU lost a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium came against Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002 by a 31-0 count. Les Miles has accounted for 19 of the 30 victories. Here’s a year-by-year look at the Saturday night winning streak in Tiger Stadium:

Year Sat. Night Wins  Opponent(s)
2002 1   Ole Miss
2003 4   UL-Monroe, W. Illinois, Auburn, La. Tech
2004 6   Oregon St., Arkansas St., Troy, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss
2005 3   Auburn, North Texas, Appalachian State
2006 7   UL-Lafayette, Arizona, Tulane, Kentucky, Fresno St., Alabama, Ole Miss
2007 5   Va. Tech, Middle Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, La. Tech
2008 4   North Texas, Miss. State, Tulane, Troy

Miles is 23-5 Overall and 11-5 In SEC Games In Tiger Stadium

LSU goes into the Vanderbilt game with a 23-5 overall mark and a 11-5 SEC record under Les Miles in games played in Tiger Stadium. Of LSU’s five home losses under Miles, three have come in overtime – 30-27 loss to Tennessee on a Monday night in 2005; a 50-48 triple-overtime loss to Arkansas on a Friday afternoon in November of 2007; and a 27-21 overtime loss to No. 1 Alabama last year. 

Tigers Have Won Three Straight And 13 Of 14 Home Openers

LSU has won three straight and 13 of its last 14 home openers going into the Vanderbilt game. LSU last lost a home opener in 2005 when the Tigers dropped a 30-27 decision to Tennessee in overtime on a Monday night. Prior to that game, the last loss for the Tigers in a home opener came in 1994 when LSU fell to Texas A&M, 18-13. LSU coach Les Miles is 3-1 in home openers at LSU.

LSU In SEC Openers

Despite being one of the winningest teams in the SEC this decade, LSU has had trouble getting off to a good start in conference play. LSU has won its last two SEC openers – beating Auburn 26-21 last year and Mississippi State, 45-0 in 1997 – both coming on the road. Since the start of the 2000 season, LSU is 4-5 in SEC openers. LSU coach Les Miles is 2-2 in SEC openers with the Tigers.

LSU Leads Nation With 20 Straight Non-Conference Wins

With its win over Washington, LSU has now won 20 straight non-conference games, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2005 season. LSU coach Les Miles is a perfect 20-0 in non-conference games at LSU. The 20-game non-conference winnings streak ranks first nationally. LSU’s last non-conference loss came during the 2004 season when Iowa scored on the final play of the game to beat LSU, 30-25, in the Capital One Bowl. LSU hasn’t lost a regular season non-conference contest since dropping a 26-8 decision to Virginia Tech in the 2002 season opener.

LSU’s Won 17 Straight Overall On ESPN Family Of Networks

LSU brings a 17-game winning streak on the ESPN family of networks into the Washington game. The 17-game streak goes back to the 2005 season when Tennessee rallied for a 30-27 overtime win over the Tigers on a Monday night in a game televised by ESPN2. Since then, the Tigers have reeled off 16 straight victories on the all sports network. Breaking down the 16-game streak has the Tigers winning 10 straight on ESPN, six in a row on ESPN2, and one on ESPN Classic. 

LSU’s Won 10 Straight And 12 of Last 13 In September

LSU brings a 10-game winning streak in games played in September into the Vanderbilt contest. LSU hasn’t lost a game in September since a 7-3 setback to Auburn on Sept. 16, 2006. Overall, LSU coach Les Miles is 13-2 in September games with the Tigers.

Jefferson Shines In Season-Opener

LSU sophomore QB Jordan Jefferson shined in the season-opening win over Washington. Jefferson, who was making just his third career start, connected on 11 of 19 passes for 172 yards and 3 TDs. He also accounted for 42 rushing yards. He did not have a turnover. Jefferson joined JaMarcus Russell (2006 vs. UL-Lafayette), Matt Mauck (2003 vs. UL-Monroe) and Rohan Davey (2000 vs. Western Carolina) as the only quarterbacks who have tossed 3 TDs in a season opener for the Tigers in the modern (SEC) era. Jefferson goes into the Vanderbilt game having thrown 65 straight passes without an interception, a streak that goes back to the start of the Arkansas game. Jefferson has not thrown an interception in his first three starts. Jefferson is 2-1 as LSU’s starting quarterback.

Jefferson Youngest Starting QB In SEC; Youngest LSU QB To Start Season-Opener Since 1945

LSU’s Jordan Jefferson goes into the 2009 season as the youngest starting quarterback in the SEC. Jefferson, who has two career starts to his credit, was 19 years and 11 days old when he took the first snap against Washington. Jefferson was the youngest quarterback to start a season-opener for the Tigers since Y.A. Tittle in 1945. That year, Tittle was 18 years, 11 months and 6 days when LSU opened the season against Rice. Here’s a look at some of the younger quarterbacks who started season-openers at LSU:

Year Player  Age Results
1945 Y.A. Tittle  18 yrs., 11 months, 6 days  def. Rice, 42-0
2009 Jordan Jefferson  19 years, 11 days def. Washington, 31-23
1980 Alan Risher   19 yrs., 4 months, 1 day   lost to Florida State, 16-0
1986 Tommy Hodson 19 yrs., 7 months, 16 days  def. Texas A&M, 35-17
1996 Herb Tyler   19 yrs., 9 months, 1 day def. Houston, 35-34

Dickson In Position To Break Every Tight End Receiving Record at LSU

Senior TE Richard Dickson came into the 2009 season with a shot at breaking every school record for receiving at his position. For his career, Dickson has caught 70 passes for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 TD receptions tie with Brad Boyd for the school’s career mark for a tight end, while his 69 catches are No. 4 in school history and his 804 yards are No. 5 in school history. The following is a look at Dickson’s career receiving numbers and who he’s chasing to become the most productive tight end in school history

Category  Dickson’s Numbers  LSU Record Holder
Career Receptions  70 Mitch Andrews (87)
Career Receiving Yards 804  David LaFleur (881)
Career Receiving TDs 10 tied with Brad Boyd (10)
* Note: These are stats for players at the tight end position

Cutrera Gives Tigers A Defensive Touchdown – Scores On His First Play Of 2009 Season

The plan going into the season-opener against Washington was to put senior LB Jacob Cutrera in the game on Huskies second offensive series. Cutrera made the most of his opportunity, intercepting a pass and returning it 29 yards for a TD on his first play of the 2009 season. The interception, the second of his career, was a tremendous momentum changer and gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Cutrera went on to finish the game with 5 tackles, 1 tackle for a 4-yard loss and the interception. Cutrera became the first LSU player to return an interception for a TD since CB Jonathan Zenon did it against Tennessee in the 2007 SEC Championship Game. He’s the first linebacker to do it since Kenny Hollis scored on a 3-yard interception return against Tennessee in 2005.

First Time Starters

Three Tigers made their first career start last week against Washington, including two on the offensive line. T-Bob Hebert at center and Josh Dworaczyk at left guard both started for the first time, while Lazarius Levingston got his first start at defensive end.

Terrance Toliver Has Big Game In Win Over Washington

LSU WR Terrance Toliver turned heads with his performance during preseason training. That play carried over into the season-opener as he caught TD passes of 45 and 39 yards in the win over Washington. For the game, Toliver caught 4 passes for 117 yards and two scores. The four receptions was the second highest total of his career, while the 117 yards was two shy of tying a career best. The two TDs set a new career high for Toliver, who now has caught 36 passes for 623 yards and 6 TDs in his career.

He Must Be A Former Lineman

One look at LSU’s results in relation to rushing the football and it’s easy to figure out that head coach Les Miles is a former offensive lineman. In 54 games under Miles, 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 40-5 under Miles when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100-yards and the Tigers are 29-3. 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 28-0. The following is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers during the Miles era 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  7-0
2009 1-0  0-0  1-0  0-0  0-0
Totals 40-5   3-6  14-8   29-3   28-0

A Unique Situation At Left Tackle – 2 Players Have Accounted For Last 92 Starts

Starting left tackle Ciron Black goes into the Vanderbilt game having started 41 straight games, all coming at left tackle. Since the start of the 2002 season, a stretch that spans 93 games, only two players have started at left tackle for the Tigers – Black and Andrew Whitworth. Whitworth, now a starting tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, set an LSU record by starting 52 straight games for the Tigers from 2002-05. Black then picked up where Whitworth left off, starting the next 41 games at that position for the Tigers. Black’s 41 straight starts ranks as the second-longest active streak in college football.

Three True Freshmen See Action In Opener

Three members of the nation’s No. 1 rated signing class from 2009 saw action in the season-opener against Washington – WR Rueben Randle, DB Craig Loston and DT Josh Downs. Downs had the biggest impact, recording a tackle for a 3-yard loss on his first collegiate play. Loston played on special teams for the Tigers and didn’t record any statistics, while Randle was involved in a handful of plays on offense.

Taking Note On The Tigers Under Miles (Since 2005)

Here are some notable trends for LSU in the 54 games its played under head coach Les Miles … LSU is 28-0 under Les Miles when rushing for 100 or more yards and holding the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards … The Tigers are 40-5 when rushing for 100 yards or more … On the contrary, the Tigers are just 3-6 under Les Miles when failing to reach the 100-yard mark in net rushing yards … The Tigers are 31-3 when leading after the first quarter with the only losses during that span coming against Tennessee in 2005, Arkansas in 2007, and Alabama in 2008 – all three of which were overtime losses … LSU is 41-7 when scoring 20 or more points and 35-5 when scoring 25 or more points … The Tigers are 29-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing, while the record goes to 14-8 under Miles when allowing opponents to go over the 100-yard mark.

LSU’s Best After Dark; Tigers Have Won 24 Of Last 25 Night Games

Night games in Tiger Stadium seem to bring out the best in LSU. However, lately LSU has been at its best no matter the location just as long as it dark outside. LSU goes into the Vanderbilt game with a 24-1 mark in its last 25 night games. (Note: NCAA determines that a kickoff at 5 p.m. or later is a night game). Florida snapped LSU’s streak of consecutive night wins at 19 on Oct. 11, 2008. LSU’s streak of 24 wins in its last 25 night games includes the win over Washington this year, seven games in 2008 and 2007, eight in 2006 and the win over Miami in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to cap the 2005 season. Prior to the Florida game on Oct. 11, 2008, LSU hadn’t lost a night game since a 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in 2005. Overall, LSU coach Les Miles has guided the Tigers to a 30-3 mark in night games.

Charles Scott Goes Over 1,000-yard Mark

LSU’s Charles Scott topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2008, going for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns in what was one of the most productive seasons in school history for a running back. Scott’s 1,174 rushing yards is the fifth-highest total in school history, while is 18 rushing TDs ranks No. 2 all-time. Scott goes into 2009 looking to become the first LSU running back since Kevin Faulk to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Faulk did it three straight years from 1996 to 1998. Only three players in LSU history have had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons – Charles Alexander (1977-78), Dalton Hilliard (1984-85) and Faulk (1996-97-98).

LSU Returns Top Rusher, Receiver And Passer For First Time Since 1997

For the first time since the 1997 season, LSU returns its top three hands on offense in terms of rushing, passing and receiving. This year, Charles Scott returns as the Tigers leading rusher from a year ago, while Brandon LaFell returns as the top receiver from 2008 and quarterback Jarrett Lee comes back after leading the Tigers in passing yards. In 1997, running back Kevin Faulk, quarterback Herb Tyler and wide receiver Larry Foster all returned on offense after leading the Tigers in rushing, receiving and passing from the year before.

Cap and Gown Tigers

Three current members of the LSU football team – DE Rahim Alem, WR R.J. Jackson and DT Charles Alexander – have already earned their Bachelor’s degree from the university.

Two Brothers Start For Tigers On Defense — Alem and Jones

LSU had two brothers starting on defense against Washington in the season-opener as DE Rahim Alem (formerly Al Jones) and FS Chad Jones both started. It is the first time brothers started in the same game for the Tigers since 2005 when FB Kevin Steltz and S Craig Steltz both started in a win over Appalachian State.

LSU Best In SEC Over Past 6 Seasons

Since the start of the 2003 season, LSU has posted a 65-15 mark, which ranks first among all SEC teams. LSU’s 65 wins is four more than second place Georgia. The following is a look at how the SEC stacks up over since the 2003 season:

Team   W-L  Bowls SEC Titles Top 25s
LSU   65-15  6  2   5
Georgia  61-18  6  1   5
Florida   60-19  6  2   4
Auburn  56-20  5  1   4
Tennessee 50-27  4  0   4
Alabama   46-32  5  0   2
Arkansas  42-34  3  0   1
So. Carolina  40-34  3  0   0
Kentucky   34-42  3  0   0
Ole Miss 34-39  2  0   2
Vanderbilt   26-46  1  0   0
Miss. State   24-48  1  0   0

LSU Among Nation’s Best Over Last 6 Years

In addition to leading the SEC in terms of wins over the last six years, LSU ranks among the best in the nation for number of victories since the start of the 2003 season. LSU has recorded 65 wins since the start of the 2003 season, a figure that ties with Texas for No. 4 nationally. The following is a look at the teams with the most wins since 2003:

Rank   Team   Wins
1. Southern Cal 72
2. Boise State   69
3. Oklahoma   66
4. LSU   65
 Texas   65
6. Ohio State 64
7. Georgia  61
8  Florida   60
 Utah 60
10. Va. Tech 59

Tigers Rank No. 4 Nationally In Winning Percentage Away From Home Since 2003

LSU ranks fourth nationally in winning percentage in games played away from Tiger Stadium since the start of the 2003 season with a 28-9 mark and a 75.7 winning percentage. The following is a look at the top winning percentages in college football in away or neutral site games since the start of the 2003 season:

Rank   Team   W-L  Pct. 
1. Southern Cal 36-6  .857
2. Texas   32-7  .821
3. Boise State   30-9  .769
4. LSU   28-9  .757
5. Georgia  30-10  .750
6. Ohio State 24-10  .705
7. W. Virginia  26-11  .703
8. Boston College   26-13  .667
 TCU  26-13  .667
10. Florida   25-13  .658

Streaking Tigers

Several Tigers bring streaks into the season-opener at Washington:
Consecutive Starts: Ciron Black (41), Lyle Hitt (21), Harry Coleman (14), Joseph Barksdale (14), Richard Dickson (14), Charles Scott (14) and Chris Hawkins (14).
Consecutive Games With A Reception: Brandon LaFell (29, 28 straight multiple-reception games), Richard Dickson (12) and Terrance Toliver (11).

Who’s In The Press Box and Who’s On The Field For LSU

Here’s the location for the LSU coaching staff during the game on Saturday:

In The Press Box:
Gary Crowton, Offensive Coordinator
Ron Cooper, Defensive Backs Coach

On The Field:
Les Miles, head coach
John Chavis, defensive coordinator
Brick Haley, Defensive Line
D.J. McCarthy, Wide Receivers
Larry Porter, Running Backs
Joe Robinson, Special teams/Defensive Line
Greg Studrawa, Offensive Line
Don Yanowsky, Tight Ends

LSU Has Become D-Line U.

You can now refer to LSU as D-line U as the Tigers have made it a habit of producing All-Americans and NFL Draft picks from its defensive line. Since the 2003 season, LSU has had five defensive linemen earn a total of six First-Team All-America honors and nine members of its defensive line selected in the NFL Draft. In 2007, DT Glenn Dorsey became the most decorated defensive player in school history – winning four national awards – on his way to becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In the spring of 2009, Defensive end Tyson Jackson became the highest LSU defender ever picked in the NFL Draft, going No. 3 overall to Kansas City. The following is a look at the accomplishments by the LSU defensive line since 2003:

2003 DT Chad Lavalais – First-Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick
 DE Marquise Hill – 2nd round NFL Draft pick

2004 DE Marcus Spears – First Team All-America; 1st round NFL Draft pick

2005 DT Kyle Williams – First Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick 
 DT Claude Wroten – First Team All-America; 3rd round NFL Draft pick
 DE Melvin Oliver – 6th round NFL Draft pick

2006 DT Glenn Dorsey – First Team All-America
 DE Chase Pittman – 5th round NFL Draft pick

2007 DT Glenn Dorsey – First Team All-America; 1st round NFL Draft pick (No. 5 overall)

2008 DE Tyson Jackson – 1st round NFL Draft pick (No. 3 overall)
 DT Ricky Jean-Francois – 7th round NFL Draft pick

An Offseason of National Championships for Chad Jones and Trindon Holliday

Free safety Chad Jones and running back/return specialist Trindon Holliday became national champions during the football off-season. Jones was an outfielder and key relief pitcher for LSU’s 2009 College World Series champion baseball team. Jones maintained a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched while walking three and striking out seven. He tossed three innings and did not allow a run or a hit in three appearances at the College World Series, which earned him the nickname “Dreadlocks of Doom”. Jones came on in relief of starter Anthony Ranaudo in the deciding Game 3 of the CWS Championship Series against Texas and was brilliant. He did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of work while walking none and striking out two. Prior to spring football practice, Jones played in the outfield and batted .343 (12-for-35) with a homer, six RBI and eight runs scored. Along with former WR Jared Mitchell, Jones and he became just the second and third athletes in school history to win national titles in multiple team sports. Both were members of the 2007 BCS national championship team. Holliday, meanwhile, became the 100-meter dash national champion at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Holliday clocked 10.00 in the national final of the 100-meter to claim the title. The time was the fastest of any player in the history of college football.

Top 10 Tiger Stadium Crowds

Here is an updated top 10 list of all-time top Tiger Stadium crowds heading into Saturday night’s Tulane game. BOLD indicates crowds from the 2009 season.
 Attendance  Opponent   Date Outcome
1. 93,039   Alabama  Nov. 8, 2008  UA, 27-21 (OT)
2. 92,910   Florida  Oct. 8, 2007 LSU 28-24
3. 92,904   Georgia Oct. 25, 2008 UGA 52-38
4. 92,739   Virginia Tech   Sept. 8, 2007  LSU 48-7
5. 92,710   Mississippi State   Sept. 27, 2008   LSU 34-24
6. 92,664   Auburn Oct. 22, 2005 LSU 20-17 (OT)
7. 92,649   Ole Miss   Nov. 22, 2008   Ole Miss, 31-13
8. 92,606   Arkansas Nov. 23, 2007   Ark. 50-49 (3OT)
9. 92,589   Alabama  Nov. 11, 2006   LSU 28-14
10. 92,530   South Carolina   Sept. 22, 2007   LSU 28-16