Over the weekend, Dallas wide receiver Mike Davis, an LSU Commitment since February, took an official visit to Texas. He received an offer from the Longhorns and decided to accept it. Texas generally offers all of their in-state prospects very early, so when Davis did not receive one, he moved on and decided on LSU. After an outstanding senior season, the Longhorns evaluated him again and decided they wanted him after all. LSU’s dismal season on offense did not help matters. Davis is a hell of a prospect and this loss stings quite a bit. We’ll have to see who LSU ends up with at receiver before determining just how much the Tigers will miss him.
LSU Football In The 2000s
In continuing with the “…of the decade” features I’m working on, below is Part 2 of the All-LSU Team of the Decade.
Marcus Spears – 152 tackles 34.5 TFL 19 Sacks – Spears was an easy choice. A 3-year starter and 2-time All-SEC performer, Spears was a team leader and the ultimate LSU Tiger. He returned an interception for a touchdown which proved to be the winning score in the BCS Title Game in 2003. He then decided to stay for his senior season where he had 17 tackles for loss with 9 sacks. Spears ranks sixth all time at LSU in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss.
Tyson Jackson – 119 tackles 26 TFL 18.5 Sacks – Jackson was a high level performer for three years. Outstanding against the run, Jackson could also rush the passer quite well. He was on the All-SEC Second team in 2006 and 2008.
Marquise Hill – 108 tackles 17 TFL 10 Sacks – Hill was a dominant force playing opposite Spears for two seasons. He left early for his senior year or else he may be on the first team. Hill was downright dominant in the 2003 BCS Title Game.
Melvin Oliver – 164 tackles 25.5 TFL 20 Sacks – Oliver only started for two years but was still incredibly productive. He ranks fourth all time at LSU in sacks. With the opportunity to finally start, Oliver notched 11 tackles for loss and nine sacks. A bit of a liabiilty against the run, Oliver really made up for it by getting after the quarterback.
Jarvis Green – 80 tackles 10 TFL 5 sacks
Chad Lavalais – 202 tackles 32.5 TFL 12 sacks – Lavalais was a very solid player for two years before blowing up in 2003 and becoming the heart and soul of LSU’s dominating defense. With 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks, Lavalais was nominated for several national awards.
Glenn Dorsey – 179 tackles 27 TFL 13 sacks – Dorsey is probably the most decorated football player in LSU history and certainly this decade in winning the Bronco Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Award, the Outland Trophy, and the Lott Trophy. Even while drawing the attention of every offense, Dorsey was still dominant in 2007.
Claude Wroten – 93 tackles 22.5 TFL 12 sacks – Wroten only played at LSU for two years but still matched the sack and TFL numbers of the other 4-year players on this team.
Kyle Williams – 161 tackles 26 TFL 15.5 sacks – Williams was a three year starter and the unquestioned leader of the 2005 team. He may have been LSU’s toughest player this entire decade and perhaps the most consistent too.
Bradie James – 376 tackles 25 TFL 11 sacks – James is LSU’s best linebacker in the past 20 years and would challenge for the MVP of this All-Decade Team. James is second on LSU’s all time list in tackles, and his 154 tackles in 2002 is the single season school record. Bradie was a two-time First Team All-SEC performer.
Trev Faulk – 232 tackles 14 TFL 4 sacks – Faulk was the running mate with James and was also a tackling machine. Faulk left early for the NFL, but still had a very productive career and rarely missed a tackle. Faulk and James made each other better to form one of LSU’s best linebacking duos in school history. Faulk was First Team All-SEC in 2001.
Ali Highsmith – 159 tackles 17 TFL 8 sacks – Highsmith was a three-year starter and big time play maker from 2005 thru 2007, earning First Team All-SEC in 2007.
Lionel Turner – 238 tackles 19.5 TFL 8 sacks – Turner was a rock as LSU’s middle linebacker for two years. He was very consistent and made a lot of plays behind the line. His game clinching sack of Jason White in the BCS Title Game will be remembered by many for a very long time.
Cameron Vaughn – 239 tackles 14.5 TFL 6 sacks – Vaughn was a three year starter at LSU and was very solid. His size and athletic ability stood out on the field.
Darry Beckwith – 189 tackles 11.5 TFL 4.5 sacks – Beckwith may have been better as an outside linebacker, but he moved to the middle midway through his career. He was still very solid, though not quite the play maker he was on the outside. Beckwith was Second Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2008.
Jeremy Lawrence – 131 tackles 12.5 TFL 5 sacks
Perry Riley – 180 tackles 13 TFL 2 sacks
Corey Webster – 115 tackles 16 INT 51 Pass Break-Ups – You won’t find many cornerbacks better that Webster this decade in the entire conference, much less at LSU. Webster shares the school record for interceptions in a single game with three. He is tied for second for the school record in interceptions in a season with seven. He did that twice. And he’s second in school history in interceptions for a career. Opposing offense had to plan an entire game plan around Webster’s ability to shut down an opposing receiver. A converted wide receiver, Webster was First Team All-SEC in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Patrick Peterson – 88 tackles 3 INT 16 Pass Break-Ups – Peterson has only started one full season at LSU, and he wasn’t even terribly productive in terms of interceptions. But the league has already taken note of his ability and like Webster, opponents game plan away from him. His impact on the game is not seen in the number of interceptions or pass break-ups but rather his ability to take away an opposing receiver. It may be a stretch to put him here ahead of the other guys, but the fact is that I’d want him on the field ahead of the guys I’ve got on the Second Team.
Travis Daniels – 110 tackles 2 INT 37 Pass Break-Ups – Daniels got tested often in 2003 and 2004 as teams threw away from Webster, but he routinely answered the call. Starting a few games at free safety, Daniels was a very solid tackler and was strong in run support.
Chevis Jackson – 142 tackles 8 INT 36 Pass Break-Ups – Jackson started for three seasons at LSU and was First Team All-SEC in 2007.
Jonathon Zenon – 89 tackles 9 INT 25 Pass Break-Ups