2007 LSU Tigers football team

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2007 LSU Tigers football
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
BCS National Champions
SEC Champions
SEC Western Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2007 record 12–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (3rd year)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 92,400)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#12 Tennessee xy   6 2         10 4  
#2 Georgia x   6 2         11 2  
#13 Florida   5 3         9 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 7  
Western Division
#1 LSU x#   6 2         12 2  
#15 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Arkansas   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Alabama   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         3 9  
Championship: LSU 21, Tennessee 14
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had 5 victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 2–6 (1-4).
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship and the national championship. The team's head coach was Les Miles, who entered his third year at the helm. They were led on the field by senior quarterback Matt Flynn and senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, a two-time All-American and winner of the multiple national trophies or awards. They played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The team overcame two triple-overtime losses and four other close games to become the first two-time Bowl Championship Series (BCS) champion ever. On their way to the BCS championship, the Tigers won their tenth SEC championship by defeating Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game.

The Tigers finished the season having earned the Southeastern Conference championship trophy, the Grantland Rice Award, the MacArthur Trophy,[1] the Associated Press Trophy and the AFCA National Championship Trophy.

In a salute to the championship team during his January 14, 2008 inauguration speech, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stated in part "...They revere our athletes. Go Tigers...."[2]

Previous season[edit]

In his second season as head coach, Les Miles had another terrific year leading the Tigers to back-to-back 11 win seasons. The Tigers finished 2006 with a record of 11–2 (6–2 SEC) and were invited to the 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl to play Notre Dame. The Tigers went on defeat Notre Dame 41–14 to cap a 7 game win streak to end the season. The Tigers headed into the off-season with higher hopes for the 2007 Season.

Pre-season[edit]

LSU was ranked No. 2 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll and the preseason AP Poll.[3]

In the pre-season, returning quarterback Matt Flynn was named one of the top-10 impact seniors for 2007.[4] Senior tailback Alley Broussard left the team on July 24 to concentrate on academics. Broussard had started eight games, but was not expected to start in 2007.[5]

Coaching changes[edit]

  • Jimbo Fisher decided to leave LSU after seven years as the offensive coordinator to take the same position at FSU, where he was designated as the eventual successor to head coach Bobby Bowden. He was replaced by Gary Crowton who was the offensive coordinator for Oregon in 2005 & 2006.
  • Todd Monken, who came to LSU with Les Miles in 2005, decided to leave after just two years as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. It is rumored that Monken was unhappy that he was not chosen as the OC.[citation needed] He was replaced by D.J. McCarthy.
  • Stacey Searles, the offensive line coach, was replaced by Greg Studrawa who had been the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green the previous four years. Searles left LSU to take the same position at Georgia.

2007 recruiting class[edit]

LSU signed a total of 26 players for the 2007 recruiting class. The 2007 class was a solid recruiting class for Les Miles and the LSU Football program. The class was headlined by safety Chad Jones, wide receivers Demetrius Byrd and Terrance Tolliver, quarterback Jarrett Lee, and defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale. LSU did miss out on signing Joe McKnight, the top recruit out of Louisiana who decided to commit to USC instead. Overall the 2007 LSU recruiting class was ranked No. 4 by rivals.com and No. 5 by scout.com.

Key losses[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule was ranked as the No. 3 toughest home schedule.[8]

One of LSU's four 2007 national championship trophies. Pictured is the AFCA National Championship Trophy
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 pm at Mississippi State #2 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 45–0   50,112
September 8 8:15 pm #9 Virginia Tech* #2 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN W 48–7   92,739
September 15 7:00 pm Middle Tennessee* #2 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA PPV W 44–0   92,407
September 22 2:30 pm #12 South Carolina #2 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS W 28–16   92,530
September 29 11:00 am at Tulane* #2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Battle for the Rag) ESPN2 W 34–9   58,769
October 6 7:28 pm #9 Florida #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS W 28–24   92,910
October 13 2:30 pm at #17 Kentucky #1 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY CBS L 37–43 3OT  70,902
October 20 8:00 pm #18 Auburn #5 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Auburn LSU rivalry) ESPN W 30–24   92,630
November 3 4:00 pm at #17 Alabama #3 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (LSU Alabama Rivalry) CBS W 41–34   92,138
November 10 7:00 pm Louisiana Tech*dagger #2 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA PPV W 58–10   92,512
November 17 2:30 pm at Ole Miss #1 Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Magnolia Bowl) CBS W 41–24   60,850
November 23 1:30 pm Arkansas #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Boot) CBS L 48–50 3OT  92,606
December 1 3:00 pm vs. #14 Tennessee #5 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) CBS W 21–14   73,832
January 7, 2008 6:30 pm vs. #1 Ohio State #2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (BCS National Championship Game) FOX W 38–24   79,651
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.

Schedule Source: 2007 LSU Football Schedule @ LSUSports.net

Rankings[edit]

The LSU team bus at New Orleans Marriott viewed from Sheraton New Orleans
Ranking Movement
Poll Pre 9/4 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
AP No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 1 No. 1 No. 5 No. 3 No. 3 No. 2 No. 1 No. 1 No. 5 No. 2 No. 1
Coaches No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 2 No. 1 No. 5 No. 3 No. 3 No. 2 No. 1 No. 1 No. 7 No. 2 No. 1
Harris Not released No. 2 No. 2 No. 1 No. 5 No. 3 No. 3 No. 2 No. 1 No. 1 No. 5 No. 2 N/A
BCS Not released No. 4 No. 3 No. 3 No. 2 No. 1 No. 1 No. 7 No. 2 N/A

Game notes[edit]

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 3 14 14 14 45
Mississippi St 0 0 0 0 0

LSU and Mississippi State kicked off the 2007 college football season in a Thursday night SEC contest broadcast live on ESPN. Through much of the first half it appeared as though Mississippi State was up to the daunting task of challenging the Tigers, then the #2-ranked team in the country behind only USC, as MSU clung to a 3–0 deficit until the end of the second quarter, when LSU scored 14 points in the last six minutes of the first half, opening the door for the Tigers to cruise to the final 45–0 margin.

LSU K Colt David warmed up the scoreboard for the Tigers' offense with a 27-yard field goal with 6:28 remaining in the first quarter.[9] Tigers' RB Keiland Williams would score twice in the second quarter on one-yard runs with 5:52, then 0:00 on the clock to push LSU's lead to 17–0 at the half. In the third quarter, the Tigers' distanced themselves with two eleven-yard touchdown passes from QB Matt Flynn to WR Early Doucet (12:53) and RB Charles Scott (2:09), bringing the score to 31–0 to start the fourth quarter. LSU backup QB Ryan Perriloux sealed the Tigers' victory in the fourth quarter with a three-yard touchdown scramble (8:20), followed by a 15-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon LaFell (5:45). LSU's dominance included earning 22 first downs to MSU's 9 and yielding MSU just ten rushing yards on 26 carries. LSU FB Jacob Hester led the Tigers with 14 carries for 72 yards (4.9 yards per carry), while Early Doucet paced LSU's passing attack with 9 catches for 78 yards, including the 11-yard touchdown strike he caught in the third quarter; he was the only LSU receiver to catch more than one pass. For MSU, RB Anthony Dixon led the Bulldogs on the ground with just 29 yards on 13 carries (2.2 average). RB Arnil Stallworth led MSU with only 3 pass receptions for 33 yards.

LSU starting QB Matt Flynn paced his team's offense by completing 12 of 19 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and rushing 11 times for 42 yards. Ryan Perriloux ran the Tigers' offense well in relief duty, completing 2 of 3 passes for 21 yards and a touchdown and running 3 times for 12 yards and another score. For MSU, QB Michael Henig completed just 11 of 28 passes on his way to a school record-tying six interception-performance.[10] He was sacked three times for a cumulative loss of 30 yards.

Defensively, LSU LB Ali Highsmith led the Tigers with eight total tackles. Tigers' S Craig Steltz returned three of MSU's six interceptions a total of 100 yards. MSU LB Dominic Douglas led all tacklers with nine total, in his first career game with the Bulldogs.

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 0 0 7 0 7
LSU 14 10 10 14 48

The ESPN College GameDay crew was in Baton Rouge, LA for this important non-conference matchup between two top-10 teams. LSU entered the game ranked No. 2 while Virginia Tech was ranked #9. With both teams having excellent defenses the game was expected to be a low scoring affair. LSU, however, on their first possession drove the ball 80+ yards for a touchdown. The next time they got the ball they did the same thing. LSU continued to shock the Virginia Tech defense all night as it racked up 48 points to eventually win the game 48–7.

Middle Tennessee State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee St 0 0 0 0 0
LSU 10 13 21 0 44
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Second ranked LSU comes onto the field at the start of the game versus Middle Tennessee State.

Second ranked LSU played Middle Tennessee State in front of a sold out crowd in Tiger Stadium. Head coach Les Miles didn't play starting QB Matt Flynn because of an ankle injury he suffered during the week, and to rest him for next weeks game at home against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Instead he started Sophomore Ryan Perrilloux who threw 20–26 passing for 298 passing yards to help lead LSU to a 44–0 win against MTSU. Senior WR Early Doucet didn't play to rest for next weeks game as well. LSU held Middle Tennessee to a total of 90 yards on offense. LSU only allowed 9 yards rushing in the game against the same MTSU team that put up 264 yards of total rushing against Louisville the week before. LSU won the game 44–0.

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 7 0 0 9 16
LSU 7 14 7 0 28
LSU WR Trindon Holliday returns a kickoff in the second half against South Carolina.

#14 South Carolina, coached by Steve Spurrier, came into Tiger Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The game, broadcast nationally by CBS, was messy due to the wet conditions, and South Carolina took an early 7–0 lead. LSU responded by scoring two unanswered touchdowns to make it 14–7. LSU again drove down into South Carolina territory but the drive stalled and the Tigers lined up to kick a field goal. The kick was a fake, perfectly executed by QB Matt Flynn and K Colt David, which saw David take an over-the-head no look toss from Flynn into the end zone for a touchdown. The play would go on to be selected as the ESPN/Pontiac Game Changing Performance for week 4 of the 2007 season.[11] South Carolina would score again late in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough and the Tigers won the game 28–16.

Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 7 3 10 14 34
Tulane 0 9 0 0 9
LSU QB Matt Flynn drops back to pass against Tulane.

LSU played Tulane in a recently renewed rivalry that stretches all the way back to LSU's first football game in 1893. Even though the game was played at the Louisiana Superdome, Tulane's home stadium, it was a virtual home game for LSU considering it is only approximately 80 miles (130 km) away from Baton Rouge. The Tigers started out slow and Tulane took a 9–7 lead late in the first half. LSU would score a field goal to go into halftime with a 10–9 lead. The second half saw the Tigers pull away from the Green Wave and LSU won the game 34–9.

LSU and Tulane both wore special uniforms designed by Nike to honor Hurricane Katrina victims. The new designs will be sold at stores throughout the city and proceeds will benefit Nike’s Let Me Play New Orleans fund to help rebuild New Orleans through Sport.[12] LSU's uniforms consisted of white pants and a purple jersey and a white helmet. This is only the second time in history that LSU has worn a white helmet. The other time came in the 1997 Independence Bowl against Notre Dame.[13]

The LSU victory, along with Southern California's close game with Washington, pushed LSU to the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll, with 1,593 points and 33 first-place votes just over Southern California's 1,591 points and 32 first-place votes; however the Trojans remained No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, keeping a more substantial lead: 1,483 points and 45 first-place votes to LSU's 1,454 points and 14 first-place votes.[14]

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 3 14 7 0 24
LSU 0 7 7 14 28
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

In the pre-season, this game was named as one of candidates for the 10 most important games of 2007, with the 2006 contest having made a significant impact on determining the national championship (Florida finished #1, LSU #3); it would also serve as the first true road test for Gator's starting quarterback Tim Tebow.[15]

In preparation for the matchup, CBS staged The Early Show from the LSU campus on the Friday morning before the game.[16] ESPN also chose LSU as the site for College GameDay.[17] It was the second time in the 2007 season that ESPN College GameDay was broadcast from LSU.

The Gators took an early lead by kicking a field goal on their first drive. Two drives later, the Gators mounted a 12-play drive that culminated in a Tim Tebow two-yard pass to Kestahn Moore to put the Gators up by ten. LSU immediately countered with a long drive of their own, going 80 yards in 16 plays, scoring on a Ryan Perrilloux option play to cut the Gator lead to 10–7. The Gators marched down the field again and scored on a Tebow run to put their lead back at 10 with 2:23 to play in the first half. LSU moved the ball right before the half, but kicker Colt David missed a 43-yard field goal.

In the second half, LSU took the ensuing drive but were stopped by the Gator defense. Appearing to kick another long field goal, LSU instead ran a brilliant fake with the holder—quarterback Matt Flynn—who scooted eight yards for the first down. The Tigers scored on a Keiland Williams run shortly thereafter.

The Gators answered the LSU drive with a quick 3-play drive to score on a 37-yard Tebow pass to Cornelius Ingram. Craig Steltz missed an assignment on the play which left Ingram wide open on the post pattern. Florida started the fourth quarter with a 24–14 lead.

However, the Tigers were not to be denied. After missing another relatively short field goal, LSU took advantage of an errant pass by Tim Tebow which hit Ingram in the helmet. The Tigers drove down the field, and Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd for a 3-yard touchdown to cut the Gator lead to 3.

On the final LSU drive, the Tigers converted several fourth down plays, including one by Jacob Hester where he made a great second effort to surge ahead to just get the first down. Hester scored a short touchdown with 1:06 to play in the game, giving the Tigers a 28–24 lead.

On the final drive, Florida gained 30 yards, but a Hail Mary pass as time expired was batted down by Chad Jones, sealing the LSU victory.

Much of the hype during game week concerned the fate of starting safety and captain, Tony Joiner, who was arrested earlier in the week for what was later termed a "misunderstanding." The owner of the towing company where Joiner was arrested was quoted as having received over 200 calls from Florida fans, several of them death threats to him and his family.[18] Joiner played but did not start the game.

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
LSU 0 17 10 0 7 3 0 37
Kentucky 7 7 7 6 7 3 6 43

After suffering their first loss of the season to No. 17 Kentucky, LSU fell to No. 5 in the polls. LSU blew a 13-point lead in the 3rd quarter.

Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 7 10 0 7 24
LSU 7 0 6 17 30
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

One week after their brutal triple overtime loss to Kentucky, LSU returned home for another tough matchup: number 17 Auburn. Auburn jumped out to an early 7–0 lead when Brandon Cox found Montez Billings. A 46 yard screen pass to Keiland Williams for a TD tied it, but Auburn took a 17–7 lead into halftime when LSU backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux fumbled, and Carl Stewart ran for a one-yard touchdown after LSU's Trindon Holliday had saved a touchdown. Wes Bynum's field goal capped the first half scoring. Two Colt David field goals pulled LSU within four before Matt Flynn hit Jacob Hester on a five yard screen and David kicked another field goal to put LSU on top 23–17. But, Auburn wasn't done, as they drove down the field and scored a touchdown. LSU had 3:13 left, and they put themselves in good position to kick a game winning field goal on Auburn's 22-yard line. However, with a chance to make the kick and a timeout, LSU coach Les Miles chose to gamble (as he has so often during the year) and go for a touchdown. It turned out as he planned however, as LSU won on Matt Flynn's 22-yard pass to Demetrius Byrd. Miles later said he thought he had plenty of time, and reviews of the play verified that the pass was caught with 4 seconds remaining, but the clock ran until the referee signaled TD with 1 second remaining. Under NCAA rules, the clock keeper allows the clock to run when a reception is made in the endzone until a signal is given by the endzone referee. Had the ball been incomplete, the clock keeper would have stopped the clock immediately upon the ball hitting the ground. This likely would have left LSU with 3–4 seconds on the clock and a chance to run another play. Ignorance of this rule is often a factor in criticisms of this play call.

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 10 7 7 17 41
Alabama 3 17 7 7 34

In the game dubbed "Saban Bowl I", in which Nick Saban's new Alabama team faced an LSU team that feature several players Saban himself had recruited during his tenure in Baton Rouge, the Tide found itself in an SEC shootout. Alabama struck first with an early Leigh Tiffin field goal. However, the Tigers then scored 17 unanswered points, and it appeared that the game could have been a blowout. Unfortunately for LSU though, Bama wasn't finished yet. They scored 17 points in the second quarter, and the Crimson Tide led 20–17 at halftime. The third quarter saw no scoring until the last two minutes. With 1:19 left, Keith Brown caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to make the score 27–17. The Tigers quickly responded on their next drive when Matt Flynn threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd to bring the Tiger back to within 3 points of Bama. Then, with 11:21 left in the game, Colt David kicked a 49-yard field goal to tie it up 27–27. The Tide took the lead again when Javier Arenas returned a punt for a 61-yard touchdown. With 2:49 left, LSU was able to tie the game again. It appeared the game might go into overtime until John Parker Wilson was hit in the backfield by Safety Chad Jones and fumbled the ball and LSU recovered on the Tide's 4-yard line. They then ran it in for a touchdown and won when Alabama was unable to respond. The Tigers had 475 total yards compared to Alabama's 254. Alabama was able to stay in the game thanks to 3 interceptions the defense was able to force and 130 yards in penalties that LSU accumulated. John Parker Wilson was 14 for 40 with 234 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception.

Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana Tech 0 7 0 3 10
LSU 10 17 17 14 58
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


This game was highlighted by a hot air balloon that flew over the stadium before the game and an incident involving a referee taking a hit that stopped the game.

Ole Miss[edit]

See also: Ole Miss Rebels
1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 14 0 10 17 41
Ole Miss 7 0 3 14 24
Tyson Jackson (93), Glenn Dorsey (72), Marlon Favorite (99) and Kirston Pittman (49) line up against the Ole Miss offense on November 17, 2007.


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Arkansas 0 7 14 7 7 7 8 50
LSU 6 0 15 7 7 7 6 48
  • Date: November 23
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

After coming off of a win against Ole' Miss, the once again No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers lost again in a triple overtime battle against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The loss dropped them back to No. 7 and the loss also jeopardized their chances of getting into the BCS National Championship.

SEC Championship Game: Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 7 0 7 0 14
LSU 6 0 7 8 21
  • Date: December 1
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Tennessee and LSU faced off in the SEC Championship Game. They last met in the SECCG in 2001. LSU won that game over the favored Volunteers, eliminating them from a trip to the Rose Bowl for the National Championship. LSU last played in the SECCG in 2005, losing to Georgia. Tennessee last played in the SECCG in 2004, losing to Auburn. Matt Flynn was sidelined by injury, and the Tennessee defense delivered its best performance of the year, holding the Ryan Perrilloux-led Tigers to a season low 21 points. However, the LSU defense intercepted two passes from Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, including one late in the fourth quarter to secure the win. In the wake of this victory, LSU jumped from 7th to 2nd in the BCS standings and became the first two-loss team to play in the BCS National Championship Game.

2008 Allstate BCS National Championship Game[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 3 21 7 7 38
Ohio St 10 0 7 7 24
  • Date: January 7
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Television network: Fox
An LSU flag hangs in the New Orleans French Quarter on the day of the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.

After coming out of a two loss season with a win in the SEC championship game, the LSU Tigers took on the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and defeated them 38–24. This win made the LSU Tigers the first team to win two BCS National Championships.

Honors[edit]

Player Honors
Darry Beckwith First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Ciron Black Second Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Colt David First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Glenn Dorsey Outland Trophy Winner
Lombardi Award Winner[19]
Lott Trophy Winner[20]
Nagurski Trophy Winner[21]
Bednarik Award Finalist
First-Team All-American (AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp Foundation, ESPN, CBSSports.com, CNNSI.com, Rivals.com, Sporting News)
SEC Defensive Player of the Year (SEC Coaches)
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 22 vs. South Carolina)
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 3 vs. Alabama)
SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week (Nov. 3 vs. Alabama)
Patrick Fisher First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Matt Flynn SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 20 vs. Auburn)
2008 BCS National Championship Game Offensive MVP
Jacob Hester Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 6 vs. Florida)[22]
Sporting News Player of the Week (Oct. 6 vs. Florida)
Ali Highsmith First-Team All-American (CBSSports.com)
Second-Team All-American (AP)
Honorable Mention All-American (CNNSI.com)
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Senior Bowl South Team Defensive MVP[23]
Trindon Holliday SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 17 vs. Ole Miss)
Chevis Jackson Honorable Mention All-American (CNNSI.com)
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Ricky Jean-Francois 2008 BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP
Herman Johnson First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Chad Jones First-Team Freshman All-American (Sporting News)
Honorable Mention Freshman All-American (CollegeFootballNews.com)
Freshman All-SEC (Coaches, Rivals.com)
Ryan Perrilloux SEC Championship Game MVP[24]
Kirston Pittman SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 8 vs. Virginia Tech)
Craig Steltz Thorpe Award Finalist
First-Team All-American (AP, Walter Camp Foundation, ESPN, CBSSports.com, CNNSI.com, Rivals.com)
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Louisiana Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 30 at Mississippi State)
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 17 vs. Ole Miss)
Terrance Toliver Honorable Mention Freshman All-American (Sporting News)
Freshman All-SEC (Coaches, Rivals.com)
Keiland Williams Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8 vs. Virginia Tech)[25]

White House visit[edit]

The Tigers at the White House

On April 7, 2008, the 2007 LSU Tigers football team traveled to the White House in Washington, D.C. to meet U.S. President George W. Bush.[26]

Roster[edit]

Wide Receivers
  • 87 Jared Mitchell – Sophomore
  • 23 Josh McManus – Senior
  • 42 R.J. Gillen – Freshman
  • 25 Brady Glaser – Freshman
  • 88 Ian Harding – Freshman
  • 27 August Mangin – Sophomore
  • 80 Terrance ToliverFreshman
  • 33 Adam McClure – Freshman
Offensive Lineman
  • 65 Lyle Hitt – Sophomore
  • 66 Max Holmes – Sophomore
  • 79 Herman JohnsonJunior
  • 73 Will Arnold – Senior
  • 78 Joseph BarksdaleFreshman
  • 76 Jarvis Jones – Freshman
  • 77 Ernest McCoy – Freshman
  • 55 Andrew Decker – Junior
  • 67 Mark Snyder – Freshman
  • 64 Matt Allen – Freshman
  • 59 Cole Louviere – Senior
  • 62 Robert Smith – Junior
  • 61 Trey Helms – Freshman
  • 68 Josh Dworaczyk – Freshman
  • 71 Carnell Stewart – Senior
  • 70 Ciron BlackSophomore
Center
  • 74 Brett Helms – Junior
  • 57 Richard Dugas – Freshman
  • 63 Ryan Miller – Junior
  • 53 T-Bob Hebert – Freshman
Tight End
  • 41 Jordon Corbin – Freshman
  • 46 J.D. Lott – Freshman
  • 89 Keith ZingerSenior
  • 85 Alex Russian – Freshman
  • 82 Richard Dickson – Sophomore
  • 83 Mitch Joseph – Freshman
  • 81 Mit Cole – Senior
 
Quarterback
Running Back
  • 26 Richard Murphy – Freshman
  • 28 R.J. Jackson – Sophomore
  • 6 Joey Stutson – Sophomore
  • 32 Charles ScottSophomore
  • 37 Phillip Pigott – Junior
  • 5 Keiland WilliamsSophomore
Fullback
Defensive Lineman
  • 96 Kentravis Aubrey – Freshman
  • 92 Drake NevisFreshman
  • 88 Donald Hains – Senior
Defensive End
  • 47 Tremaine Johnson – Junior
  • 84 Rahim Alem – Sophomore
  • 93 Tyson JacksonJunior
  • 38 Anthony Zehyoue – Senior
  • 94 Will Blackwell – Freshman
  • 43 Caleb Angelle – Senior
  • 49 Kirston Pittman – Senior
  • 98 Sidell Corley – Freshman
  • 95 Lazarius LevingstonFreshman
  • 90 Ricky Jean-FrancoisSophomore
Defensive Backs
  • 44 Daniel Graff – Freshman
  • 33 Tyson Andrus – Sophomore
  • 29 Chris Hawkins – Sophomore
  • 5 Chad Moody – Sophomore
  • 2 Orlando Gunn – Freshman
  • 13 Donnie Chaucer – Senior
  • 25 Phelon Jones – Freshman
  • 23 Stefoin Francois – Freshman
  • 14 Ron Brooks – Freshman
  • 30 Joe Maltempi – Sophomore
 
Defensive Tackles
Cornerbacks
Linebackers
  • 48 Darry BeckwithJunior
  • 7 Ali HighsmithSenior
  • 54 Jacob Cutrera – Sophomore
  • 11 Kelvin SheppardFreshman
  • 52 Ace Foyil – Sophomore
  • 37 Paul Felio – Freshman
  • 35 Luke Sanders – Senior
  • 43 Lydell Smith – Freshman
  • 51 Zachary Midulla – Freshman
  • 39 Blake Nichols – Freshman
  • 56 Perry RileySophomore
Safety
  • 3 Chad Jones – Freshman
  • 24 Harry Coleman – Sophomore
  • 27 Curtis TaylorJunior
  • 44 Danny McCray – Sophomore
  • 16 Craig SteltzSenior
  • 17 Shomari Clemons – Freshman
Long Snappers
  • 50 Joey Crappell – Freshman
  • 51 Jacob O'Hair – Senior
Kickers/Punters
  • 4 Ryan Anders – Freshman
  • 6 Colt DavidJunior
  • 30 Josh Jasper – Freshman
  • 17 Josh Graham – Sophomore
  • 69 Sean Gaudet – Junior
  • 91 Trent Hebert – Freshman
  • 8 Steve Ochsner – Freshman
  • 36 Patrick Fisher – Senior
  • 39 Andrew Crutchfield – Freshman

Roster Source: http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=27812&SPID=2164&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SORT_ORDER=6&Q_SEASON=2007

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First Year at LSU Alma Mater
Les Miles[27] Head Coach 2005 Michigan (1976)
Gary Crowton[28] Offensive Coordinator 2007 BYU (1983)
Bo Pelini[29] Defensive Coordinator 2005 Ohio State (1990)
Josh Henson[30] Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 2005 Oklahoma State (1998)
Earl Lane[31] Defensive Line Coach 2006 Northwood
Doug Mallory[32] Defensive Backs Coach 2005 Michigan (1988)
D.J. McCarthy[33] Wide Receivers Coach 2007 Washington (1994)
Bradley Dale Peveto[34] Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach 2005 SMU (1987)
Larry Porter[35] Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Special Teams 2005 Memphis (1996)
Greg Studrawa[36] Offensive Line Coach 2007 Bowling Green (1987)
Tommy Moffitt[37] Strength & Conditioning Coordinator 2000 Tennessee Tech (1986)

LSU Tigers in the 2008 National Football League Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Overall NFL Team
Glenn Dorsey Defensive Tackle 1 5 5 Kansas City Chiefs
Chevis Jackson Defensive Back 3 5 68 Atlanta Falcons
Jacob Hester Running Back 3 6 69 San Diego Chargers
Early Doucet Wide Receiver 3 16 81 Arizona Cardinals
Craig Steltz Safety 4 21 120 Chicago Bears
Matt Flynn Quarterback 7 2 209 Green Bay Packers
Keith Zinger Tight End 7 25 232 Atlanta Falcons

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2008.htm

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacArthur Trophy Claimed by Louisiana State Tigers
  2. ^ Video of Gov. Jindal Inauguration speech
  3. ^ 2007 AP and Coaches preseason polls
  4. ^ Mark Schlabach, Amendola, Brinkley highlight seniors to watch in '07, ESPN.com, June 22, 2007.
  5. ^ "LSU running back Broussard leaves team". ESPN. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d ESPN – 2007 NFL Draft
  7. ^ Scout.com: Justin Vincent Profile
  8. ^ Megargee, Steve. "Road to glory will be tough one for Seminoles". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  9. ^ "LSU vs Mississippi State (Aug 30, 2007)". mstateathletics.com. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Tigers Back Up No. 2 Ranking With 45–0 Victory Over Bulldogs". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  11. ^ ESPN/Pontiac Game Changing Performance
  12. ^ LSU to Wear Special Uniform to Benefit New Orleans
  13. ^ http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/sec.htm
  14. ^ 2007 NCAA Football Rankings – Week 5 (Sept. 30), ESPN.com, Accessed September 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Stewart Mandel, Momentous matchups, SI.com, June 21, 2007.
  16. ^ CBS 'Early Show' Airs Live from Tiger Stadium
  17. ^ ESPN GameDay Makes Return Trip to Baton Rouge
  18. ^ "Owner in Joiner case threatened by fans". ESPN.com. 2007-10-07. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  19. ^ Dorsey wins Lombardi for third award in as many days
  20. ^ LSU defensive tackle Dorsey wins another award
  21. ^ LSU's Dorsey beats out Ohio State's Laurinaitis for trophy
  22. ^ Hester Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
  23. ^ Highsmith Named South's MVP of Senior Bowl
  24. ^ Defense, Perrilloux Lead LSU to 10th SEC Title, 21–14
  25. ^ Williams Named LSWA Player of the Week
  26. ^ President Bush Welcomes 2007 NCAA Football Champion Louisiana State University Tigers to the White House
  27. ^ Les Miles Bio @ LSUSports.net
  28. ^ Gary Crowton Bio @ LSUSports.net
  29. ^ Bo Pelini Bio @ LSUSports.net
  30. ^ Josh Henson Bio @ LSUSports.net
  31. ^ Earl Lane Bio @ LSUSports.net
  32. ^ Doug Mallory Bio @ LSUSports.net
  33. ^ D.J. McCarthy Bio @ LSUSports.net
  34. ^ Bradley Dale Peveto Bio @ LSUSports.net
  35. ^ Larry Porter Bio @ LSUSports.net
  36. ^ Greg Studrawa Bio @ LSUSports.net
  37. ^ Tommy Moffitt Bio @ LSUSports.net