No. 7 and No. 18 has been assigned for the LSU football team.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced which players will be wearing the prestigious numbers during the upcoming season which kicks off on Saturday, September 26th against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium.
Tigers senior safety Jacoby Stevens will wear the No. 7 jersey for LSU in 2020.
Stevens, a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection and a three-time winner of SEC Defensive Player of the Week in 2019, is the undisputed leader of the Tigers – both on and off the field. Stevens, who is LSU’s nominee for the Good Works Team and the Wuerffel Award this year, is a playmaker on the field, on pace to graduate with his degree in December and is active in many community service endeavors off the field.
“What this number means to me is to be complete – to be a complete person on and off the field,” Stevens said. “That’s how my parents raised me. To be a complete person in everything I do whether it’s in football or in life. I can go on and on about wearing this number and what it means to me. It’s a huge honor.”
Stevens said he wore No. 7 on his high school football team and while playing AAU Basketball. Stevens said the No. 7 has always been his favorite number because of former LSU All-America Patrick Peterson.
All-American wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was to wear the No. 7 this season but opted out of the season.
For the third time in four seasons, two football players will wear No. 18.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Friday evening that sophomore running back Chris Curry and junior linebacker Damone Clark will wear No. 18 this season.
Curry has played in 18 games with one start during his career at LSU. Curry’s lone start came in LSU’s national semifinal rout over Oklahoma in the 2019 Peach Bowl as he filled in for an injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire. In that 63-28 win over the Sooner, Curry rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries.
Clark has played in 28 games with three starts during his career. Clark, who will start at middle linebacker for LSU in 2020, has 51 career tackles to go with 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
The No. 18 tradition at LSU was born in 2003 when quarterback Matt Mauck led the Tigers to their first national title in football since 1958. After his final season at LSU, Mauck passed the No. 18 jersey down to running back Jacob Hester, who later led the Tigers to another national title in 2007.