Jonathan Giles is worthy choice to live up to LSU No. 7 hype
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Question of the Day: Friday, March 2
The biggest news to come out of LSU football this week was wardrobe-related.
Wide receiver Jonathan Giles, who has yet to wear the LSU uniform in a game, was awarded the No. 7 that was last worn by DJ Chark. It’s more of a recent tradition that gained traction with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, but the number is to be worn by the team’s top playmaker.
But since Giles had to sit out last season after transferring from Texas Tech, some fans are wondering whether he is a worthy choice.
Should LSU have given No. 7 to a player other than Jonathan Giles?
According to many fans, the answer to that is yes. Our Nick Suss conducted a poll earlier this week in which 33 percent of fans voted that junior linebacker Devin White should be the new No. 7. Giles finished second with 29 percent of the vote.
That result is unsurprising given White’s status as LSU fans’ most beloved player at the moment. But there are a couple of things worth noting here.
First, Devin White loves wearing No. 40. He has repeatedly stated that he would like for it to start having a legacy of its own once he is done at LSU. Secondly, White is a better candidate for No. 18 than No. 7. Sure, he’s a playmaking linebacker, but his most important role on this team is leadership. If he changes his number, it should be to 18.
My guess is it won’t take long for fans to see why Giles was anointed with 7. Giles had the ninth-best season by a receiver in Texas Tech’s prodigious passing history as a sophomore, finishing with 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns.
And if you don’t want to take our word for it, take Chark’s.
“I feel like he’s going to step in and take over as a leader Day 1,” Chark said in December. “A lot of guys respect him in the room. He’s a guy that takes notes and knows his plays. That’s a guy a lot of people in the room take notice of. Once he’s on the field and performing, more people are going to gravitate towards him.”
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