The LSU football season is so much further away than any of you want it to be.
But we at SEC Country want to make the wait go by a little faster. So every Saturday that you don’t get to watch college football, we’re going to give it to you anyway with a throwback-style countdown of how many weekends you have left before LSU kicks off its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against BYU in Houston.
Counting today, there are 23 Saturdays until that BYU game. So let’s take a look at all the reasons the number 23 is significant in LSU football history to keep your mind occupied and dreaming of returning to Death Valley.
Who wore it best?
No. 23 hasn’t been a particularly popular number through the years in Baton Rouge, but it has been worn by more than a few notable Tigers. Here are a few:
- Running back Sam Martin wore 23 from 1984 to ’87, rushing for 1,359 yards and receiving for another 668 in his four years with the team.
- Defensive back and return man Wayne Williams donned 23 from 1988 to ’91. In his time at LSU, Williams intercepted 6 passes and returned 20 kicks for 429 yards.
- Kicker Andre Lafleur wore 23 from 1993 to ’95. In ’95, Lafleur was 35 of 35 on extra points. Lafleur has the fifth-most made field goals in LSU history and is the Tigers’ eighth-most accurate kicker.
- Linebacker Lamar Louis wore 23 for three years before switching to No. 11. In his career, Louis recorded 96 tackles, 3.5 of which were for loss.
- Perhaps the longest-tenured member of the 23 club is current wearer Corey Thompson. The safety-turned-linebacker is heading into his sixth season. Several injuries kept him out of his senior season last year.
Linebacker Ron Sancho, who played for LSU from 1985 to ’88, is second on LSU’s all-time sacks list with 23. He also intercepted 5 passes, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown, in his LSU career.
Sancho became the second player in LSU football history to record 9 sacks in a season as a junior in 1987.
LSU football history lesson
The 1923 LSU football season was eventful.
It was the first year the Tigers played in the Southern Conference, which included every current SEC school save for Arkansas, Texas A&M and Missouri. It was the last year LSU called State Field home before moving into Tiger Stadium in 1924.
The 1923 LSU football team went 3-5-1, with wins over Louisiana Normal, Southwestern Louisiana and Spring Hill. Just to show how much times have changed, the two teams that shared the Southern Conference title in 1923 were Vanderbilt and Washington & Lee.
Check back to SECCountry.com every Saturday between now and football season for more trips down memory lane.