At LSU, wearing the No. 18 is a badge of honor. Dating back to 2003, when quarterback Matt Mauck guided the Tigers to their first national title since 1958, the number has come to represent an individual that displays the core tenants of the program’s culture.
The 2017 season will be the first time in LSU’s storied history that there’ll be two players carrying the honor of wearing No. 18 jerseys, the school announced.
Former walk-on fullback J.D. Moore and defensive end Christian Lacouture will both carry on the proud tradition.
There's a new addition to the No. 18 club! Congratulations to J.D. Moore on being chosen to wear No. 18 alongside Christian Lacouture. pic.twitter.com/8UJ6smG5fw
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 31, 2017
Recognizing a player on both sides of the ball is a nice touch by Orgeron entering his first full season as LSU’s coach.
Orgeron lauded both players for their commitment to putting the team before themselves.
“This team has a number of guys who would be a perfect fit to wear No. 18 for the Tigers and I am very proud that both Christian and J.D. will get a chance to do that,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “The leadership they have shown makes them both a great choice.”
LaCouture has tallied 86 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks during his time at LSU. Moore has been the Tigers’ starting fullback the last two seasons.
Other notable players to wear No. 18 at LSU include running back Jacob Hester and defensive lineman Bennie Logan.
LSU opens the season on Sept. 2 vs. BYU from NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.