By: Terrill J. Weil
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On Friday LSU announced who would carry-on the team tradition of wearing the symbolic jersey numbers of #7 and #18.
Senior team leader, safety Jacoby Stevens was chosen to wear #7. This hand down tradition was started by cornerback Patrick Peterson who wore the number from 2008-2010. The coveted number, when it becomes available, gets awarded to a player on the team who is considered a top playmaker. Stevens, a preseason All-SEC selection, has shown tremendous team leadership on and off the field for the Tigers, as well as a force in the secondary.
“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 also stated that he wore #7 while playing high school football and AAU Basketball, mentioning it has always been his favorite number since becoming a huge fan of former Tiger great, Patrick Peterson.
The number 18 jersey number has been worn by a group of special LSU football players. It is a sign of success and leadership to the team. After winning the national championship in 2003, senior quarterback Matt Mauck began the tradition by passing #18 down to running back Jacob Hester who went on the help the Tigers win a national championship in 2007.
Coach O announced to the team that #18 will be worn by both running back Chris Curry and Linebacker Damone Clark. Going into the 2020 season Curry is slated as the starter at running back, while Clark will start at middle linebacker.
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