19 starters from LSU's BCS title team on NFL rosters

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  1. gotlsu

    gotlsu Founding Member

    Mar 21, 2006
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    BATON ROUGE, La. -- With 13 members from the 2005 LSU football team on NFL rosters heading into training camp later this summer, the Tigers now have 19 players who started in the 2003 BCS National Championship playing professional football.

    LSU, which took the championship with a 21-14 win over Oklahoma, can also claim 12 graduates among the starting lineup from that game. LSU finished the 2003 season with a 13-1 mark.

    Nine starters from both the offense and defensive units are in the NFL. The punter -- Donnie Jones -- is also playing professional football. Four players who started in the national championship game in 2003 are still on the LSU roster heading into the 2006 season -- running back Justin Vincent, free safety LaRon Landry, punter/placekicker Chris Jackson and placekicker Ryan Gaudet.

    LSU defensive ends Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill and defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Chad Lavalais were all drafted by NFL clubs. Spears was a first round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, Hill a second round selection by the New England Patriots, Lavalais a fifth round pick by the Atlanta Falcons and Williams a fifth rounder by the Buffalo Bills.

    The Tiger skill positions were also coveted by the NFL with three starting receivers, the starting quarterback and a backup running back all drafted by NFL franchises. Michael Clayton, a two-year starter now for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was the 15th player taken in the 2004 NFL Draft.

    Devery Henderson was a second round pick for the New Orleans Saints, while Skyler Green was most recently selected by the Cowboys. Matt Mauck, who is currently a backup quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 draft by Denver.

    Joseph Addai, who had only two carries in the win over the Sooners, was recently selected in the first round with the 30th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts becoming the third first rounder from that squad.
  2. BostonBengal

    BostonBengal Founding Member

    May 14, 2003
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    Damn! That's sweet! :thumb:
  3. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    Oct 21, 2002
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  4. JoeReckless

    JoeReckless Founding Member

    Aug 12, 2002
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    And it's not over yet. There are still many remaining tigers from that team. It will be interesting to find out the final talley.

    It is getting harder and harder to know who to root for in the NFL these days.

    But that is a good thing.

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