For Immediate Release - October 24, 2018


BATON ROUGE – As part of LSU’s celebration of 125 seasons of football in 2018, the school has released “The Next Great 25,” a team comprised of the 25 best players by position over the last quarter century. The team was selected by the permanent team captains from 1993-2017.

For players to be placed on the ballot they had to fall under one of the following categories: First Team All-America, First-Team All-SEC, or first round NFL Draft pick. The team consists of 11 players on offense and defense along with three specialists.

The “Next Great 25” serves as a compliment to LSU’s Team of the Century, which was selected as part of the school’s Centennial Football Celebration in 1992.

The listing of the team, along with biographical information on those players, can be found at

LSU’s “Next Great 25” Team (1993-2018)

C Ben Wilkerson, 2001-04
OL Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05
OL Alan Faneca, 1995-97
OL La'el Collins, 2011-14
OL Trai Turner, 2012-13
QB Matt Flynn, 2004-07
RB Leonard Fournette, 2014-16
RB Kevin Faulk, 1995-98
WR Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13
WR Josh Reed, 1999-2001
WR Michael Clayton, 2001-03

DL Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07
DL Kyle Williams, 2002-05
DL Marcus Spears, 2001-04
DL Anthony McFarland, 1995-98
LB Bradie James, 1999-2002
LB Ali Highsmith, 2004-07
LB Kelvin Sheppard, 2007-10
DB Patrick Peterson, 2008-10
DB Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11
DB LaRon Landry, 2003-06
DB Corey Webster, 2001-04

Special Teams:
RS Trindon Holliday, 2006-09
PK Colt David, 2005-08
P Donnie Jones, 2000-03

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eugene1928LSU69 months
Faneca best of all the linemen. If a fullback was listed, Tommy "touchdown" Banks
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Gumbo169 months
No Juice aka Jarvis Landry? Fooked up!
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bapple69 months
I actually think he was more reliable than OBJ at LSU. Had fewer drops and was more physical. OBJ was still an excellent receiver, no doubt, but Jarvis would not be denied.
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abellsujr69 months
Cool to see Kelvin Sheppard on there. He's one of my all time favorite Tigers. Great leader in the room and on the field. He was a beast in that 2010 Alabama game.
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Stingy69 months
Great list. Clayton and Reed are my all time favorite Tigers.
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LSUSkip69 months
one hell of a roster, think about the guys that didn't even make the list
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LSUSkip69 months
Tyson Jackson, Michael Brockers, Barkevious Mingo, Eric Reid, Mo Claiborne, Tre White.
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SamuelClemens69 months
There are enough left over that another team just as great could be made
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alumni9569 months
Lafleur at TE, if we needed to name one?
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Placebeaux69 months
Hard not to have Michael Brockers on that list.
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Placebeaux69 months
Id swap OBJ for Eddie Kennison
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Bigpoppat69 months
Come on man
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alumni9569 months
I gotta have Juice or Bowe over OBJ... just my opinion, but I thought both of those and maybe even Doucet were better while at LSU.
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Placebeaux69 months
Move Trindon Holliday to DE. Championship
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ByUselves69 months
Tuff to name these teams, always going to leave someone off. Can't really argue with these picks, but...
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LSUfonte69 months
Devin White is better than all 3 LBers listed
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alumni9569 months
Agreed... good players, but I thought it a little underwhelming besides Bradie James. White for sure should be on that list.
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jimbeam69 months
Were Kelvin and Highsmith better than guys like say Beckwith or Debo?
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Tiger36569 months
No scores on that “D”!
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