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LSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

For Immediate Release -March 5, 2020

ALL-AMERICA JA’MARR CHASE TO WEAR NO. 7 FOR LSU IN 2020


BATON ROUGE – Ja’Marr Chase, the winner of the 2019 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and a unanimous All-America, will wear No. 7 for the Tigers as a junior in 2020, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Thursday

Chase will debut his new number when the Tigers open spring drills on Saturday.

“Ja’Marr is a tremendous football player from the great state of Louisiana that represents our football program with great character and integrity,” Orgeron said. “(His parents) Jimmy and Toleah have done a great job of raising him and he has worked extremely hard on and off the field to develop as a player, while also becoming an outstanding leader for our team. He’s very deserving of having the opportunity to be the next LSU player to wear number 7. I know he will do a great job of representing that number and all of those who have worn the number 7 before him.”

Chase, who joined Josh Reed as the only Biletnikoff Award winners in school history last year, had a record-setting season in 2019 finishing with 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 20 TDs and 1,780 receiving yards both set SEC records as he led the nation in both categories.

Chase capped last year with nine catches for 221 yards and two TDs in helping LSU to a 42-25 win over Clemson in the national championship game. Chase caught at least one TD pass in 11 of the 14 games in which he appeared. He also became the first player in LSU history to have three 200-yard receiving games in the same season.

“This was a tough decision for me,” Chase said. “I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. I look at No. 7 as a competitive number. I think the No. 7 at LSU is a challenge. There's a lot of things that go on in the year when you have 7 on, a lot of critics, a lot of people, a lot of expectations from 7, and I want to have that challenge upon me."

Chase goes into his junior season with 107 career receptions for 2,093 yards and 23 TDs. In 2019, Chase became the first sophomore in LSU history to reach 2,000 receiving yards during his first two years with the Tigers.
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demtigers7348 months
Cool, but when an offensive player has 7, LSU is average should have given it to Stingley, here comes 9-3!
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Tiger4life580348 months
Stingley will have it his junior year no doubt
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Giantkiller48 months
But who will wear 18? And now who will wear #9? And who will wear #72? And who will wear #13? Why is this a thing?
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GoRuckTiger48 months
How is this hard to understand? It’s become tradition I think the players enjoy.
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Datbayoubengal48 months
Yall start this bullshite every year. Tyrann Mathieu wanted to switch to #7, Fournette wanted #7 coming in, these players know the significance of wearing that number. It means you are THE guy.
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Tiger4life580348 months
Will never understand how Giles came away with 7 instead of Guice
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bapple48 months
I don’t think Giles and Guice played the same year.
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bapple48 months
The LSU media team continues to kill it with these videos. Excellent work. Geaux Tigers.
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Vidic48 months
LSU football: when a number worn 10 years ago is your most sacred tradition :newmoney:
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Vidic48 months
Lmao I just actually watched the video. “We don’t believe in low expectations” unless your name is Jonathan Giles
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Drizzt48 months
GFY. Its a fun thing each season now. Some people are just miserable pricks.
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Vidic48 months
Aww drizzT is mad at someone on the internet. At least it’s better than yalls trashy STTDB tradition
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tigersquad8948 months
Well deserved.
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eddieray48 months
Im happy for him, he’s a great Tiger and a truly elite WR.
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Dennis4LSU48 months
He needs to stay in #1. #7 has the John Madden curse of LSU lately
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FournetteForEver748 months
Said the same thing when I read he'll wear the 7. Too much pressure on these guys to wear the #
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OzChuffnugg48 months
How? Because they gave it to Giles pre-maturely? Some LSU fans were quick to say Delpit had a bad year while those that matter gave him the Thorpe Award.
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SuckFickNaban48 months
Congrats Ja'Marr!
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Hangover Haven48 months
Raider Pride..!
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Steve Janowski48 months
Uh....... where is the Giles jersey in the row of 7's?
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Shiftyplus148 months
FFS let it go.
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southsidedell48 months
Shhhh....we do not speak of this.
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Vidic48 months
The LSU “family” unless you suck then you’re erased from history
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Dixierebel48 months
Congrats JaMarr Chase! #7
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Nix to Twillie48 months
First dropped pass he’ll no longer deserve it, right rant?
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tigersquad8948 months
If you are you referring to Giles you clearly didn’t watch that season. The guy was trash. It was much more than a dropped pass.
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Nix to Twillie48 months
tigersquad89, it's not just Giles. Chark and Delpit both "didn't deserve number 7" after they made a few mistakes. There were multiple threads about it.
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Wyatt58748 months
Congratulations to Jamar Chase a BEAST the best WR in the nation!!!
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Moonlight48 months
1 > 7
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reauxl tigers48 months
Solid choice. My pick was Stingley
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Jinks48 months
Sting will get it next year
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southsidedell48 months
Assuming Sting wants it.................yeah he will want it. These dudes are competitors. They want that pressure.
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Music_City_Tiger48 months
I thought he looked pretty dang good sporting # 1.
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Barbellthor48 months
Can’t go wrong with that at all.
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