All-Time Player Rankings #101-91
LSU football has been around for a long time. Since 1893, to be exact.
During this period, many great football players have passed through the program. Before I begin the journey of the 2022 season, I thought I’d try to rank the top 101 players in LSU history.
I want to say a few things before I start taking you behind the curtain on how this list was put together and adding some disclaimers to it.
I tried to avoid recency bias as much as possible. It can be difficult to get enough information on older players, but I’ve done my best to get them to where they should be.
Whenever there is such a long list, people will disagree. There are so few things that separate the 50th player from the 70th, and so on.
I tried to balance consistency over several seasons with some players who had a great year. Both have been rewarded here. With that in mind, let’s go ahead and start the countdown.
#101 – Eric Reid
There’s a good argument for Reid being higher on this list considering he was a vital part of LSU becoming DBU.
Many outlets recognized Reid as an All-American in 2012. His 2011 performance against Alabama is one of the greatest performances by a defensive back in LSU history.
In 2011, he had two interceptions and two forced fumbles, and he ranked in the SEC’s top 10 in solo tackles. He was a leader in that 2011 unit, which is one of the best in LSU history.
Reid was drafted in the first round in 2013 and has had a strong NFL career.
No. 100 – Stephen Peterman
Peterman was one of the best offensive linemen in college football during his time with the Tigers, which included LSU’s 2003 title run.
He’s allowed just two sacks in his last two years with the Tigers. He led some of LSU’s best offensive lines, leading the way in the running game. Peterman went on to start 86 games in the NFL, remaining in the league for nearly a decade.
No. 99 – Rondell Mealey and Garry James
I’m cheating with this one, so really this list will be 102 players.
Both Mealey and James were excellent running backs who had to share the backfield with other stars, but both were big contributors for all four years.
James finished his career with 3,211 total yards and 30 total touchdowns. He led the SEC in catches in 1985 and was a threat on the field and in the passing game.
Mealey was with LSU from 1996 to 1999 and rushed for 2,238 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was twice in the SEC top five in yards per attempt and three times in the top 10 in touchdowns.
No. 98 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire
After years of recruiting highly touted running backs, LSU missed some of its key goals and ended up with Edwards-Helaire. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for LSU, as the three-star became a key part of the 2019 title team.
CEH had 1,867 total yards in 2019 with 17 touchdowns. In LSU’s big win over Alabama, he had 180 total yards and four total touchdowns. He played in six games that year where he rushed for over 130 yards, including 188 against Arkansas on just six carries.
He was drafted in the first round in 2020 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
#97 – Derrius Guice
Guice spent much of his career in Fournette’s shadow but took advantage of his opportunities. When he finally got the chance to be the feature in 2017, he dealt with injuries that kept him from meeting preseason expectations.
Despite all that, he still rushed for 3,074 career yards and 29 touchdowns. He ran for 250+ yards in a game three times and rushed for 100+ yards 12 times.
Guice is no longer in the LSU record books due to off-court issues that came to light after his college career.
No. 96 – Jeff Wickersham
Jeff Wickerham 1982-85. 21-12-2 as input. Threw for 6,921 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career. pic.twitter.com/aGAkmc44UE
— Vintage LSU Football (@vintagelsuftb) July 8, 2022
By the time Wickersham left LSU in 1985, he was the most prolific passer in program history. He attempted more than 1,000 passes with the Tigers and finished in the SEC’s top two in finishes in his three years as a starter.
He was also in the top three in passing yards every year. Wickersham has tended to throw a few picks with 39 in his career. He may never have made it to the top flight, but he gave LSU significant production over a three-year span.
Wickersham’s daughter Shelby played for LSU softball and threw a no-hitter in 2019.
No. 95 – Kyle Williams
In 2005, Williams was one of the top defensive tackles in the nation and was a second-team All-America selection.
He was on LSU’s title team in 2003 and started 33 games during his time in Baton Rouge. He was an essential element for very good LSU defenses.
It was tempting to put Williams higher on this list with his NFL career. He was drafted in the fifth round, but turned that into a 13-year stint with the Buffalo Bills where he was a six-time Pro Bowler.
N°94 – Rydell Melancon
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Melancon played at LSU from 1980 to 1983 and remains the Tigers’ career sack leader to this day.
His best year came in 1981 when he racked up 10 sacks. It was one of the best rushing years in LSU history. Melancon was part of one of the best linebacking groups in college football that year, but that didn’t translate to success for LSU as the team went just 3-7-1.
No. 93 – Marvin “Moose” Stewart
Stewart played center for LSU from 1934 to 1936. This was LSU football’s first major era, with the Tigers appearing in back-to-back Sugar Bowls. He was All-SEC for two years and was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.
It was another era. Players like Stewart had to play the whole game, often on both sides of the ball. In addition to center, Stewart also played linebacker.
LSU’s 1935 team went 5-0 in conference, and Stewart was a big part of that.
No. 92 – Chad Lavalais
How Lavalais ended up at LSU is a story in itself.
He couldn’t originally qualify due to his ACT score, so he had to take time off from football for a few years. During this time he worked as a prison guard before joining the team in 2000 when he was 21 years old.
During LSU’s 2003 title run, he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. These honors made it tempting to place Lavalais higher.
He was drafted in the fifth round in 2005 and spent a few years in the league.
No. 91 – Georges Bevan
Bevan played at LSU from 1967 to 1969, and if it weren’t for the injury issues, he surely would have been higher. He was one of the best linebackers in the country in 1969. The Tigers went 9-1 that year and finished in the top 10 teams.
Bevan helped LSU lead the SEC in goal defense in that 1969 campaign. He allowed just 9.1 points per game, four points better than Georgia, which ranked second in the SEC in terms of defense.