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The 2016 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers play their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by 12th year head coach Les Miles for the first four games of the year before he was fired on September 25 along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.[1] Miles was replaced by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who was later promoted to head coach on November 26, 2016. They finished the season 8–4, 5–3 in SEC play to finish in a tie for second place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they defeated Louisville.

2016 LSU Tigers football
LSU Athletics logo.svg
Citrus Bowl champion
Citrus Bowl, W 29–9 vs. Louisville
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 13
2016 record8–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachLes Miles (4 games; fired 9/25)
Ed Orgeron (interim)
Offensive coordinatorCam Cameron (4 games)
Steve Ensminger (interim)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorDave Aranda (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
(Capacity: 102,321)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

LSU announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. Because of scheduling issues, the 2016 schedule consisted of 7 home, 3 away and 1 neutral site games in the regular season. The Tigers were to host SEC foes Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss, and travel to Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M.[2]

The Tigers competed against the Missouri Tigers for the first time since the 1978 Liberty Bowl which Missouri won 20–15. The team traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to compete against Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference at Lambeau Field. LSU hosted two non–conference games against Jacksonville State from the Ohio Valley Conference and Southern Miss from Conference USA. LSU was scheduled to play South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference, but it was cancelled after the Florida game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 32:30 p.m.vs. Wisconsin*No. 5ABCL 14–1673,128
September 106:30 p.m.Jacksonville State*No. 21ESPNUW 34–1398,389
September 176:00 p.m.Mississippi StateNo. 20
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
ESPN2W 23–2099,910
September 245:00 p.m.at AuburnNo. 18ESPNL 13–1887,451
October 16:30 p.m.Missouri 
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
SECNW 42–7102,071
October 156:30 p.m.Southern Miss*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
SECNW 45–10102,164
October 228:00 p.m.No. 23 Ole MissNo. 25
ESPNW 38–21101,720
November 57:00 p.m.No. 1 AlabamaNo. 15
CBSL 0–10102,321
November 126:00 p.m.at ArkansasNo. 19ESPNW 38–1075,156
November 19[a]12:00 p.m.No. 21 FloridaNo. 16
SECNL 10–16102,043
November 246:30 p.m.at No. 22 Texas A&MNo. 25ESPNW 54–39102,961
December 3110:00 a.m.vs. No. 15 Louisville*No. 19ABCW 29–946,063
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
^[a] The October 8 game between LSU and Florida was postponed in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.[5] The game was eventually rescheduled for November 19 at Tiger Stadium, replacing the previously scheduled game against South Alabama.
Schedule Source:[6]

RosterEdit

2016 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Trey LaForge   Fr
RB 4 Nick Brossette So
RB 5 Derrius Guice So
QB 6 Brandon Harris Jr
RB 7 Leonard Fournette Jr
QB 8 Caleb Lewis So
WR 10 Stephen Sullivan Fr
WR 11 Dee Anderson Fr
QB 12 Justin McMillan   Fr
QB 14 Lindsey Scott Jr. Fr
WR 15 Malachi Dupre Jr
QB 16 Danny Etling Jr
QB 17 Tiger Scheyd So
WR 25 Drake Davis Fr
RB 27 Lanard Fournette   Fr
WR 30 Michael Ostrom So
WR 31 Justin Jones Fr
FB 44 John David Moore Jr
OL 54 Rory Luke   Fr
G 63 K. J. Malone Jr
C 64 Will Clapp So
OL 65 Jakori Savage Fr
T 66 Toby Weathersby So
OL 67 Michael Smith Fr
OL 68 Chidi Okeke   Fr
OL 69 Turner Simmers So
OL 71 Donavaughn Campbell Fr
C 72 Andy Dodd Jr
G 73 Adrian Magee   Fr
OL 74 Willie Allen Fr
G 75 Maea Teuhema So
G 76 Josh Boutte Sr
C, G 77 Ethan Pocic Sr
G 78 Garrett Brumfield So
OL 79 Lloyd Cushenberry III Fr
TE 80 Jamal Pettigrew Fr
TE 81 Colin Jeter Sr
WR 82 DJ Chark Jr
WR 83 Travin Dural Sr
TE 84 Foster Moreau So
TE 88 Jacory Washington So
TE 89 DeSean Smith Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Donte Jackson So
CB 2 Kevin Toliver II So
CB 8 Saivion Smith Fr
S 9 Rickey Jefferson Sr
CB 12 Micah Dickens Jr
DB 13 Dwayne Thomas Sr
DB 15 Tony Westly Jr
CB 17 Xavier Lewis   Fr
CB 18 Tre'Davious White Sr
CB 21 Ed Paris Jr
DB 22 Kristian Fulton Fr
S 23 Corey Thompson Sr
LB 24 Devin White Fr
DB 29 Greedy Williams Fr
DB 30 Eric Monroe Fr
DB 31 Cameron Lewis Fr
DB 32 Leyton Lavigne So
S 33 Jamal Adams Jr
LB 40 Duke Riley Sr
LB 50 Layton Garnett Fr
LB 51 Jonathan Rucker Jr
LB 52 Kendell Beckwith Sr
LB 53 Ben Nola Fr
DL 54 Justin Kairdolf Fr
NT 55 Travonte Valentine So
LB 56 M. J. Patterson Jr
DT 57 Davon Godchaux Jr
LB 58 Hunter Burns Sr
DE 59 Jordan Harper Sr
DL 60 Marcus Roberts Sr
DL 85 Jamil Abdul-Aziz Fr
DT 90 Rashard Lawrence Fr
DT 91 Christian LaCouture Sr
DE 92 Lewis Neal Sr
DE 93 Andre Anthony Fr
DE 93 Seth Newsome Fr
DE 94 Isaiah Washington So
DT 95 Ed Alexander Fr
DE 96 Glen Logan Fr
DT 97 Frank Herron Jr
DE 98 Deondre Clark Jr
DT 99 Greg Gilmore Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 35 Jack Gonsoulin   Fr
PK 42 Colby Delahoussaye Sr
P 46 Zach Von Rosenberg Fr
LS 59 John Ballis Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 5 (1) 21 20 18 RV RV RV 25 19 15 19 16 25 21 19 13 
Coaches 6 22 22 17 RV RV 25 23 19 14 19 14 RV 21 20 14 
CFP Not released 13 24 16 NR 21 20 Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LSU fires coach Les Miles four games into his 12th season". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "2016 SEC Football Schedule Released" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "LSU vs Florida Rescheduled After Hurricane Matthew". Bleacher Report. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Football to Host Florida Nov. 19 in Tiger Stadium". LSUSports.net. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "SEC: LSU-Florida Football Postponed" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 LSU Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 5, 2015.