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The 2018 LSU Tigers football team represents Louisiana State University in the 2018 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 are led by second-year head coach Ed Orgeron.

2018 LSU Tigers football
LSU Athletics logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 40–32 vs. UCF
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 6
2018 record10–3 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachEd Orgeron (2nd full year as HC; 3rd overall season)
Offensive coordinatorSteve Ensminger (1st full year as OC; 9th overall season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style/Spread
Defensive coordinatorDave Aranda (3rd season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumTiger Stadium (Capacity: 102,321)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7т Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7т Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of April 21, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Tigers finished the 2017 season 9–4, 6–2 in SEC play to finish in third place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they lost to Notre Dame.

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Tigers signed a total of 22 recruits.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[1] Devin White LB JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[2] Devin White LB JR
Greedy Williams CB SO
Fred Biletnikoff Award[3] Jonathan Giles WR JR
John Mackey Award[4] Foster Moreau TE SR
Butkus Award[5] Devin White LB JR
Jim Thorpe Award[6] Greedy Williams CB SO
Wuerffel Trophy[7] Blake Ferguson LS JR
Walter Camp Award[8] Greedy Williams CB SO

SEC media pollEdit

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Tigers selected to finish in fifth place in the West Division.[9]

Media poll (West)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Alabama 1,971 (263)
2 Auburn 1,664 (19)
3 Mississippi State 1,239 (2)
4 Texas A&M 1,091
5 LSU 1,025
6 Ole Miss 578
7 Arkansas 412

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Tigers had five players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:30 p.m.vs. No. 8 Miami (FL)*No. 25ABCW 33–1768,841
September 86:00 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana*No. 11ESPN2W 31–096,883
September 152:30 p.m.at No. 7 AuburnNo. 12CBSW 22–2186,787
September 226:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*No. 6
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ESPNUW 38–21102,321
September 298:00 p.m.Ole MissNo. 5
ESPNW 45–16100,224
October 62:30 p.m.at No. 22 FloridaNo. 5CBSL 19–2790,283
October 132:30 p.m.No. 2 GeorgiaNo. 13
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
CBSW 36–16102,321
October 206:00 p.m.No. 22 Mississippi StateNo. 5
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
ESPNW 19–3101,340
November 37:00 p.m.No. 1 AlabamaNo. 3
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
CBSL 0–29102,321
November 106:30 p.m.at ArkansasNo. 9SECNW 24–1764,135
November 176:30 p.m.Rice*No. 10
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ESPNUW 42–10100,323
November 246:30 p.m.at Texas A&MNo. 8SECNL 72–74 7OT101,501
January 1, 201912:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 UCF*No. 11ESPNW 40–3257,246
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

2018 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Ja'Marr Chase Fr
WR 2 Justin Jefferson So
QB 3 AJ Aycock Fr
RB 4 Nick Brossette Sr
QB 5 Alex Aucoin Fr
WR 6 Terrace Marshall Jr. Fr
QB 8 Jordan Loving Fr
QB 9 Joe Burrow Jr
WR 10 Stephen Sullivan Jr
WR 11 Dee Anderson Jr
WR 12 Jonathan Giles Jr
QB 13 Andre Sale So
RB 14 Justin Jones   So
QB 15 Myles Brennan So
QB 16 Tiger Scheyd Sr
TE 17 Racey McMath So
TE 18 Foster Moreau Sr
WR 19 Derrick Dillon Jr
RB 22 Clyde Edwards-Helaire So
RB 24 Chris Curry Fr
RB 25 Tae Provens Fr
RB 27 Lanard Fournette Jr
WR 28 Danny Bushland Fr
WR 30 Michael Ostrom Sr
TE 34 Zach Sheffer Fr
WR 38 Keith Fulton So
TE 41 David Ducre Sr
TE 41 Carlton Smith   Fr
TE 42 Aaron Moffitt   Fr
FB 43 Matt Brock Jr
FB 44 Tory Carter So
TE 45 Stephen King Fr
FB 47 Trey Gallman Sr
TE 49 Jansen Mayea Fr
OL 51 Dare Rosenthal Fr
OL 54 Rory Luke Jr
OL 57 Chasen Hines Fr
OL 61 Cameron Wire Fr
OL 62 Justin Mikush Sr
OL 65 Jakori Savage   So
OL 67 Cole Smith Fr
OL 68 Damien Lewis Jr
OL 69 Turner Simmers Sr
OL 70 Ed Ingram So
OL 71 Donovaughn Campbell So
OL 73 Adrian Magee Jr
OL 74 Badara Traore Jr
OL 75 Michael Smith   So
OL 76 Austin Deculus So
OL 77 Saahdiq Charles So
OL 78 Garrett Brumfield Sr
OL 79 Lloyd Cushenberry III   So
TE 80 Jamal Pettigrew   So
TE 81 Thaddeus Moss So
WR 82 Kenan Jones Fr
WR 83 Jaray Jenkins Fr
WR 85 Michael Martin Fr
WR 87 Wesley McKoy Jr
TE 88 Jacory Washington Sr
WR 89 Colby Brunet   So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Kelvin Joseph Fr
DB 3 JaCoby Stevens So
LB 4 K'Lavon Chaisson So
DB 5 Kary Vincent Jr. So
LB 6 Jacob Phillips So
LB 8 Patrick Queen So
DB 9 Grant Delpit So
DB 11 Terrence Alexander Sr
DB 13 Jontre Kirklin So
DB 14 Ja'Vaughn Narcisse   Fr
DB 17 Jabari Murray Fr
DB 21 Ed Paris Sr
DB 22 Kristian Fulton Jr
LB 23 Micah Bakersfield Fr
LB 24 Tyler Taylor So
DB 25 Jonathan Baker Jr
DB 26 John Battle Sr
DB 27 Treven Kately   Fr
DB 28 Mannie Netherly So
DB 29 Greedy Williams   So
DB 30 Eric Monroe   So
DB 31 Cameron Lewis   So
DB 32 Amire Loftis Jr
DB 33 Todd Harris Jr. So
LB 35 Damone Clark Fr
DB 39 Lloyd Cole Jr
LB 40 Devin White Jr
LB 42 Hunter Faust Fr
LB 43 Ray Thornton   So
LB 45 Michael Divinity Jr. Jr
LB 46 Andre Anthony   So
DL 47 Nelson Jenkins III Fr
LB 48 Dantrieze Scott Fr
DL 49 Travez Moore Jr
LB 52 Kody Hall Jr
LB 53 Cameron Prudhomme Fr
DL 54 Davin Cotton Fr
LB 55 Jarell Cherry Fr
LB 58 Jared Small   Fr
DL 59 Seth Newsome   So
DL 72 Tyler Shelvin   Fr
DL 90 Rashard Lawrence Jr
DL 91 Breiden Fehoko Jr
DL 92 Neil Farrell Jr. So
DL 93 Justin Thomas So
DL 95 Ed Alexander So
DL 96 Glenn Logan   So
DL 98 Dominic Livingston Fr
DL 99 Ed Alexander Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 32 Avery Atkins Fr
K 34 Connor Culp   So
K 36 Cole Tracy Sr
P 38 Josh Growden Jr
K 39 Jack Gonsoulin Jr
P 46 Zack Von Rosenberg   So
LS 48 Blake Ferguson Jr
LS 53 Will Cox Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Steve EnsmingerOffensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Dave ArandaAssociate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
  • Greg McMahonSpecial Teams Coordinator
  • Tommie Robinson – Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Jerry SullivanOffensive Assistant/Passing Game Coordinator
  • Mickey JosephWide Receivers
  • James CreggOffensive Line
  • Dennis Johnson – Defensive Line
  • Corey RaymondDefensive Backs
  • Bill Busch – Safeties
  • Tommy Moffitt – Assistant Athletic Director/Strength and Conditioning
  • Dr. Sam Nader – Assistant Athletic Director - Football
  • Sharon Lewis – Assistant Athletic Director/Football Recruiting and Alumni Relations
  • Kevin FaulkDirector, Player Development
  • Derek Ponamsky – Special Assistant to the Head Coach

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

Roster
Last update: 10/26/18

Game summariesEdit

vs Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Hurricanes 3 0 0 14 17
No. 25 Tigers 10 17 6 0 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 2005 LSU, 40–3

Southeastern LouisianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
No. 11 Tigers 14 10 0 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1949 LSU, 48–7

at AuburnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 LSU Tigers 7 3 3 9 22
No. 7 AU Tigers 0 14 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–22–1 2017 LSU, 27–23

Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 7 7 7 21
No. 6 Tigers 7 17 0 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–1 2009 LSU, 24–16

Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 3 7 3 16
No. 5 Tigers 14 14 7 10 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
61–41–4 2017 LSU, 40–24

at FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Tigers 7 3 3 6 19
No. 22 Gators 0 14 0 13 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–32–3 2017 LSU, 17–16

GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bulldogs 0 0 9 7 16
No. 13 Tigers 3 13 3 17 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–13–1 2013 UGA, 44–41

Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Bulldogs 3 0 0 0 3
No. 5 Tigers 7 3 6 3 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
73–35–3 2017 MSU, 37–7

AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Crimson Tide 6 10 6 7 29
No. 4 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–52–5 2017 BAMA, 24–10

at ArkansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Tigers 7 7 10 0 24
Razorbacks 0 3 0 14 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–22–2 2017 LSU, 33–10

RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 3 0 7 10
No. 10 Tigers 14 14 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–13–5 1995 LSU, 52–7

[10]

at Texas A&MEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT4OT5OT6OT7OT Total
No. 8 Tigers 7 3 7 143783686 72
Aggies 7 10 7 73783688 74
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–21–3 2017 LSU, 45–21

Highest scoring game in FBS History[11]

vs. UCF (Fiesta Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Tigers 10 14 10 6 40
No. 7 Knights 14 7 3 8 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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 25 11 12 6 5 5 13 5 4 4 9 10 8 12–T 11 6 
Coaches 24 15 13 6 6 6 12 5 4 4 10 10 8 14 11 7 
CFP Not released 3 7 7 7 10 11 Not released

ReferencesEdit