LSU has been playing football for over 100 years.
During this time, the game has changed a lot. What we see now is different from what observers saw in 1905. The rules are different and the players are placed differently.
Some records set long ago will never be broken. This is largely due to changes in the game. Other numbers are so impressive that they can only be surpassed by one of the best players.
Of course, there were also records that were broken because of the changes. The passing records of the 1930s stood no chance against modern statistics. Here we look at six LSU football records that, in all likelihood, will stand until the end of the century.
28.3 rush attempts per game per season
In 1977 [autotag]Charles Alexander[/autotag] launched the ball 311 times (28.3 attempts per game). It was a different sport where the runners were at the center of the attack.
There are several factors preventing touching this record. First, teams that don’t use the treble no longer dribble as often.
Also, the style is different. Quarterbacks are more involved and runningbacks separate the carries.
It would take a real superstar to get 28.3 carries per game in LSU. Even [autotag]Leonard Furnett[/autotag] peaked at 25 per game in 2015 and he played in [autotag]Miles[/autotag] an offense that could not throw the ball.
519 yards per game
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Vs Tennessee in 1941 [autotag]Leo Bird[/autotag] hit 13 times for 519 yards. LSU only scored six points that day. I’m not betting that this record will fall soon because teams don’t play that often anymore.
A low-scoring game would be required where punt shots would give LSU a better chance of staying in the game rather than going for it. Two violations will require historically bad days.
53 consecutive launches
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[autotag]Cyron Black[/autotag] started his first game as a freshman in a red shirt and never looked back.
From that point on, he started every game at LSU, ending his career 53rd in a row.
Starting 53 in a row may be more achievable now than it was then. Playoff champions play 15 games instead of 14. But think about how long it takes to get it right. You have to be good enough to start as a freshman and then never miss a game with an injury.
[autotag]Will Campbell[/autotag] started Game 1 as a true freshman, but not against Tennessee. LSU will have to play 15 games over the next three years for Campbell to reach that mark. That would mean Campbell would even stay for four years, which is unlikely.
[autotag]Emery Jones[/autotag] can get there, but the same logic applies. Coaches are now also more sensible about player rest. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which someone would match Black’s 53 starts,
11 career failures
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Eleven doesn’t seem like a huge number at first glance, but Tyranne Mathieu’s 11 forced fumbles isn’t just an LSU record—it’s an SEC record.
He holds the LSU single-season record of six, and in 2010, five. Next on LSU’s permanent list is [autotag]Ali Highsmith[/autotag]who has seven.
Mathieu has only played for two years, so that number would be higher if he had the opportunity to play in 2012. His record for some time will stand in Baton Rouge.
40.2 yards per game catch
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There’s a tie on top. Among players who have made at least five catches in a game, [autotag]Devri Henderson[/autotag] and [autotag]Charles Carson[/autotag] both had games, averaging 40.2 yards per catch.
Henderson was the most memorable. His 201-yard play ended with a 75-yard touchdown known as the “Bluegrass Miracle” that beat Kentucky. Henderson caught five passes that day, and three of them were touchdowns.
He added 10 yards in the rush and 87 yards in the return game. This is one of the best and most effective games in LSU history.
I wouldn’t bet on 40.2 yards per catch in a game that’s coming up soon.
145 receiving yards per game
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Josh Reed’s 2001 season was incredible. In an age where passing didn’t rule the world, Reid put up numbers like the ones we saw with Chase and Jefferson in 2019.
One of those numbers was 145.2 yards per game, an SEC record. Reid gained 1,740 yards in 12 games.
This record may not be impossible to break, but 145 yards is a lot. This would require a Heisman-level season.