By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
No, you’re not seeing double: for the first time in school history, two LSU players will wear the coveted No. 18 jersey.
The school announced Monday morning that former walk-on fullback J.D. Moore — now a tight end in Matt Canada’s offense — will join defensive end Christian LaCouture in wearing No. 18 this season. Moore was presented his new jersey at a team meeting Sunday night.
Bestowing the No. 18 jersey to veteran leaders is a tradition that dates back to Matt Mauck and the 2003 national championship season. But this is the first time two players will wear it in the same season.
“This team has a number of guys who would be a perfect fit to wear No. 18 for the Tigers and I am very proud that both Christian and J.D. will get a chance to do that,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said through an official release. “The leadership they have shown makes them both a great choice.”
Both players are fifth-year seniors and multiple-year starters for the Tigers. Moore carries a 3.995 GPA in architecture, which, needless to say, is not easy to do.
Here’s the list of LSU’s No. 18s:
2000-03: Matt Mauck
2004-07: Jacob Hester
2008-09: Richard Dickson
2010: Richard Murphy
2011: Brandon Taylor
2012: Bennie Logan
2013: Lamin Barrow
2014: Terrence Magee
2015-16: Tre’Davious White
2017: Christian LaCouture; J.D. Moore