Leonard Fournette was the only Tiger to receive the vaunted No. 7 jersey before every playing a meaningful snap at LSU.
Now he has company.
Wide receiver Jonathan Giles will wear No. 7 this coming season, LSU announced Monday night. The Texas Tech transfer inherits not just the digit but the No. 1 receiver job from DJ Chark, who wore it last season.
The news only underscores how big the plans are that LSU has for Giles this coming season. Giles led the Red Raiders with 1,158 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 69 catches during his sophomore season in Lubbock before transferring.
Now he joins an elite fraternity of LSU players who’ve worn No. 7, including Fournette, Chark, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Ali Highsmith and Bert Jones.
“Honored and Blessed to wear #7 for the purple and gold,” Giles wrote in a twitter post shortly after the announcement.
Not everybody seemed thrilled with the selection, though. Former LSU safety Jamal Adams tweeted (and subsequently deleted) that the No. 7 jersey should have gone to linebacker Devin White. Tre’Davious White tweeted his support for it going to cornerback Greedy Williams, which has also been deleted.