Top 101 LSU football players of all time: No. 101-91

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LSU football has been around for a long time. Since 1893, to be exact.

In that span, plenty of great football players have come through the program. Before we begin the journey of the 2022 season, I thought I’d take a stab at ranking the 101 best players in LSU history.

I want to say a few things before we get started to take you behind the curtain on how this list was put together and throw some disclaimers in there, too.

I have tried to avoid recency bias as much as possible. It can be hard to get enough information about older players, but I did my best to get them about in the ballpark of where they should be.

Anytime there’s a list this big, people will disagree. There’s so little that separates the 50th player from the 70th, and so on.

I tried to balance consistency over multiple seasons with some players that had one great year. Both have been rewarded here. With that in mind, let’s jump right in and begin the countdown.

No. 101 - Eric Reid

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There’s a good argument for Reid to be higher on this list considering he was a critical part of LSU becoming DBU.

Many outlets recognized Reid as an All-American in 2012. His 2011 performance against Alabama is one of the single greatest performances by a defensive back in LSU history.

In 2011, he had two interceptions and two forced fumbles, and he ranked top 10 in the SEC in solo tackles. He was one of the leaders of that 2011 unit, which is one of the best in LSU history.

Reid was drafted in the first round in 2013 and put together a solid NFL career.

No. 100 - Stephen Peterman

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Peterman was one of the best offensive linemen in college football during his time with the Tigers, which included LSU’s 2003 title run.

He allowed just two sacks over his final two years with the Tigers. He led some of LSU’s best offensive lines, paving the way for the run game. Peterman went on to start 86 games in the NFL, remaining in the league for almost a decade.

No. 99 - Rondell Mealey and Garry James

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I’m cheating with this one, so really this list will be 102 players.

Mealey and James were both great running backs that had to share the backfield with other stars, but both were significant contributors for all four years.

James finished his career with 3,211 total yards and 30 total touchdowns. He led the SEC in catches in 1985 and was a threat on the ground and in the passing game.

Mealey was with LSU from 1996-99 and ran for 2,238 yards and 29 touchdowns. He finished top five in the SEC in yards per attempt twice and top 10 in touchdowns three times.

No. 98 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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After years of recruiting highly touted running backs, LSU missed on some of its top targets and ended up with Edwards-Helaire. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for LSU as the three-star went on to be a key piece of the 2019 title team.

CEH racked up 1,867 total yards in 2019 along with 17 touchdowns. In LSU’s big win over Alabama, he had 180 total yards and four total touchdowns. He had six games that year where he rushed for over 130 yards, including running for 188 against Arkansas on just six carries.

He was drafted in the first round in 2020 by the Kansas City Chiefs.

No. 97 - Derrius Guice

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Guice spent much of his career in Fournette’s shadow but made the most of his opportunities. When he finally got the chance to be the feature back in 2017, he dealt with injuries that prevented him from living up to the preseason expectations.

Despite all that, he still rushed for 3,074 yards in his career and 29 touchdowns. He ran for over 250 yards in a game on three separate occasions and went over 100 yards 12 times.

Guice is no longer in LSU’s record books due to off-the-field issues that came to light following his college career.

No. 96 - Jeff Wickersham

At the time Wickersham left LSU in 1985, he was the most prolific passer in program history. He attempted over 1,000 passes with the Tigers and finished top-two in the SEC in completions in all three years as a starter.

He was top three in passing yards each year as well. Wickersham did have a tendency to throw some picks with 39 in his career. He may not have ever been elite, but he gave LSU significant production over a three-year period.

Wickersham’s daughter, Shelby, played for LSU softball and threw a no-hitter in 2019.

No. 95 - Kyle Williams

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In 2005, Williams was one of the best defensive tackles in the country and was a Second-Team All-America selection.

He was a part of LSU’s 2003 title team and started 33 games during his time in Baton Rouge. He was a critical piece for some really good LSU defenses.

It was tempting to put Williams higher on this list with the NFL career he had. He was drafted in the fifth round but turned that into a 13-year stint with the Buffalo Bills where he was a six-time Pro Bowler.

No. 94 - Rydell Melancon

Melancon played at LSU from 1980-83 and to this day remains the Tigers’ career sacks leader.

His best year came in 1981 when he racked up 10 sacks. It’s one of the best pass-rushing years in LSU history. Melancon was part of one of the top linebacker groups in college football that year, but it didn’t translate to success for LSU as the team went just 3-7-1.

No. 93 - Marvin "Moose" Stewart

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Stewart played center at LSU from 1934-36. This was the first great era of LSU football, with the Tigers appearing in back-to-back Sugar Bowls. He was All-SEC for two years and was inducted into LSU’s Hall of Fame.

This was a different era. Players like Stewart had to play the whole game, often on both sides of the ball. Along with center, Stewart also played linebacker.

LSU’s 1935 team went 5-0 in conference play, and Stewart was a large part of that.

No. 92 - Chad Lavalais

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The way Lavalais ended up at LSU is a story in itself.

He could not originally qualify due to his ACT score, so he had to take a couple of years off from football. During that time, he worked as a prison guard before joining the team in 2000 when he was 21.

During LSU’s title run in 2003, he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. Those honors made it tempting to put Lavalais higher.

He was drafted in the fifth round in 2005 and spent a few years in the league.

No. 91 - George Bevan

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Bevan played at LSU from 1967-69, and if it weren’t for some injury trouble, he surely would have been higher. He was one of the best linebackers in the country in 1969. The Tigers went 9-1 that year and finished as a top 10 team.

Bevan helped LSU lead the SEC in scoring defense during that 1969 campaign. It allowed just 9.1 points per game, which was a whole four points better than Georgia, who ranked second in the SEC in scoring defense.

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Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire