LSU Tigers football is entrenched in tradition. You don’t want to travel to Death Valley on Saturday night. Play “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” and every LSU football fan loses their mind. The No. 18 jersey is a symbol of leadership and work ethic for the unheralded players on LSU’s roster, but there’s another jersey holding even more weight in recent years.
Ever notice how the guy wearing No. 7 on his back is arguably LSU’s best player? The last to wear it was LSU safety Grant Delpit, who was the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award winner as college football’s top defensive back and a two-time Consensus All-American. His time on the bayou is over, which means his jersey passes to another icon in LSU history.
For the 2020 season, junior wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will wear the iconic No. 7 for what figures to be his final season with Ed Orgeron’s Tigers.
Ja’Marr Chase to Wear LSU’s No. 7 Jersey
“We don’t believe in low expectations. When we set a goal, we surpass it. When we surpass it, we set a new one. That’s the LSU standard of performance. And like the three letters on our chest, it never changes.
“The only thing that does is the name on our back.”
As a sophomore last season, Chase set single-season SEC records for receiving yards (1,780) and receiving touchdowns (20) catching passes from Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. He won the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s top pass catcher and was unanimously selected First-Team All-American as well as First-Team All-SEC.
Chase caught nine passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in LSU’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game victory over the Clemson Tigers.
LSU’s top playmaker returns for his junior season at Louisiana State University with the Southeastern Conference’s career mark for receiving touchdowns (31) in his sights, and he’ll carry on a tradition that’s two decades in the making.
LSU Players to Wear Jersey Number 7
Grant Delpit, Safety (2019)
Jim Thorpe Award winner (2019); Two-time All-American
D.J. Chark, Wide Receiver (2017)
Second-Team All-SEC (2017); Second-round pick in NFL Draft
Leonard Fournette, Running Back (2014-16)
Single-season record for rushing yards (1,953); First-Team All-American (2015)
Tyrann Mathieu, Safety (2010-11)
Holds LSU record for forced fumbles (11); Finished 5th in 2011 Heisman Trophy voting
Patrick Peterson, Cornerback (2008-10)
Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Award winner (2010); No. 5 overall pick in NFL Draft
Ali Highsmith, Linebacker (2004-07)
Second-Team All-American (2007); 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks in BCS National Championship