Tre'Davious White is just one of several elite defensive backs that LSU produced during the 2010s
Very few college football programs have been blessed with the amount of talent and wins as the LSU Tigers have over the past decade. The Tigers have had pockets of tremendous success in their history, claiming a national title in 1958 and fielding high-achieving teams in the early '70s and mid-80s. But they truly started to become a blue-blood program in 2001 when then-head coach Nick Saban lifted the Tigers to a 10-win season and built towards a national championship run in 2003.
The winning ways continued under Les Miles with a BCS title in 2007 and no fewer than eight wins per season from 2000-19. The succession of current head coach Ed Orgeron taking over for Miles has taken some tinkering, but the familiar sight of seeing the Tigers hoist trophies returned in 2019 with a historic 15-win season, the fourth undefeated season in school history (1908, '33, and '58).
The Tigers' run from 2010-19 has produced five double-digit win seasons for a total of 103 victories. A measuring stick for most fans in regards to overall program talent is how the NFL views the roster. Over the past 10 seasons, LSU has had 62 players drafted including 10 in the first round. Twice, the NFL has called nine different LSU players in a single draft (2013 and '14). With all of that talent recruited, signed, and cultivated, which players make the Tigers’ All-Decade Team?
QB: Joe Burrow (2018-19)
RB: Leonard Fournette (2014-16)
RB: Derrius Guice (2015-17)
AP: Odell Beckham Jr. (2011-13)
WR: Justin Jefferson (2017-19)
WR: Ja'Marr Chase (2018-present)
WR: Rueben Randle (2009-11)
TE: Foster Moreau (2015-18)
C: Ethan Pocic (2013-16)
OL: Trai Turner (2011-13)
OL: Jerald Hawkins (2012-15)
OL: Joe Barksdale (2007-10)
OL: La'el Collins (2011-14)
DL: Michael Brockers (2010-11)
DL: Ego Ferguson (2011-13)
DL: Sam Montgomery (2010-12)
DL: Barkevious Mingo (2010-12)
LB: Devin White (2016-18)
LB: Kevin Minter (2010-12)
LB: Deion Jones (2012-15)
CB: Patrick Peterson (2008-10)
CB: Tre'Davious White (2013-16)
S: Eric Reid (2010-12)
S: Grant Delpit (2017-19)
K: Cole Tracy (2018)
P: Brad Wing (2011-12)
RS: Tre'Davious White (2013-16
Toughest Position: Wide Receiver
Before the 2019 season, LSU was never a "throwing" squad, which limited their receivers' impact on the field. Most teams early in the decade featured one dominant receiver with the other targets maybe getting 400 yards with a couple of touchdowns. Many former Tigers were essentially robbed of showcasing what they could do on the field as a receiver giving way to a run-heavy offensive mindset. With that in mind, picking a "best" one-and-done season is tough.
Deepest Position: Secondary
Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne would be standouts for any program, but LSU also produced studs like Eric Reid, Tyrann Mathieu, Jalen Collins, Jamal Adams, Donte Jackson, and Greedy Williams to make making the choice here even more difficult. This does not include talents like Jalen Mills, Rashard Robinson, Tharold Simon, Ron Brooks, Brandon Taylor, and Chad Jones that have helped LSU earn the "DBU" (Defensive Back Univerity) label.
Weakest Position: Quarterback
Over the past 10 years, only two LSU quarterbacks have been drafted: Zach Mettenberger (2014) and Danny Etling (2018). Mettenberger had a career season in 2013 throwing for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns; Etling’s big 2017 encompassed 2,463 yards with 16 touchdowns. Compared to the FBS quarterbacks slinging it during the 2019 season, Mettenberger's best year would have ranked 32nd overall and Etling's best would have placed 66th, right behind the numbers Auburn's Bo Nix produced.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience and is a member of the FWAA. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and has his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanWrightRNG.