LSU Football: Ranking the Top Five LSU Quarterbacks over the Past Decade
With LSU Football comes success, and with success comes good play from the quarterback. The Tigers' have seen plenty of great quarterbacks come through Baton Rouge, but this group over the past decade has been truly special.
From JaMarcus Russell to Matt Flynn to Jordan Jefferson, there have been some great ones. But where do these quarterbacks rank among the LSU elite?
Let's break down the top five quarterbacks at LSU over the past decade.
Bleacher Report Style.
5. Jordan Jefferson
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Jefferson is certainly not the most talented of the group, but the bottom line is that he has been with the program for four years now and has been a starter for three of those years.
In his career in purple and gold, Jefferson has thrown for 4,650 yards and 33 touchdowns. He has also added over 1,000 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers are simply too impressive to keep off this list.
The other player who was competing for this No. 5 spot was Ryan Perrillloux, who might be more talented than every QB on this list, but he was too much of a headcase and could never get it together in the college ranks.
Therefor, Jefferson takes home spot No. 5 on this impressive list of LSU quarterbacks.
4. Marcus Randle
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Randall had an unusual college career, seeing play time in three straight years, but never being a full time starter for an entire season.
In 2002, Randle was the backup to Matt Mauck, but he started the second half of the season when Mauck went down with an injury, and he played well.
In 2003, Randle served as the backup QB as Mauck led the Tigers to a National Championship under Nick Saban.
In 2004, Randle was the primary starter, but he shared time with JaMarcus Russell. Non-the-less, Randall always remained a fan favorite at LSU.
Overall, Randle finished his career with over 2,800 yards and 18 touchdowns while wearing the Purple and Gold.
3. Matt Flynn
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Matt Flynn is the only player on this list currently playing in the NFL today.
Flynn was a stud in college, playing three years at LSU, but having his senior year being the only season he was the full-time starter. That worked just fine for Flynn, who led LSU to the memorable National Championship win over Ohio State in the 2007 BCS Title Game.
Flynn was named offensive MVP of the 2007 title game, setting a school record with four touchdown passes in the contest.
Despite only being the full-time starter for one full season, Flynn still managed to throw for 3,096 yards and 31 TDs during his career in Baton Rouge. His 31 touchdowns are the sixth-highest total in the program's storied history.
It's tough to beat that right there!
2. JaMarcus Russell
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Despite a forgettable professional career, there is a reason that JaMarcus Russell was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The man was beyond talented in his college playing days.
Russell was a two year starter at LSU from 2005-06. He posted a 20-3 record in his two years, including leading the Tigers to a SEC Championship berth in 2005 and a spot in the BCS Sugar Bowl in 2006.
In his junior season, Russell passed for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was an All-SEC member in his junior season and was named an All American Honorable Mention according to Sports Illustrated.
As mentioned, Russell went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and was out of the league by 2009, making him one of, if not the biggest draft day busts of all time.
1. Matt Mauck
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Just like Tim Tebow, all Matt Mauck did in college was win football games.
Mauck was an eye-popping 18-2 during two seasons spent as LSU's starting quarterback, including leading the Tigers' to the memorable 2003 National Championship.
Mauck's .900 winning percentage at LSU is the best winning percentage of any starting quarterback in the program's storied history.
He finished his career with 3,831 yards and 37 touchdown passes, which ranks third all time in school history. His 310 completions, 58.6 completion percentage, 529 passing attempts and 3,831 passing yards all rank in the top-10 in LSU history.
It's tough to beat that!