Best LSU football players: Modern-era Mount Rushmore – From Tyrann Mathieu to Joe Burrow

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU Tigers. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Best LSU Football players, Mount Rushmore
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The simple truth about running back Kevin Faulk is that he never had one season that was as dominant as the ones put forth by Leonard Fournette or even Derrius Guice for that matter. In fact, no season from Faulk ranks in the top five in terms of rushing yards in LSU history and no season ranks inside the top six for rushing touchdowns in a year. And yet, Faulk is wholly deserving of this spot.

Over his four years at LSU, Faulk was the model of consistency for the Tigers offense. After rushing for 852 yards and six scores on only 174 carries as a freshman, the running back rushed for at least 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns in the next three seasons, even in 1997 when he was limited to only nine games.

When it was all said and done in Baton Rouge, Faulk ended his career as the all-time leading rusher in program history with 4,557 yards, a mark that he still holds — by a 500-yard margin, it should be said. Furthermore, Faulk is also the LSU football career leader in rushing touchdowns with 46.

Though Faulk’s highs may not have been as lofty as some of his LSU brethren and though he may not have cleaned up in terms of hardware, he was a consistent and productive force over a four-year career, which is what lands him in the top four of the modern era.