LSU football names recipients for iconic No. 18 (Video)

LSU football will have two new players wear the No. 18 jersey in 2020.

It’s officially time for the legacy of LSU football’s No. 18 jersey to be carried on by two new players.

On Friday, LSU announced linebacker Damone Clark and running back Chris Curry as recipients of the iconic No. 18.

The two Tigers showed off their new threads on Twitter.

Damone Clark and Chris Curry will carry on the No. 18 tradition for LSU football.

Clark is entering his junior season with high expectations. The jersey award reflects that. Last year he started three times and served as a key member of the linebacker rotation. He’ll have a full-time gig in the starting lineup in 2020.

The hope is for Curry to fill some pretty massive shoes left behind by Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The redshirt sophomore proved he could fill in for the 1,400-yard rusher last year when he had averaged 5.6 yards per carry in the lone start of his career against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Since the No. 18 picked up acclaim this century thanks to national championship-winning quarterback Matt Mauck and running back Jacob Hester, LSU has handed out the jersey to worthy players who have either performed at a high level or fought through adversity.

In 2019, two players were also chosen to represent the proud legacy of the number. On offense, center Lloyd Cushenberry III was selected to wear it but couldn’t because of NCAA rules governing numbers on the offensive line. Instead, he wore a patch.

Defensive stud K’Lavon Chaisson was able to wear No. 18 and did so proudly with 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

The Tigers also awarded the No. 7 jersey to a new owner on Friday. Safety JaCoby Stevens will finish out his career in the same number worn by Thorpe Award winners Grant Delpit and Patrick Peterson.

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