Running back Chris Curry and linebacker Damone Clark will wear No. 18 jerseys for LSU this year, head coach Ed Orgeron announced Friday evening.
The No. 18 LSU jersey is on display in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and is a tradition that was born in 2003 after quarterback Matt Mauck, who led the Tigers to their first national title, passed the number down to running back Jacob Hester, who later led the Tigers to another national title in 2007.
The No. 18 represents “success – both on and off the field – as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player.”
Most recently, center Lloyd Cushenberry and linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson wore No. 18. Cushenberry is now the starting center for the Denver Broncos, while Chaisson was a first round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Curry, a sophomore who is in his third year with the Tigers, has served mostly as a backup in since joining the team in 2018. The Lehigh Acres, Fla. native has played in 18 games. His lone start came in LSU’s College Football Playoff semifinal win againstOklahoma in the 2019 Peach Bowl. Curry started in place of an injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire and rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries in helping the Tigers secure a 63-28 win over the Sooners.
Clark, a former Southern Lab standout, is set to start at linebacker this season for the Tigers He’s appeared 28 games, logged 51 career tackles including four tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks during his career.