LSU announces Ja'Marr Chase will be the new No. 7 in Baton Rouge
What does hauling in 20 touchdown receptions get you at LSU?
It got Ja’Marr Chase the No. 7 jersey.
LSU teased this announcement all day but after catching 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns during his sophomore season, Chase has been honored as the next player to wear No. 7 for the Tigers in 2020.
Chase’s yardage and touchdown numbers from last season are both single-season SEC records.
Last season, Grant Delpit wore No. 7 for the Tigers but he’s moved on to the NFL. Previous notable No. 7’s include Leonard Fournette, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and DJ Chark.
Following this news, Ed Orgeron released the following comment on his decision to give Chase the No. 7 jersey.
“Ja’Marr is a tremendous football player from the great state of Louisiana that represents our football program with great character and integrity,” Orgeron said in a prepared statement. “(His parents) Jimmy and Toleah have done a great job of raising him and he has worked extremely hard on and off the field to develop as a player, while also becoming an outstanding leader for our team. He’s very deserving of having the opportunity to be the next LSU player to wear number 7. I know he will do a great job of representing that number and all of those who have worn the number 7 before him.”
Chase also offered up these comments on earning the jersey heading into his junior season in Baton Rouge.
“This was a tough decision for me,” Chase said. “I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. I look at No. 7 as a competitive number. I think the No. 7 at LSU is a challenge. There’s a lot of things that go on in the year when you have 7 on, a lot of critics, a lot of people, a lot of expectations from 7, and I want to have that challenge upon me.”
Check out the video reveal LSU released to make the announcement official.
Expectations Will Not Change
It's The Standard of 7️⃣ pic.twitter.com/xu1qtFhkzR
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 5, 2020