There are many football traditions in Baton Rouge, but one of the most publicized started with former LSU quarterback Matt Mauck, who led the Tigers to a national championship in 2003 wearing the number 18. Since then, it is considered a huge honor for an LSU player to don that number.
It was announced on Friday that the next recipient of the honor will go to senior tight end Foster Moreau.
LSU put out a video on Twitter on Sunday of former running back Jacob Hester, who wore the No. 18 jersey during LSU’s national championship season in 2007, talking to Moreau about the honor.
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“There was a lot of guys on the team that it could have gone to,” said Moreau. “I’m blessed, I’m honored.”
“It’s kind of surreal for me, you know, always being a Tiger fan growing up, but I’m happy to carry the honor just as well as the guys before me have.”
The No. 18 jersey is given to an LSU player that is selfless, a team leader on and off the field, and represents the university well. Moreau started all 13 games for the Tigers in 2017 at tight end, hauling in 24 receptions for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he was shocked he was even considered to be the next Tiger to be chosen.
“It just never came across my mind, you know?” said Moreau. “Not in my wildest dreams. It’s just a really cool honor and I’m excited to be a part of the club.”
The video went on to highlight Moreau’s journey to LSU, signing for the Tigers on National Signing Day in 2015 as a lifelong LSU fan.
“That’s all I ever wanted to do, was play on this field. I got my shot and I never looked back.”
The last tight end to wear the number for LSU was Richard Dickson. Dickson played for the Tigers from 2005 to 2009 and has more receptions, yards, and touchdowns than any tight end in school history.