LSU stays in the family

LSU football is a family affair with a pair of Tigers set to pass the torch to their younger brothers.

LSU football’s a tradition that should stay in the family.

And it will for two players currently on the team. Both defensive end Sione Teuhema and long snapper Reid Ferguson have younger brothers committed in the Class of 2015 set to follow in their footsteps to Baton Rouge.

Both of which come with high expectations.

Sione’s younger brother, Maea Teuhema (pictured above), ranks as the nation’s best offensive guard in his class. Reid’s younger brother, Blake Ferguson, is the No. 1 long snapper, according to snapping authority Chris Rubio.

And next year they’ll be Tigers.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Reid Ferguson said. “I know he is as well. I’m looking forward to taking him under my wing and showing him the ropes a little bit.”

The Ferguson brothers will spend one season on campus together, with Blake’s true freshman season lining up with his older brother’s senior year. Reid called it a “throwback to high school” when the two were on varsity together for his senior year at Buford (Ga.).

Not many football players choose to grow up to be long snappers, but it’s a bond the Ferguson brothers share. Reid started snapping when he was in eighth grade. His brother began a few years later as a seventh grader.

Blake committed to LSU in the summer of 2013, two years after his brother did the same. Reid’s been about as solid a snapper as fans could imagine, with only his first ever snap failing to find its target. Reid said his success on this level has motivated Blake.

“Ever since I’ve been in college doing it, he’s been working a lot harder at it,” Reid said. “I’m looking forward to getting him down here.”

Reid and Blake are the only two long snappers in the Ferguson clan, though Reid said he’s “crossing his fingers” the next generation carries on the tradition.

And you better believe the holidays feature some healthy snapping competitions when Blake and Reid get together.

“It’s very competitive,” Reid said. “We like to have some fun. We have plenty of targets back home.”

As for the Teuhemas, playing college football together has always been the plan. The two originally committed to Texas together before flipping to LSU shortly before Sione’s Signing Day.

“We played football together in high school, so when he comes up here it’ll be the same thing,” Sione said. “But it’ll be cooler because it’s the SEC. It’s a different level, so it’ll be a fun experience.”

Even though Maea’s younger, he definitely has the size advantage on his older brother. Sione measures in at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, while his brother has more than 100 pounds on him, checking in at 6-foot-5, 346 pounds.

Sometimes Sione has to do a double take at practice because one of LSU’s current offensive linemen reminds him so much of his younger brother.

“[Maea and Fehoko Fanaika] look a lot alike,” Sione said. “They have the long hair, same body type.”

And unlike the Ferguson brothers, who play the same position, the Teuhemas often get to go one-on-one. Sione wouldn’t say though which one gets the upper-hand in those competitions.

“It’s a back-and-forth thing,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll win, and sometimes he’ll win.”

Now LSU hopes to win by double dipping with these talented families.



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