More often than not LSU is closely associated with churning out future pros in the secondary and along the defensive line, contributing to the popular DBU moniker and even the DLU handle some have bestowed upon the program.
But the backfield bounty of Tigers crashing the NFL in recent years has been just as impressive in many instances.
The best of the bunch - with apologies to Stevan Ridley, Alfred Blue, Charles Scott, Michael Ford, Spencer Ware, Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard - was local product Jeremy Hill, who terrorized opposing defenses in 2012 and 2013, leaving a brief but significant mark on the SEC.
With backfield bruiser Leonard Fournette set to embark on a potentially historic sophomore campaign, the question TSD is throwing out there -- Would you rather have Fournette or Hill for one season at LSU?
During that 2013 slate Hill toted the rock 203 times for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. LSU's four main backs that season totaled 428 carries, meaning Hill had 47.4 percent of those touches.
By comparison a season ago Fournette set the freshman rushing record at LSU by gaining 1,034 yards on 187 carries, tacking on 10 rushing touchdowns. He garnered 187 of the 453 total carries for LSU's four primary backs, or 41.3 percent.
Clearly Hill had the better statistical season and the bigger chunk of the pie when it came to carries.
Hill also had two other advantages on Fournette. His body was a year older and more mature when he reached LSU after being forced to sit out the 2011 season due to a legal matter, and LSU's passing game was much better with Zach Mettenberger at the helm.
As for the eyeball test, Hill displayed better vision in 2013 than Fournette has shown to date. It took Fournette some four or five games last season to stop trying to hit the home run on every touch and take physical yards given in between the tackles.
The physical advantage, though, goes to Fournette.
Their numeric size comparisons aren't much different (Fournette is listed at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds while Hill during his last season was listed at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds), but Fournette feels a step faster and showed in his maiden voyage in 2015 that he has immense power.
The tale of the tape shows a young player in Fournette still trying to catch up to the high bar set by Hill in 2013. Fournette, formerly the nation's top recruit in 2014, is plenty capable of closing the gap and even surpassing Hill, but he'll need a few things to eclipse the all-time LSU great.
First is more carries. Fournette will need - and should get - more than 200 attempts. The backfield does have depth in 2015 but it's much more unproven and younger than anything Hill had to deal with during his stay. More touches, and no Hilliard around, should lead to more yards and touchdowns for Fournette.
He'll also have to take the next steps in his game when it comes to field vision and breaking off the types of long runs Hill frequented. Consider that Hill in 2013 averaged 6.9 yards per carry. Fournette last season averaged 5.5 yards per tote. Big gap there, and Fournette has to close it to successfully knock on Hill's door.
It's a fun argument, and one that nobody could know the answer to until about half a year from now. But this is the time of year to theorize and wonder aloud.
Which super-recruit turned LSU back would you turn to for one season?