LSU has made a habit lately of sending its running backs to the NFL under position coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.
But the backfield stable in Baton Rouge has long been loaded, from producing a Heisman Trophy winner in 1959 to showcasing one of the most prolific all-around backs the SEC has ever seen in the late nineties.
Here is TSD's list, accompanied by the video above, of the top four running backs in the history of the LSU football program.
NO. 1 - CHARLES ALEXANDER
Simply put, even in an era when bell-cow backs were in style, LSU leaned upon Alexander in a way no Tiger team has a back before or since. And even when injured, the hard-nosed Alexander always responded and produced.
NO. 2 - BILLY CANNON
LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner was truly a back ahead of his time, possessing a rare blend of raw power and sprinter's speed that the Tigers are still seeking almost 60 years later (and may have found in Leonard Fournette, a player who could dent this list in five years). Cannon, at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, ran for a combined 1,867 yards and 19 touchdowns from 1957-59. He also returned a kickoff and punt - the extremely memorable Halloween night 1959 return - for touchdowns while catching two additional scores and throwing for 118 career yards. Delivering the school its first national title (1958) and only Heisman Trophy (1959) carries with it a great deal of perks. Cannon is a no-brainer for this list and some may argue he's positioned too low here.
NO. 3 - KEVIN FAULK
One of the most heralded signees the program has ever landed, Faulk, a native of Carencro, came out the other side of his LSU career an All-American, three-time All-SEC performer and holder of 17 LSU/SEC records. From 1995-98 Faulk dominated in all facets for the Tigers, rushing for a combined 4,557 yards and 46 touchdowns. He finished fourth in NCAA history and first in the SEC's annals with an amazing 6,883 all-purpose yards. Faulk hit pay dirt 53 times during his four-year stay in Baton Rouge before going on to become a key cog in three Super Bowl championship teams with the New England Patriots.
NO. 4 - JEREMY HILL
Hill's LSU career was like a comet streaking through the sky as it all happened in a flash, leaving a what-could've-been feeling in its wake. Not that his time in TigerTown was for naught, but Hill's numbers extrapolated over a four-year career could have him in the discussion for the top spot on this list. As it was Hill, who was forced to sit out the 2012 season battling a legal issue, played two years at LSU, rushing for 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns in only 23 starts from 2012-13. In 2013, his final season, Hill amassed 1,401 yards on the ground, second in school history for a single season, and 16 touchdowns, fourth. Blessed with incredible vision, Hill is without question one of the most gifted physical specimens to ever tote the pigskin for the purple and gold.
--- That's our list of the top four. With apologies to the likes of Dalton Hilliard, Jimmy Taylor and Steve Van Buren, this quartet stood out in what's always been a crowded stable on the bayou.