Vincent, a Lake Charles, La., native, earned a spot on the team after leading the Tigers in rushing with an LSU freshman record 1,001 yards, including an SEC Championship Game record 201 yards in the 34-13 win over Georgia. Vincent capped his record setting rookie campaign by rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown in LSU's 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
Vincent, who earned MVP honors in both the Sugar Bowl as well as the SEC Championship Game, rushed for 100 or more yards in LSU's last four games. The Tigers were 8-0 in games in which Vincent started at running back.
Landry, a native of Ama, La., played a key role for the Tiger defense, one that rated No. 1 in the nation in both scoring (11.0 points per game) and total defense (252.0 yards per game). Landry played in all 14 games for the Tigers, starting 10 times. With 80 tackles this season, Landry became the first freshman to lead the Tigers in tackles since 1990 when Anthony Marshall posted 92 stops to lead the team.
The 27-member Scripps/FWAA team was selected by an 11-man committee representing each of the NCAA's Division I-A football conferences.
More than 70 players were nominated and evaluated by the committee. The vote took place following the respective conference championship games and before the bowl games. Thirteen of the 27 players selected are true freshmen, including eight on defense.
Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe was named the first-year coach of the year after leading the Hurricane to an 8-4 record and its first bowl appearance in 12 years. Kragthorpe, who took over a team that finished 1-11 in 2002, is also a finalist, along with LSU coach Nick Saban, for the FWAA's Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.
The representatives who selected the 2003 team as follows: Bob Thomas, Florida Times-Union (ACC); Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Big Ten); Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette (MAC); Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal (MWC); Mike Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel (SEC), Ted Miller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Pac- 0); Paul Letlow, The Monroe News-Star (Sun Belt) Adam Thompson, Denver Post (Big 12); Marek Warszawski, Fresno Bee (WAC); Ron Higgins, The Commercial Appeal Conference USA); and Michael Vega, Boston Globe (Big East).
2003 SCRIPPS/FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
QB ** Chris Leak, Florida 6-1 205 Charlotte, N.C.
RB ** Laurence Maroney, Minnesota 5-11 200 St. Louis, Mo.
RB Robert Merrill, TCU 5-10 190 San Antonio, Texas
RB ** Justin Vincent, LSU 5-11 208 Lake Charles, La.
WR Steve Breaston, Michigan 6-1 176 North Braddock, Pa.
WR Steve Odom, Toledo 5-10 165 Columbus, Ohio
C Kyle Young, Fresno State 6-5 320 Fallbrook, Calif.
OL Justin Blalock, Texas 6-4 330 Plano, Texas
OL Leroy Harris, N.C. State 6-3 285 Raleigh, N.C.
OL Samson Satele, Hawaii 6-3 289 Kaneohe, Hawaii
OL Robert Turner, New Mexico 6-3 320 Austin, Texas
DL ** Jason Berryman, Iowa State 6-2 230 Houston, Texas
DL Ray McDonald, Florida 6-3 252 Belle Glade, Fla.
DL Brian Smith, Missouri 6-3 220 Denton, Texas
DL ** Mario Williams, N.C. State 6-7 254 Richlands, N.C.
LB ** Ahmad Brooks, Virginia 6-4 249 Woodbridge, Va.
LB ** Nick Bunting, Tulsa 6-1 205 Tulsa, Okla.
LB ** Channing Crowder, Florida 6-2 236 Atlanta, Ga.
DB ** Darnell Bing, USC 6-2 220 Lakewood, Calif.
DB Brandon Browner, Oregon State 6-4 194 Sylmar, Calif.
DB ** LaRon Landry, LSU 6-1 180 Ama, La.
DB ** Eric Weddle, Utah 5-11 185 Alta Loma, Calif.
K James Wilhoit, Tennessee 5-10 190 Hendersonville, Tenn.
P Brandon Fields, Michigan State 6-5 219 Toledo, Ohio
KR ** Reggie Bush, USC 6-0 190 Spring Valley, Calif.
PR ** Ryne Robinson, Miami (Ohio) 5-10 169 Toledo, Ohio
AP Willie Idlette, Wake Forest 5-11 169 Chattanooga, Tenn.
Steve Kragthorpe, Tulsa
** True Freshman
Hunt and Alexander Selected to Play in Hula Bowl
The Hula Bowl will be televised to a national audience by ESPN with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CST.
Hunt and Alexander become the sixth and seventh Tigers to be invited to play in a post-season all-star game, joining fellow seniors Rodney Reed, Donnie Jones, Chad Lavalais, Devery Henderson and Stephen Peterman. Reed will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, while Jones, Lavalais, Peterman and Henderson will all participate in the Senior Bowl.
Hunt, whose grandfather Alex Hunt played on Georgia Tech's 1952 national championship football team, started 13 games at strong safety for the Tigers in 2003, ranking third on the team with 73 tackles, three of which went for losses. Hunt also intercepted four passes for the Tigers, returning two for touchdowns.
Alexander started all 14 games at linebacker for the Tigers, ranking fourth on the team with 65 tackles, nine of which went for 34 yards in losses. He also registered five sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown in LSU's win over Arkansas.
Tiger Baseball Debuts at No. 2 in Baseball America Poll
Defending Southeastern Conference champion LSU is ranked No. 2 in the 2004 Baseball America magazine pre-season poll.
The Tigers, who return eight starting position players and seven pitchers from their 2003 College World Series club, are second in the poll behind top-ranked Rice, the defending NCAA champion.
LSU finished the 2003 season ranked No. 5 by Baseball America.
LSU opens the 2004 regular season at Central Florida on Friday, Feb. 13, in the first game of a three-game series.
The Tigers' home opener is on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when LSU plays host to Louisiana-Monroe at 3 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.
Miami (Fla.) is No. 3 in the 2004 rankings, followed by Cal State Fullerton, Georgia Tech, Stanford, South Carolina, Texas, Long Beach State and Tulane.
LSU plays at No. 7 South Carolina March 19-21 in a three-game SEC series. The Tigers face No. 10 Tulane three times during the '04 campaign--March 2 at Zephyr Field in Metairie, April 6 in Alex Box Stadium and April 27 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Other LSU opponents in the Baseball America Top 25 include No. 12 Auburn and No. 17 Ole Miss. LSU plays three-game league series at Auburn on April 2-4 and at Ole Miss May 21-23.
LSU outfielders Jon Zeringue and J.C. Holt were named to the 2004 Baseball America pre-season All-America team.
Zeringue, a junior from Thibodaux, La., was voted to the second team. Holt, a junior from Sieper, La., was a third-team selection.
Zeringue earned second-team all-SEC honors last season as the Tigers' right fielder, batting .339 (77-for-227) with 15 doubles, 13 homers and 45 RBI. He was LSU's leading hitter during the second half of the season (34 games) with a .382 average.
Holt, the 2003 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Most Outstanding Player, hit .299 last season with 11 doubles, two triples, five homers, 36 RBI, 51 runs and 16 stolen bases. The Tigers' center fielder was also voted in August the MVP of the Cape Cod League, the wooden-bat summer league for the nation's top collegiate players. Holt batted a league-high .388 (52-for-134) in the CCBL with six doubles, one triple, one homer, 19 RBI, 25 runs and 13 steals.
2004 Baseball America Top
Team - 2003 Record
1. Rice 58-12
2. Louisiana State 45-22
3. Miami 45-17
4. Cal State Fullerton 50-16
5. Georgia Tech 44-18
6. Stanford 51-18
7. South Carolina 45-22
8. Texas 50-20
9. Long Beach State 41-20
10. Tulane 44-19
11. Clemson 39-22
12. Auburn 42-21
13. Baylor 45-23
14. Wichita State 49-27
15. North Carolina 42-23
16. Arizona 35-23
17. Mississippi 35-27
18. Arizona State 54-14
19. Notre Dame 45-18
20. Florida 37-21
21. Texas A&M 45-19
22. Florida State 54-13
23. Florida Atlantic 47-16
24. Nebraska 47-18
25. North Carolina State 45-18