Three Tigers among the best at their positions

Three seniors on next year's LSU football team have been rated among the top five players nationally at their respective position heading into the 2005 season, according to

In a recent posting on, Mel Kiper has LSU running back Joseph Addai, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and offensive guard Nate Livings among the top five players in college football at their respective position.

Addai, who has rushed for 1,666 yards and nine touchdowns during his career, is rated as the nation's No. 4 running back by Kiper, while Whitworth came in at No. 4 at offensive tackle and Livings at No. 4 at offensive guard.

Other running backs listed with Addai include DeAngelo Williams of Memphis, Wali Lundy of Virginia, Leon Washington of Florida State and Cedric Humes of Virginia Tech.

Whitworth, who opted to return to LSU for his senior season, earned First-Team All-SEC honors in 2004 and has started 39 straight games at offensive tackle for the Tigers. Whitworth goes into the 2005 season with a shot at becoming the only player in school history to have started 50 games in a career.

Other offensive tackles in Kiper's top five include D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia, Marcus McNeil of Auburn, Eric Winston of Miami and Jeremy Trueblood of Boston College.

Livings, who has bounced around between guard and tackle during his career, started 11 games on the offensive line a year ago for the Tigers.

Joining Livings on the list of Kiper's top five guards are Davin Joseph of Oklahoma, Max Jean-Gilles of Georgia, Mark Setterstrom of Minnesota and Tony Palmer of Missouri.

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