Five named to LSU Hall

Five former LSU standouts, including a football player, a baseball player, a gymnast and two track athletes, have been elected to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, athletics director Skip Bertman has announced.

New inductees to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame will be All-American tailback Kevin Faulk, All-American batting champion Todd Walker, vaulting superstar Jennifer Wood and national champion sprinters D'Andre Hill and Cheryl Taplin.

The five former Tigers will be formally inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame next year on a date to be announced.

Kevin Faulk, a 1998 graduate of LSU, was one of the greatest all-around football players in Tiger History. The Carencro native was named first-team All-American in 1996 by the Associated Press and earned first-team All-SEC honors three years in a row. LSU's all-time leading rusher with 4,557 yards, he led the SEC in rushing both his junior and senior seasons, and finished second in SEC history in rushing behind only Georgia legend Herschel Walker.

Faulk led a revival of LSU football in the mid-1990s, taking the Tigers to three straight bowl games, and turning down an opportunity to enter the NFL draft early to play his senior season at LSU and earn his degree. He now plays for the NFL's New England Patriots.

Todd Walker, a 1998 graduate of LSU, was one of the greatest hitters in SEC history. A first team All-American two years in a row, Walker led LSU to a national championship in 1993 as he earned the College World Series MVP award that year. He was named first-team All-SEC three times and was the SEC Player of the Year in 1993.

Walker finished his career as the SEC all-time leader in hits, runs, RBI and total bases. During his major league career, Walker played for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox before joining the Chicago Cubs where he is the starting second baseman.

Jennifer Wood, a 1998 graduate of LSU, earned All-America honors nine times for the Tiger gymnastics team. She was All-American in three events as a freshman, one as a sophomore, one as a junior and four in her senior season. Considered one of the most accomplished gymnasts in the history of the sport in Canada, Wood recorded a remarkable nine perfect 10 scores on the vault during her LSU career.

Wood won the SEC championship on the uneven bars in 1994 and was named All-SEC four straight years. She currently serves as women's program coordinator for the Alberta, Canada, Gymnastics Club.

D'Andre Hill, a 1998 graduate of LSU, was a 15-time All-American for the national champion LSU track and field teams, and participated in the 100 meter dash for the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics. She was the NCAA Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1996, winning the NCAA title in the 55-meters indoors and 100-meters outdoors.

Hill was a member of the World Champion 4x100 meter relay team in 1995 and was a member of three LSU outdoor and three indoor national championship teams. She is currently an assistant track coach at Texas Christian University.

Cheryl Taplin, a 1995 graduate of LSU, was a 16-time All-American and a three-time NCAA champion for the Tigers. In outdoor competition, Taplin won national titles as a member of the 4x100 meter relay teams in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and won six SEC titles. She also ranked No. 9 in the world in the 100-meters during her senior year at LSU.

Taplin was a member of four LSU outdoor and three indoor national championship teams. She was also a member of three World Championship Teams, was a two-time Goodwill Games Gold Medalist and a World Cup Gold Medalist following her career at LSU. She is currently Community Services Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club.

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