Following the 2005 Peach Bowl, the 6-foot-2, 202 pound junior from Ama had a big decision to make. He could forgo his senior season at LSU and join his older brother Dawan, a Georgia Tech free safety, in the NFL draft, or he could stay and compete for a second national championship.
Almost a year later, Landry and his teammates are preparing for Ole Miss on Saturday, trying to stay in contention for any postseason possibility. Even though LSU's season might have fallen short of expectations, Landry's large smile and constant joking shows he is the happiest collegiate safety in the country.
"I came back for my senior year to better myself on the collegiate level," Landry said. "I plan on playing a whole lot of years in the NFL. I just wanted to come back and be with my teammates for another year. I'm having fun."
The 2006 season has been a
rollercoaster ride for the senior. His defense has led the nation in almost
every category for the entire season. The offense is perhaps the most efficient
passing attack in the country. But the team dropped two road games at
"We had all the potential in the
world to compete for a national championship," Landry said. "All the reasons we
fell, we created. I think we are a great team with a strong offense, defense and
special teams. Things didn't work out like planned against
When the 2006 season is said and done, Landry will likely be a top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft where he will join Dawan, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens, on the pro level.
Landry, who could go down as the best defensive back to ever play at LSU, said he is excited about playing football at the next level and is curious to see what the future holds.
"We [Dawan and LaRon] really don't talk about the NFL that much," Landry said. "We just talk about the task at hand, and that's playing ball."
Landry will meet family and friends at midfield in Tiger Stadium before Saturday's kickoff against Ole Miss for Senior Day ceremonies.