Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Jefferson envisioned LSU on top from the start

Tiger quarterback looks forward to BCS Game

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A team of destiny. LSU senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, speaking to the media for the first time since the Southeastern Conference championship, said the moniker fits the Tigers perfectly.

Jefferson, a Destrehan graduate, said his last game as a Tiger -- against Alabama in the BCS championship game on Jan. 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome -- will be particularly special, as he will be playing in front of friends and family.

Jefferson last played at the Superdome in 2007, where he led undefeated Destrehan to a state championship. Although he enrolled in LSU the year after the Tigers' last national championship, he said it would be a nice feeling to end his college career with a win at the venue.

"It did go by fast," Jefferson said of his LSU career. "I can remember the first day that I got here. I didn't think the season would go by as fast as it did, but those four years flew by. It's been a great four years for me."

Jefferson said he has been dreaming of getting to the Superdome since last summer, where he spent time at the 2011 Manning Passing Academy with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

The three quarterbacks, who all played for national title contenders this season, would sit around and talk about what it would be like to be in the championship game.

"I think about it sometimes, just meeting those guys and being around them. All of those guys had great seasons," Jefferson said. "At the end of the day I'm the one playing in the championship. It's kind of an exciting feeling."

Jefferson said he also had the same talk with his teammates during summer camp. None of his teammates doubted they would end up there, he said.

"It's definitely a Cinderella story," he said. "We were doing whatever it took week by week to get to the national championship game in New Orleans before the season even started.

"We have to finish it. My last year, playing in the national championship game my senior year, once we win it, it'll be a great feeling for me."

SIZING IT UP: Tigers offensive lineman Will Blackwell has built up quite a collection of rings over the last few years.

Blackwell, a fifth-year senior who redshirted during the 2007 national championship season, has an SEC Championship ring and national championship ring from that season.

Blackwell said his national championship ring no longer fits, so he keeps it in a ring box for safekeeping.

"I pull them out and look at them every once in a while," he said. "We got two national championship rings and one for the SEC that year. So I'll pull them out and look at them, and I can't wait to get my own."

Blackwell said he's putting off resizing his ring until after the national championship game.

"If this one fits I won't worry about it," he said."






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