BATON ROUGE, La. – Austin Deculus could etch his name in LSU history Saturday. If the fifth-year senior plays against Texas A&M, Deculus will set the mark for most games played in program history, but the players most excited about the achievement are the tackle’s fellow offensive linemen.
“That’s unbelievable. I’m so happy for him, especially setting a record like that at a place like LSU, really one of the top programs? That’s something that no one’s ever gonna be able to take away from him. I’m happy for him. I know he’s gotta be excited about it. He tries to act like he’s not, but I know inside he’s gotta be,” center Liam Shanahan said.
“That’s crazy. Not many people can play that much football, in the SEC at that too. The fact that he did it speaks a lot about him and a lot about how durable he is,” guard Ed Ingram said.
Both lineman will celebrate senior night alongside Deculus, but the Texas native’s career has coincided perfectly with head coach Ed Oregon’s tenure at LSU. Coach O’s first official season as the Tigers head coach was Deculus’s freshman season. The two will exit Death Valley together for the final time, and their bond became a key part of the Purple and Gold locker room.
“Coach O and I have been battle tested together. We’ve had our backs against the wall together, and then the fact that whenever you go through battles like that with a coach like Coach O and being able to just go out swinging, regardless of the outcome, with Coach O just helps with the overall relationship,” Deculus said.
“He’s always been there for me. I tell you that. Anytime, I needed him. I’d call a senior, a leadership committee meeting, I’d go talk to Austin. He’d handle everything. The thing about all the great Tigers’ that’s played, and he’s played more than any other Tiger just tells you how tough he is,” Orgeron stated during his Monday presser.
Deculus’s start Saturday would make 60 games and set the LSU record.
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