BJ Ojulari receives football’s No. 18 jersey – LSU

BATON ROUGE — BJ Ojulari, a preseason All-America nominee who represented the LSU football program at an NCAA leadership symposium and participated in numerous community service events, received the prestigious n 18 for the 2022 season, head coach Brian Kelly announced to the team after Saturday’s practice.

Ojulari received his new shirt from Kelly at the training ground as the Tigers completed their third day of pre-season practice.

“No. 18 is the player who brings all those traits of someone who leads in an extraordinary way,” Kelly said. “The attention to detail, the strong focus, represent the program positively in the classroom, in the community and on the field.

“His teammates, coaches and the entire staff believe that BJ Ojulari embodies what the number 18 represents. He carries our traits of excellence every day on and off the pitch.

Ojulari, a junior from Marietta, Georgia, joins an elite list of former Tigers who have had the honor of wearing the number. Most recently, linebacker Damone Clark and kicker Avery Atkins wore number 18 for the Tigers in 2021.

Entering his second season as a starter for LSU in 2022, Ojulari has earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors twice during his career. He had 71 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his previous two seasons with the Tigers.

LSU’s tradition of No. 18 began in 2003 when quarterback Matt Mauck guided the Tigers to their first national championship since 1958. Mauck, now a dentist in Denver, passed his number to running back Jacob Hester, who then led the Tigers to the 2007 national title.

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It’s the exceptional traits – both on and off the field – of Mauck and Hester that have made No. 18 the number worn by the Tiger that best embodies what it means to be an LSU football player.

LSU’s No. 18 jersey hangs in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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