Vincent, Tigers Featured on Cover of Athlon Sports, Ranked No. 8
BATON ROUGE — Athlon Sports has tabbed defending national champion LSU as the eighth-ranked team in America in its preseason college football top 25.
Athlon Sports, which features Tiger running back Justin Vincent on its regional cover, hits the newsstands on May 31. In addition to the No. 8 preseason ranking, the Tigers are picked by the magazine to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division in 2004.
The magazine has also selected Vincent, along with center Ben Wilkerson, cornerback Corey Webster and return specialist Skyler Green as preseason first team All-Americas. Defensive end Marcus Spears earned second team All-America honors, while cornerback Travis Daniels was mentioned on the third team All-America unit.
In its unit rankings, Athlon Sports rated the LSU defensive line and defensive backs as No. 1 in the nation, while the Tiger offensive line came in at No. 2 in the conference and No. 8 in the nation.
LSU opens defense of its national title on Sept. 4 when the Tigers host Oregon State in Tiger Stadium.