Countdown to Enshrinement Festival: Jerry Stovall
Jerry Stovall spent his time at LSU making a comprehensive impact on the gridiron, earning the nickname “Mr. Everything” during his time with the Bayou Bengals. As a halfback playing in the one-platoon era, he led his team in rushing and receiving, handled punting duties, returned kicks, and played defensive back during his three years in Baton Rouge. Stovall played an important role in the Tigers’ success from the moment he set foot on campus.
“I came to LSU as a freshman in 1959 when Billy Cannon won the Heisman Trophy during his senior season,” Stovall said. “We were not very good my sophomore year and finished 5-4-1. The next two years, though, we did very well. I most remember the growth of our team accepting full responsibility and taking on its own identity.”
In helping his team succeed on the field, Stovall earned lots of recognition off the field. A two-time All-SEC first-team selection, Jerry was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player in 1962 en route to finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Oregon State’s Terry Baker. Altogether, he compiled 1,081 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, adding 452 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also held the LSU record for highest punting average (42.1) in a season, and led the nation with 64 punts. Stovall gained nearly 700 return yards on special teams and recorded seven interceptions as a defensive standout. Jerry truly was one of the best.
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