Running Back
205 lbs.
Destrehan, La.
High School
Destrehan HS

1997 Independence Bowl Offensive MVP
1996 Freshman All-SEC by the Knoxville News Sentinel

A starter and offensive team captain his senior season, Rondell Mealey finished his career at LSU as the sixth-leading rusher in school history … Played in every game during his four years on campus … Rushed for 2,238 yards on 453 carries and scored 29 touchdowns during his career … His 29 rushing touchdowns tied for the fifth most in school history … His average of 4.9 yards per carry tied for the third best in a career in school history … Started every game his senior year … Best season was sophomore year when he rushed for 664 yards on 112 carries, an average of 5.9 yards per carry … Scored 10 TDs his freshman season … Highlight of career was 222-yard rushing effort in Independence Bowl win over Notre Dame in 1997; he was named offensive MVP in that game … Freshman All-SEC in 1996 … Tied an LSU record with 4 rushing touchdowns against New Mexico State in 1996 … LSU’s second-leading rusher his first three years behind Tiger all-time rushing leader Kevin Faulk … Redshirted his true freshman season of 1995.

Started every game at tailback … The Tigers’ leading rusher with 637 yards on 170 carries for 8 touchdowns in 1999 … Also caught 16 passes for 147 yards and 1 touchdown … Rushed for over 100 yards in each of the first two games: 158 yards on 24 carries and 2 TDs vs. San Jose State; 118 yards on 13 carries and 2 TDs vs. North Texas … Rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries at Kentucky … Rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and scored 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD in win over Arkansas in season finale.

The Tigers’ second leading rusher in 1998 with 334 yards on 68 carries for an average of 4.9 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns … Also caught 2 passes for 9 yards and 2 touchdowns … Returned 11 kickoffs, a team high, for 273 yards, an average of 24.8 yards per return … Best game was vs. Mississippi State when he rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries in Tiger victory, also catching an 8-yard TD pass … Rushed for 61 yards and 1 touchdown on only 7 carries in season opener vs. Arkansas State …Longest run of season was a 27-yarder against Arkansas State … Rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries with 1 touchdown vs. Idaho.

The most valuable offensive player in the 1997 Independence Bowl, he set a bowl record with 222 yards on 34 carries with 2 touchdowns in the win over Notre Dame … Became the third LSU player to rush for over 200 yards in the 1997 season, joining Cecil Collins and Kevin Faulk … Started Miss. State game in Kevin Faulk’s absence with injury and played in all 11 … Rushed for 664 yards on 112 carries for 7 TDs and an average of 60.4 yards per game in 1997 … Finished No. 9 in the SEC in rushing … Despite being overshadowed by Kevin Faulk, he still managed to have an outstanding game at Kentucky, rushing for 131 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns … Had an outstanding night in start against Auburn, carrying 12 times for 129 yards … Had another 100-yard game against Akron, carrying 15 times for 103 yards and scoring a TD … Got the start against Miss. State and played well, carrying 18 times for 85 yards and scoring 2 TDs … Rushed for 55 yards and a TD vs. Arkansas on 19 carries … Rushed for 44 yards and scored a TD in the season opener against UTEP … 7 carries for 44 yards at Vanderbilt.

Named as a tailback on the Freshman All-SEC Team by the Knoxville News Sentinel … Had outstanding redshirt freshman season for the Tigers … Rushed for over 100 yards in 2 games: Houston (161), N.M. State (121) … Had an outstanding beginning to college career by rushing for 161 yards and the game-winning TD against Houston … Became the first LSU freshman to rush for 100 yards in first college game since Robert Davis did so against Texas A&M in 1992 … Another fine performance vs. Kentucky, carrying 15 times for 84 yards and scoring on a 22 yard run … Rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries and a TD against Vanderbilt … Also caught a TD pass against the Commodores … Never really got untracked against Auburn, carrying 2 times for no yards; also returned 1 kickoff for 28 yards … Recovered from Auburn game by rushing for 121 yards and school-record 4 TDs vs. N.M. State, becoming only the third player to rush for 4 scores in a game, joining Charles Alexander and Dalton Hilliard … Led Tigers with 30 yards rushing on 8 carries at Florida … Scored second LSU TD against the Gators … Scored a TD and rushed for 69 yards vs. Miss. State … Started Alabama game at tailback after Kevin Faulk was shaken up on opening kickoff return.

Redshirted 1995 season.

An All-State selection as a junior when he rushed 219 times for 2,321 yards and 35 touchdowns for Class 5A semifinalist Destrehan … As a senior, he rushed for 1,111 yards on 158 carries for 9 touchdowns … member of New Orleans Times-Picayune Top 16 … member of Baton Rouge Advocate’s Super Dozen … also lettered twice in track in high school, running relays … coached in high school by Tim Rebowe.

Father: Wilbert Mealey; Mother: Gloria B. Mealey
Brothers and sisters: Durwin, Keondra
Place of birth: New Orleans, La. (February 24, 1977)


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