On Wednesday, ESPN released their All-SEC Underclassmen Team. Three LSU Tigers were included on the list. The qualifications for the team were you had to be either a true freshman, redshirt freshmen or true sophomore, redshirt sophomores were not included. LSU had exactly one player in each category, Jerald Hawkings on offense, Rashard Robinson on defense, and Colby Delahoussaye on Special Teams.
Jerald Hawkings redshirted in 2012 and was expected to back-up right tackle Vadal Alexander. Before the season began, left tackle Josh Williford went down with a career ending concussion. With Williford out, Alexander was moved to the left side, which opened up the starting right tackle job for Hawkings. He took full advantage of his opportunity and was a key piece of the LSU offensive line.
True freshman Rashard Robinson had to battle for playing time all season. He was a back up for the majority of the year and only played in one LSU’s first five games. He continued to work and earned a spot in the starting lineup against Texas A&M. He was sensational in that game containing one of the best wide receivers in the country in Mike Evans. Robinson held Evans to just four catches for 51 yards, with 38 of those yards came on a fourth down conversion late in the game, with LSU holding a comanding 24 point lead.
Colby Delahoussaye was sensational this year as a redshirt freshman. He handled the place kicking for the Tigers and James Hairston took the kickoffs. Delahoussaye was extremely accurate all season. With the exception of the Furman game, when Delahoussaye was battling through an injury, he didn’t miss a single kick the entire season. He finished the year 13 for 14 on field goals and 53 for 54 on extra points.