Former LSU football quarterback makes surprising revelation

LSU football's Tiger Stadium (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Former LSU football quarterback Matt Mauck recently dished on his time in Baton Rouge.

Former LSU football quarterback Matt Mauck is one of three signal callers to lead the Tigers to a national championship this century (along with Matt Flynn and Joe Burrow).

Mauck was LSU’s starting quarterback in 2003 when the Tigers, led then by Nick Saban, beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

After the win against Oklahoma, Mauck, who was a redshirt junior, elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2004 NFL Draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos.

Mauck only spent four years in the NFL (one with the Broncos and three with the Tennessee Titans). The former LSU standout eventually became a dentist in Colorado (where he still practices).

Recently, Mauck spoke with WAFB’s Jacques Doucet and revealed his biggest regret at LSU.

Mauck told Doucet that he should’ve returned for his senior season, because he felt the Tigers could’ve repeated as national champions.

Marcus Randall ended up being LSU’s starting quarterback in 2004 (though Jamarcus Russell saw significant action, too).

The Tigers finished the season 9-3 (losing their Citrus Bowl game matchup to Iowa).

Had Mauck been the starter, perhaps LSU doesn’t lose 10-9 to Auburn. They still probably lose to Georgia, though (the Tigers lost that game 45-16….not sure Mauck would’ve made that big of a difference in that matchup).

That means LSU would’ve finished the season 10-1. That wouldn’t have been good enough to get the Tigers to the BCS Championship game (Oklahoma and USC, the two teams who met in the BCS championship game, were both undefeated….along with Auburn).

Next. Bo Pelini and Dave Aranda are very different recruiters. dark

Ultimately, I don’t think Mauck’s decision altered LSU’s future. Saban was leaving for the NFL after the 2004 season either way.