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Ben, Buga & Bregman

By Andrew Alexander, DIG Sports Editor
@TheOtherAA

At many colleges it’s rare to have a single transcendent athlete compete for a school’s athletic program in a given decade.

In 2015, LSU had three.

This year shortstop Alex Bregman, running back Leonard Fournette and point-forward Ben Simmons dazzled Tiger fans on the field, court and diamond.

Bregman capped off a stellar career with LSU baseball by leading the Tigers back to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska for the 17th time in program history. After winning nearly every collegiate baseball award and the hearts of LSU baseball fans everywhere, Bregman was selected by the Houston Astros with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.

Alex Bregman. Photo by Sean Richardson
Alex Bregman. Photo by Sean Richardson

Fournette astounded onlookers, carrying the Tigers to a 7-0 start and No. 2 ranking in the College Football Playoff poll, before LSU’s season imploded in November. Despite having LSU’s first game cancelled due to weather, Fournette still managed to break Charles Alexander’s 38-year old single season rushing record.

Two big goals still loom for Buga in 2016: the Heisman Trophy and a national championship.

Expectations for LSU basketball were high when Ben Simmons, the No. 1 high school basketball recruit, stepped foot on campus.

The basketball season is still young, but Simmons has produced like a superstar from the opening tip, including a 43 point, 14 rebound outburst against North Florida.

With Simmons leading the charge, the Tigers could be dangerous team when March Madness rolls around.

This talented, Tiger trio made watching LSU sports even more exciting than usual in 2015.

Ben Simmons. Photo by Brianna Paciorka
Ben Simmons. Photo by Brianna Paciorka

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