How sweet it is! LSU WINS Local athletes help Tigers claim National Title

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2004

By GEORGE MAHL Sports Editor

There were three local ties to the LSU victory over Oklahoma on Sunday night in the Louisiana Superdome. Corey Webster, LaRon Landry and Kirston Pittman made contributions not only last night, but during the entire 2003 season.

Webster, who graduated from St. James, made a fantastic interception Sunday night by tipping the ball to himself and bringing the ball in during the first quarter. This led to the Tigers scoring a touchdown. Webster, who just completed his junior season, must now decide if he wants to declare himself eligible for the 2004 NFL draft.

Former East St. John standout Kirston Pittman knocked down a Jason White pass on third down during the first quarter of the game. Pittman finished the season with 15 tackles for LSU. In addition, Pittman was fourth on the team in quarterback hurries in 2003 with 17. He was also named to the Freshman All-SEC team in 2003 by Sporting News.

Finally, Landry, who prepped at Hahnville, did not have any interceptions nor any key plays in the victory, did have an outstanding freshman season. Landry led the Tigers with 76 tackles and also had two interceptions. Landry racked up several awards during his first season. He was named to the 2003 First-Team Freshman All-America (Collegefoot,, 2003 Second-Team All-SEC and 2003 Freshman All-SEC.