Thursday, December 06, 2007

LSU safety Steltz = Stud

Senior LSU safety Craig Steltz has been a stud for the Tigers this year. Steltz led the nation in picks for the first month of the season and finished wiht a team-high 6 INTS.
Here's a look back at what he did during the year:
11/17/07: Craig Steltz had rally ending interceptions late in each half, one in the end zone, as LSU got past Ole Miss , 41-24. Steltz's stellar play in the backfield also upheld two goal line stands by the Tigers in the first half as the Rebels advanced inside the 5 yard line twice, but came away empty.
09/10/07 - Safety Craig Steltz recorded his fourth interception of the season and ninth of his career late in the first quarter week 2 48-7 win over the Hokies and then added the second sack of his career and first of the season in the fourth quarter.
09/08/07 - LSU lost two four-year starters at safety, including NFL first-round draft choice LaRon Landry, but the new starter at strong safety, Craig Steltz, intercepted three passes in the opener. Landry's replacement at free safety, Carl Taylor, intercepted another. In all, LSU defensive backs intercepted six passes.
09/06/07 - Over the next two seasons Steltz became a staple on special teams and even returned a fourth quarter blocked punt for a 29-yard touchdown in the Tigers' 35-31 come-from-behind victory against Arizona State. Steltz's father, Keith, said special teams was not what his son wanted, but it allowed him to get on the field. "I think that right there got him through, because ... he always felt like his time would come," Keith Steltz said. "He's a team player and he'll do whatever. "By no means do I think it was easy. I think all those kids, when they come from high school, they feel that they're gonna go there and be a star. I don't think any of them think, 'I'm gonna have to wait three years to get my chance to show.'" Because of injuries to former LSU safety Jessie Daniels, Steltz started five games at strong safety from 2005 to 2006 and even tied for the team lead with four interceptions this past season while amassing 42 tackles for seventh-best on the team. - Dailey Reveille
Keith Steltz, Craig's father, is hoping his son wins the big one come January so that he can have two sons with national championships under their belt.
Kevin Steltz was the starting fullback for LSU on Jan. 4, 2004, when the Tigers beat Oklahoma to win the BCS national championship in the Louisiana Superdome - about 15 minutes from the Steltz home in Metairie. Craig Steltz will start at strong safety on Jan. 7, 2008, when the Tigers play Ohio State for the BCS national championship in the Superdome.
"Twice in a lifetime," Keith said Tuesday. "If we win it, we might write a book about it with that title. But we need to win it first. It's been a very unique and wonderful eight years in our lives, and it happened at a time when LSU had its best years."

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