BOULDER, Colo. – LSU’s undefeated start to its season isn’t a complete shocker given the program’s rich history. However, the Tigers’ rise to No. 13 in the Canterbury D1A Top 20 has been a quality story given that the team was playing D1AA a season ago.
The Red River Conference’s first-place team implements a style of play that gets all 15 players involved, but outside center Jeff Mauras has been particularly impressive. Last week against Texas Tech, Mauras collected his sixth and seventh try of the conference season, making him the D1A Player of the Week.
The senior from New Orleans, La. optimizes LSU’s team-first culture, refusing to single himself out in a recent interview.
“We have learned a lot about our team this season, and are very excited for the new challenges ahead as the season continues,” said Mauras of the Tiger’s 2015-16 campaign.
With two Red River matches remaining, the conference is still up for grabs. Still, last week’s 91-5 win over the Red Raiders demonstrates LSU is poised to win its league and potentially make a run in the D1A Playoffs.
“We have set the bar high with our past games, and we want to continue to show that LSU Rugby is ready to compete,” added the Chemical Engineering major.
The next test for the Tigers is a March 5 visit to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M. The match will be streamed live on USA Rugby TV, with a kickoff time set for noon CT.