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  Lloyd Cushenberry III has never been a guy who chased stars. The fact that he became one in his own right while helping LSU win a national championship in January is, in his own words, "a blessing." Up next for Cushenberry is the NFL draft that begins Thursday. It is the chance of a lifetime and the second-team All-America center is again betting on himself by leaving a year of college eligibility behind. "What it came down to was this - I felt like everything I wanted to accomplish at LSU I did. I graduated, I helped win a national championship and became a leader," Cushenberry said. "I felt like I owed it to myself to come on this (NFL) level and try to make a name for myself."

The former Dutchtown High standout has heard from naysayers many times before. Cushenberry never offers lip service in return - he sets out to prove them wrong. When he received the NFL draft grade of "return to college" not long after LSU ousted Clemson in the title game, it was a challenge, not a deterrent. The 6-foot-3, 312-pound Cushenberry has been overlooked and underestimated often. But he has always made the most of every opportunity along the way. There were doubts before Cushenberry took over as LSU's starting center in 2018 and started 28 straight games. Critics thought he was undersized. Being the first LSU lineman chosen for LSU's No. 18 jersey honor cemented his status as a team leader prior to the 2019 season. As a lineman, he wore No. 79, but the No. 18 also affixed to his jersey was more than a symbol. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 C) Jr/2020 C Lloyd Cushenberry IIILSU
News Source: Baton Rouge Advocate



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