LSU Football Flashback: Chad Loup
Student-athletes are supposed to be successful not only on the field, but in the classroom as well, and there is no better example than former LSU quarterback Chad Loup.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Loup was a three-sport star at University Lab High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and track.
During his prep football career, Loup threw for 7,271 yards and 75 touchdowns, while running for another 924 yards and 33 scores.
In 1998, while guiding University Lab to 13-straight victories and the Class A state title, Loup was named a Parade All-American and the Class A Offensive Player of the Year.
A member of the National Honor Society, Loup was also an All-Parish punter with a career average of 43.8 yards per kick.
After an extremely successful high school career, Loup elected to play his college football at LSU, and was part of the Tigers’ 1989 recruiting class.
After redshirting in 1989, Loup played in ten games his freshman year of 1990, starting six. He completed the season completing 75-of-141 passes for 975 yards, along with three touchdowns and four interceptions, while ranking 11th in the SEC in total offense, as the Tigers finished 5-6 under the direction of head coach Mike Archer.
In 1991, Loup played in nine games, starting six as a sophomore, completing 102-of-174 passes for 1,181, along with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ranked fourth in the SEC in passing efficiency (123.51) and tied for 41st in the nation, and finished third in the SEC in passing touchdowns, while helping LSU to an overall record of 5-6 under first-year head coach Curley Hallman.
Loup saw his playing time drop as a junior in 1992, playing in five games, while starting four. That year, he completed 35-of-61 passes for 328 yards, along with one touchdown and three interceptions as the back-up to Jamie Howard, while the Tigers struggled to a 2-9 finish.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Loup was again a back-up in his senior season of 1993, but did see action in 11 games, with one start. He ended the year completing 55-of-92 passes for 683 yards, along with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
During his senior campaign, Loup became, at the time, the fifth-leading passer in school history.
Over his four-year LSU career, Loup threw 3,167 yards and 15 touchdowns, while being intercepted 19 times. He also ran for another 152 yards and a touchdown.
Loup certainly had his moments on the field, but off the field, he was even more impressive, being named a four-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, as well as a GTE Academic All-American District VI Team member as a senior
Today, Loup is a successful and well-respected orthopedic surgeon in Baton Rouge.