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|Daye, Fugler among honorees|
Fifty years later former Ferriday High greats Max Fugler and Donnie Daye were experiencing the same feelings walking out on Tiger Stadium Field they felt when they were running on the field as part of the 1958 LSU National Championship football team.
"Cold chills," Fugler said while walking off the field following a ceremony held at halftime of Saturday's LSU-Ole Miss football game in which members of the team were introduced.
Daye was joined on the field by his son, Daryl Daye, who also played football at LSU and served as a graduate assistant for Bill Arnsparger. Daryl is currently the defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo.
"I played here and Daryl played here and to be able to walk out here together makes it even more special," Daye said.
The late Manson Nelson of Ferriday was also a member of that team.
The 1958 LSU Tigers, the first consensus national championship team in school history and the only undefeated title holder in school annals, was presented at halftime as part of a weekend-long reunion celebration for the squad.
Daye and Fugler were part of Ferriday teams which went 54 straight games without a loss, winning four state championships.
Fugler was an All-American center, while Daye played fullback and led the Tiger defense in tackles his junior year.
The 1958 team started its reunion activities with a gathering at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes on Friday evening followed by a tour of the LSU Football Operations Center.
LSU head coach Les Miles spoke to the group following the tour.
On Saturday morning, the team toured the Andonie Museum and was presented at the Tiger Athletic Foundation Pre-Game Party in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
"TAF (Tiger Athletic Foundation) did a really great job," Daye said. "This was a really wonderful experience."
"The best part was getting to see a lot of old friends," Fugler said.
During activities Saturday, each player was presented with a small helmet with 58 on it, an LSU jersey with their number, a cap with a 50th anniversary logo and a plaque made with a picture of the entire squad and coaches.
LSU legend Billy Cannon was honored during the break between the first and second quarters of the game for his election to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A sign honoring Billy Cannon, LSU's 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, was unveiled in the southeast corner.
The sign represented Cannon being the only football player in school history to have his number retired. Cannon's No. 20 jersey was retired during the early 1980s. Cannon will be inducted in ceremonies to be held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on December 9.
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