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*Patrick Peterson heading into Jr season: DS Rating on 01/12/11: #1 Junior CB Projected: Round(s) 1, Top 5 pick, for 2012 NFL Draft...Wire-to-Wire #1 DS Rated CB since end of freshman season...2010 JIM THORPE AWARD WINNER...2010 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WINNER...2010 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2010 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...A consensus First Team All-American who established himself as the top cover cornerback in college football in 2010 ... Named the winner of the 2010 Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football ... Also the recipient of the 2010 Bednarik Award, which goes to top defender in college football ... Finished year with 42 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups ... Added 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and blocked a field goal for an LSU defense that ranked in the top 12 nationally in three categories (scoring defense, pass defense and total defense) ... Doubled as a return specialist for the Tigers in 2010, ranking first in the SEC and fourth in the nation in punt returns with a 16.1 average ... Also led the league and ranked ninth in the country in kickoff returns with a 29.1 average ... Returned 26 punts for 418 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Set the school's single-season record in kickoff return yards with 932 on 32 returns ... The 932 kickoff return yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in SEC history ... Ranked fourth in the SEC and 56th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 114.2 per game ... His 1,484 all-purpose yards ranked seventh in LSU single-season history...Had four games of 100-plus kickoff return yards...2009: One of the nation’s best cover corners who earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News ... Draws the assignment of covering the opponents top receiver ... Held Georgia standout receiver A.J. Green to just four catches earlier in the year and limited Alabama wideout Julio Jones to just three receptions ... Ranked third in the SEC in passes defended with a total of 15 – 13 pass breakups and two interceptions ...2008: Played in 13 games with four starts ... Started final four games of season, including bowl win over Georgia Tech ... Finished year with 41 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups ... Added a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry ... Had 1.5 tackles for loss ... First career start came vs. Troy and he responded with a career-best eight tackles.
*Morris Claiborne heading into Jr season: If getting what you want, sticking to your board while filling needs and taking your kind of guys constitute a good draft, then that's exactly what the Cowboys accomplished with their seven picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. They hit a home run on opening day with the trade up for LSU shutdown cornerback Morris Claiborne. They then continued the momentum by taking four straight defenders and five overall in an attempt to upgrade a unit that contributed to five blown fourth-quarter leads last season, including an NFL record three of 12 points or more. BEST PICK: Cornerback Morris Claiborne: The Cowboys wanted cornerback Mo Claiborne so bad that they gave up a second-round pick to move from 14th to sixth in the first round. Claiborne was the highest ranked defensive player on their draft board and the second highest rated player. According to owner Jerry Jones he graded out as the highest cornerback prospect since Deion Sanders. That's important because the Cowboys were not just looking for a cover guy they wanted a playmaker to help improve a secondary that gave up more passing yards than any other time in team history. - The Sports Xchange
Tyson Jackson heading into rSr season: 2008: Jackson earned All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors for the second time as a Tiger...The left defensive end recorded 36 tackles (17 solo) that included 4.5 sacks for minus-27 yards, 10.5 stops for losses of 37 yards and seven quarterback pressures, as the front wall allowed only 110.15 yards per game rushing, ranking 17th in the nation in that category...Recovered a fumble that he advanced 18 yards and deflected four passes...On 33 plays vs. the run, the opposition gained only 57 yards (1.73 yards per carry) with three touchdowns over Jackson's area...Made 13 stops on third-down plays, including eight vs. the running game, adding five more hits on fourth down...The opposition completed 8-of-20 passes into his area for 58 yards (2.9 yards per pass attempt)...2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 15 Sol-36 TT, 5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 10 PBU, 10 QBH, 1 FF; Teamed with Glenn Dorsey to give LSU one of the most intimidating defensive fronts in college football during the 2007 season ... Started all 14 games at left defensive end for the Tigers ... Credited with 36 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks ... Led team with 15 quarterback hurries ... Second on team with 10 pass breakups ... Capped season with a sack for a 9-yard loss and a forced fumble in LSU's win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. 2006: 13 GP; 12 GS; 13 Sol-37 TT, 10 TFL, 8.5 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; One of the SEC's most dominating defensive linemen, he was named a Second-Team All- SEC selection by the league's coaches … A key member of the Tigers' defensive front he has started all 13 games at left end … Led the team in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (10) … His 8.5 sacks ranked as the fifth most in the SEC in 2006 … Also credited with 37 tackles, a team-high six quarterback hurries, four broken up passes, an interception and one forced fumble. 2005: 13 GP; 0 GS; 8 Sol-13 TT, 3 TFL, 2 SK, 5 QBH; Earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC team as voted on by the league's coaches and The Sporting News after recording 13 tackles and 2 sacks in 12 games ... Reliable backup on the defensive line. 2004: Redshirted as a true freshman for the Tigers in 2004.
*Chad Jones heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 6 GS; Rec: 1-21-21-0; PR: 8-95-11.9-0 KR: 2-25-12.5-0; 22 Sol-50 TT, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 5 QBH, 2 FF; Played in all 13 games, starting six times, including bowl win over Georgia Tech ... Other starts came against Appalachian State, North Texas, Florida, Troy and Arkansas ... Saw majority of his action as a nickel back in LSU’s sub-packages ... Finished with 50 total tackles, a pair of sacks and an interception ... Has six pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ...Forced a pair of fumbles ...2007: 14 GP; 0 GS; PR: 17-112-6.6-0 KR: 4-90-22.5-0; 25 Sol-34 TT, 3 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Made his presence felt in all 14 games ... Finished with 34 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, a pick, a forced fumble and three pass breakups ... Registered a career-high six tackles, including one for a loss of seven yards, vs. Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game ... Was impressive in the win over Alabama, recording four tackles, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble ... His second sack against the Tide resulted in a fumble that set up the game-winning score with just over a minute left in the game ... Against Florida, knocked down the game-saving pass in the end zone as time expired ... Recorded five tackles vs. Arkansas … Younger brother of LSU sophomore defensive end Rahim Alem.
*Eric Reid heading into Jr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/18 -- Eric Reid, S, 6-1, 213, LSU...It was no surprise when the 49ers went safety to open their draft. With Dashon Goldson departed, it was the only open starting position left on the team. Reid was the team's top-rated safety and he should step in and make an impact from Day 1. - The Sports Xchange
*Barkevious Mingo heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 1/6 - Barkevious Mingo, LB, 6-4, 237, LSU...The Browns want Mingo to start on the right side with Paul Kruger on the left and pressure the quarterback relentlessly. Mingo had eight sacks in 2011 and 4.5 last year, but coach Rob Chudzinski isn't concerned about the decline. Mingo did very little pass coverage at LSU and will have to learn that with the Browns. - The Sports Xchange
*Kevin Minter heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/45 - Kevin Minter, ILB, 6-0, 246, Louisiana State...The Cardinals traded down from 38 to 45, picking up a fourth=-round pick from the Chargers. The Cardinals passed on Manti Te'o because they thought Minter was a better player. He is short but Minter packs a punch. He could play right away because starter Daryl Washington is suspended for the first month. - The Sports Xchange
*Michael Brockers heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/14 - Michael Brockers, DT, 6-5, 322, Louisiana State...A quality run-stuffer in college, the Rams expect defensive line coach Mike Waufle to also help him develop as a pass rusher. But stopping the run will be important on a defense that has struggled mightily in that department. - The Sports Xchange
Brandon Taylor heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 3/73 - Brandon Taylor, DB, 6-0, 195 LSU...The team didn't address this spot in free agency or in the first two rounds. So they traded up five spots to get Taylor, a key part of the Tigers' stingy defense. COULD SURPRISE: Strong safety Brandon Taylor: In Taylor, the Chargers get a hard-hitting, no-nonsense player from the SEC. Taylor played corner his first two seasons, so he needs how to cover. - The Sports Xchange
Josh Jasper heading into Sr season: 2010: Earned Consensus All-America honors after leading the nation in field goals with 28 ... Ranked first in the SEC in field goal percentage (82.4) and points by a kicker with 120 ... Overall, ranked second in the SEC and 10th in the nation in scoring with 9.2 points per game ... Set the LSU single-season record for field goals with 28, breaking the previous mark of 26 held by Colt David in 2007 ... Also broke the school-record for field goal attempts with 34, one better than David's 33 in 2007 ... Set the LSU single-game record with five field goals in win over Mississippi State ...2009: In first year as LSU’s starter at placekicker ... Handles both PAT and field goal duties as well as kickoffs for the Tigers ... Also serves as LSU’s pooch punter ... Nailed 16 of 19 field goals, including six of 40 yards or more ... The 16 field goals rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history ... Had two field goals of 50 yards or better – a 52-yarder vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and a 50-yarder vs. Ole Miss ... As LSU’s pooch punter, kicked 12 times for a 38.7 average ... Had eight of his 12 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including two that were downed on the 1-yard line against Alabama ...2008: The kickoff specialist for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2008 ... Finished year with a pair of field goals, both coming against Appalachian State in the season-opener ... Kicked field goals of 33 and 21 yards against Appalachian State ... Field goals were the first of his career as he filled in for an injured Colt David in the opener ... Punted a total of four times – 1 vs. Appalachian State for 45 yards, twice against Florida for a 42.0 average and once against Georgia for a 43.0 yard average ...2007: Shared the Tigers’ kickoff duties as a true freshman with Andrew Crutchfield and Sean Gaudet ... Averaged 59 yards on 39 kicks on the year ... Had one punt for 40 yards that was pinned inside the 20-yard line.
Darry Beckwith heading into Sr season: 2008: The Butkus Award finalist earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press…Started all eleven games he played in at middle linebacker, missing the Auburn and Mississippi State contests after he suffered a knee sprain vs. North Texas…Still managed to finish fifth on the team with 51 tackles (25 solos)…Registered an assisted sack for minus 3 yards and one stop for a 5-yard loss…Helped the defense rank 17th in the nation vs. the run, allowing just 110.15 yards per game…The Tigers also gave up 325.54 yards to the opposition...Beckwith started 34-of-47 games during his Louisiana State career, including seven at weak-side outside linebacker and 27 others at middle linebacker…Recorded 189 tackles (92 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 30 yards, 11.5 stops for losses totaling 46 yards and three quarterback pressures…Deflected four passes and intercepted two others…Also had one fumble recovery...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 30 Sol-65 TT, 6 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Plays the middle linebacker position for the Tigers … Registered 65 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks in 2007 … Picked off a pass late in fourth quarter against Tennessee in SEC title game to seal the win for the Tigers … Second-Team All-SEC in 2007. 2006: 12 GP; 11 GS; 39 Sol-65 TT, 4 TFL, 2.5 SK, 1 INT, 1 QBH; Versatile linebacker who moved from outside (will) linebacker to middle (mike) linebacker midway through the season ... Played in 12 games with 11 starts ... Missed the Ole Miss game (Game 11) after suffering a knee injury just seven plays into the Alabama contest. 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-8 TT; Played in 12 games with no starts ... Saw most of his action on special teams ... Saw spot duty at linebacker ... Tallied eight tackles, including five solo ... One of only two true freshmen (other was running back Steve Korte) to see action for the Tigers in 2005.
Richard Dickson heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 31-324-10.5-5; 0 Sol-1 TT; Earned second-team All-SEC honors … Ranked third on the team in receptions and yards and was second on the squad in TD catches … Capped season with four receptions for 50 yards and one TD in win over Georgia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl. 2007: 14 GP; 3 GS; Rec: 32-375-11.7-5; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started against Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, and Ole Miss … Ranked fourth on the squad with 32 catches and 375 yards … His five receiving touchdowns tied for second on team … caught a pair of TD passes in LSU’s win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game, finished with four receptions for 44 yards on the night. 2006: 12 GP; 9 GS; Rec: 6-96-16-0; Named a honorable mention Freshman All-American by the Sporting News as well as a second-team All-SEC pick by the league’s coaches … Took over as the starter at tight end after Keith Zinger went down with a season-ending injury during the first month of the season.
Herman Johnson heading into rSr season: 2008: All-American first-team selection by the Associated Press, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation...All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches and Associated Press...Started all 13 games at left offensive guard...Graded 83.23 percent for blocking consistency, as he totaled 64 key blocks/knockdowns, 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and eight down field blocks on 886 total plays...Allowed 3.5 quarterback sacks and three pressures on 391 pass plays...Helped the Tigers average 368.08 yards and 30.92 points per game...Also recorded an assisted tackle vs. Alabama...Johnson started the final 38 of 52 contests that he appeared in for the Tigers, including 35 at left guard and three others at right guard...Collected 237 knockdown blocks in his five seasons at Louisiana State, including 124 knockdowns, 29 touchdown-resulting blocks and 16 down field blocks during his final two campaigns...During his junior and senior seasons, he allowed only four quarterback pressures and 3.5 sacks on 833 pass plays...2007: Returns as LSU's starter at left guard … Started all 14 games at left guard a year ago and has 22 starts at that position for his career … First-Team All-SEC in 2007 by the SEC Coaches and a Second-Team all-league pick by the AP … Played in 39 games with 25 starts during career … Starts have come at left guard (22) and right guard (3). 2006: Started the last 10 games of the season on the offensive line ... Got the nod at right guard twice and left guard eight times ... Recorded 62 knockdown blocks and 22 pancake blocks ... Played a total of 649 snaps from scrimmage. 2005: Played in 11 games with one start ... Started for first time in career against Vanderbilt ... Also saw action on LSU's field goal and PAT protection units ... Saw action on 160 snaps from scrimmage, which included a career-best 39 against Vanderbilt and 25 against Mississippi State .... Recorded one pancake and 25 knockdowns ... Did not allow a sack and gave up just two quarterback pressures. 2004: Played in two games for the Tigers ... Granted a medical redshirt ... Saw action on 13 snaps against Arkansas State and then played 29 snaps in a win over Mississippi State ... Missed all of fall camp after getting an infection from a spider bite...Weighed 15 pounds and 14 ounces at birth, was 23.5 inches long ... Is listed as one of the biggest babies on record to be born in the state of Louisiana ... Nicknamed "The House" ... Has lost what is comparable to a first grader (50 pounds) since coming to Baton Rouge ... Weighed close to 400 pounds when he signed with the Tigers and now has his weight down to the 350-pound range.
*Jeremy Hill heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/55 - Jeremy Hill, RB, 6-1, 233, Louisiana State...BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn't getting younger and Hill will provide the power running up the middle and explosive breakaway ability offensive coordinator Hue Jackson desires next to Giovani Bernard. - The Sports Xchange
*Rueben Randle heading into Jr season: Rather than cave in to the temptation to move up in the draft, the Giants stayed where they were and feel that they came away with some very intriguing talent that represented good value and addressed several needs. New York spent their first two picks on running back David Wilson and receiver Rueben Randle, the first time they've drafted two offensive skill players since 2002 when they plucked tight end Jeremy Shockey and receiver Tim Carter. "We just brought in two good football players, both of whom we really like," said director of college scouting Marc Ross of Wilson and Randle. "Hopefully, (they) made us better, more explosive." In the third round, they picked smallish but aggressive cornerback Jayron Hosley, a ball-hawking defender who in three years at Virginia Tech recorded 12 interceptions. "He has outstanding cover skills," said Reese. "He can intercept the ball, so we expect him to be in our nickel packages." Rounding out their draft, the Giants added tight end Adrien Robinson (Cincinnati) and offensive tackle Brandon Mosley (Auburn) in the fourth round; offensive tackle Matt McCants (UAB) in the sixth round; and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn in the seventh round. "From the standpoint of being where we were at the bottom of each round and remaining there, I think we have addressed some of the circumstances that we had to address with quality people," said head coach Tom Coughlin. BEST PICK: Wide receiver Rueben Randle: Randle, who can play split wide and in the slot, should be the most ready to step in from day one to contribute as the third receiver. - The Sports Xchange
*Trai Turner heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 3/92 -- Trai Turner, G, 6-3, 310, Louisiana State...Turner is young and raw, but the 20-year-old has a good chance to start come September. Before adding Turner, all the Panthers really had at guard were a few guys coming off injuries. - The Sports Xchange
Lamin Barrow heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: DENVER BRONCOS: Round 5/156 -- Lamin Barrow, MLB, 6-1, 237, Louisiana State...The Broncos hope Barrow is an eventual answer at middle linebacker, but he could find an immediate role as one of the two linebackers in the nickel sub package. His skill set compares with that of incumbent weak-side linebacker Danny Trevathan. Barrow was a priority Broncos target; general manager John Elway said that coach John Fox "made about 18 laps" around the Broncos' draft room while nervously waiting to see if he fell to their spot. - The Sports Xchange
*Kwon Alexander heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Buccaneers' seven picks: Round 4/124 - Kwon Alexander, LB, 6-2, 227, Louisiana State...Alexander will be 20 when training camp starts, so he's a young football player with time to grow. Led the LSU defense in tackles and will make an immediate impact on special teams. Should back up both outside linebacker spots. - The Sports Xchange
Kelvin Sheppard heading into rSr season: 2010: Played and started all 13 games in leading the Tigers to an 11-2 overall mark and a top 10 final ranking ... Earned First Team All-SEC honors from both the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... Team leader of a defense that ranked among the top 12 in the nation in pass defense (No. 10 with 169.8 yards per game), scoring defense (No. 11 at 18.2 points per game), and total defense (No. 12 at 307.2 yards per game) ... Led the Tigers in tackles for second straight year with 116 to his credit, 46 of which were solo ... Added 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks ... Forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles ... Finished third in the SEC in total tackles (116) and tackles per game (8.9) ... Had double-digit tackles in six games...2009: The emotional leader of the LSU football team ... Had best year of his career, leading team and ranking third in the SEC with 103 total tackles ... Added 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception ... Had at least seven tackles in all but two games ... Recorded 13 tackles in three-straight games – vs. Florida, Auburn and Tulane ...2008: LSU’s starter at Will linebacker who played in all 13 games with five starts ... Ranked second on the team and 30th in the SEC in total tackles with 64 ... Had 4.5 tackles for losses, 0.5 sacks, two pass break ups and a forced fumble to his credit ...2007: A backup at the Will linebacker position who played in each of the Tigers’ 14 games of 2007 ... Credited with 21 tackles, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a broken up pass on the year ...2006: Redshirted.
*Danielle Hunter heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 3/88 - Danielle Hunter, DE, 6-5, 232, LSU...Doesn't fill an immediate need as a pass-rushing prospect whose strengths are more suited to the right side, where the Vikings are set with Everson Griffen. But despite notching just 1 1/2 sacks a year ago, Hunter is considered a rare physical specimen who can be taught to rush the passer more efficiently. - The Sports Xchange
*Sam Montgomery heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/95 - Sam Montgomery, OLB, 6-3, 262, LSU...The college defensive end will begin on the strong side. They like his strength, quickness and the way he plays the run and gets after the quarterback. If he has trouble dropping into coverage, he'll move to the weak side. - The Sports Xchange
*Jalen Collins heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 2/42 -- Jalen Collins, CB, 6-2, 203, LSU...A big, physical cornerback with the size and tackling skills to perhaps play safety. He led the Tigers with nine pass breakups in 2014, despite starting only seven of 13 games as a fourth-year junior. Also had 38 tackles and an interception. After redshirting as a freshman in 2011, Collins started the first game the next season before transitioning to a reserve role. Said he has a 78 1/8-inch wingspan. - The Sports Xchange
Ciron Black heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: A second team All-SEC selection for the second straight year in 2008 … Ran his streak of consecutive starts at left tackle to 40 straight … Played a total of 884 snaps from scrimmage as a junior, the second-highest total on the squad … Finished with a team best 68 knockdowns and graded out at 85% percent or better nine times … Missed only one snap all year due to an injury, feturned to field after missing the one play to see action on 79 of 80 snaps in overtime loss to Alabama. 2007: Played and started all 14 games at left offensive tackle … Earned second-team All-SEC honors from the SEC Coaches … Helped pave the way for an LSU team that ranked second in the SEC and 11th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 214 yards per game … Set a school record by playing 1,031 snaps from scrimmage in 2007 … In all, was on the field for 97.8 percent (1,031 of 1,054 snaps) during LSU’s national championship season … Led team with five pancake blocks and ranked second with 74 knockdown blocks … Gave up just one sack. 2006: 2006 First-Team Freshman All-American (Football Writer’s Association, College Football News), 2006 Third-Team Freshman All-American (Sporting News), 2006 Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches), 2006 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. Just a redshirt freshman, he started all 13 of the Tigers’ games at left tackle … Was in on 739 of LSU’s 818 plays in 2006, recording 81 knockdown blocks and 19 pancakes … The 739 snaps from scrimmage was the most of any Tiger lineman. 2005: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Zach Mettenberger heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: TENNESSEE TITANS: Round 6/178 -- Zach Mettenberger, QB, 6-5, 224, Louisiana State...When Mettenberger tumbled into the sixth round because of character and injury issues, the Titans spent their seventh-round pick to move up to obtain him. Mettenberger fits the mold of quarterback that coach Ken Whisenhunt likes (big, strong-armed pocket passer), and he could be the quarterback of the future if Jake Locker doesn't pan out in a make-or-break season. - The Sports Xchange
*Ego Ferguson heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/51 -- Ego Ferguson, DT, 6-3, 315, Louisiana State...Ferguson is considered a raw, talented player after leaving LSU a year early for the draft because of family concerns. His mother, who worked as a guard in a detention center, had been injured on the job and found it difficult to work. He had a bit of a checkered past after missing the final game of his college career in the Outback Bowl because of a team rule violation. Ferguson is a powerful player who was given the assignment of taking up blockers as a weak-side defensive end for LSU. He had 85 career tackles and one sack, incuding 58 tackles his final year. "I went back to his game against Alabama, his game against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia and nobody could run the ball against him inside at all," GM Phil Emery said. "He is a very strong, very powerful young man. I wanted to see where he was at rush-wise and in each one of those games he had four or five power rushes where he disrupted the quarterback."
Brandon LaFell heading into rSr season: 2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 2-6-3-0; Rec: 63-929-14.7-8; KR: 1-10-10-0; Earned First-Team All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press after putting together one of the most productive seasons for a wide receiver in school history ... Ranked No. 2 in the SEC in yards per game with 71.5 per contest and was No. 3 in the league with 4.8 receptions per contest ... His eight TD receptions tied for most in the SEC ... Played in all 13 games with 11 starts ... Ran his streak of games with a catch to 28 against Georgia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl ... His 63 receptions in 2008 rank No. 8 in LSU history, while the 929 yards is the 10th highest total in school history. 2007: 14 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 1-18-18-1; Rec: 50-656-13.1-4; 2 Sol-3 TT; First on team in receiving yards (656) and second in receptions (50) . 2006: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rec: 5-140-28-2; Named to the Freshman All-SEC team. 2005: Redshirted as a true freshman.
DeAngelo Peterson heading into Sr season: 2010: Missed the first three games with an ankle injury and played in nine games with two starts ... Ranked fourth on the team with 16 receptions for 198 yards (12.4 per) … Tallied a career-high 76 yards receiving on three catches against Ole Miss with a career-long reception of 40 yards ... Carried once for 23 yards on a reverse on fourth-and-1 versus Alabama and also snared two passes for 25 yards. 2009: Played in all 13 games with two starts ... Caught five passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... All five of his receptions resulted in a first down with two of them going for touchdowns. 2008: Played in 13 games with no starts as a true freshman in 2008 … Saw action mainly on special teams, where he recorded a total of six tackles for the season … Did not record any offensive statistics.
Drake Nevis heading into Sr season: 2010: One of the most dominating defensive linemen in college football in 2010 ... Played and started all 13 games for an LSU defense was rated among the best in the nation ... First among LSU defensive linemen with 56 tackles ... Led Tigers and ranked seventh in the SEC in tackles for loss with 13 ... Tied for ninth in the league in sacks with 6.0 ... Added three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and an interception in 2010 ... Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week a league-high four times in 2010 ...2009: Played in 12 games with no starts ... Led all LSU defensive linemen with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks ... Had at least a half-tackle for a loss in nine of LSU’s 12 games ... Came on strong at the end of the year, recording 18 tackles, five tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in LSU’s final four games ...2008: Played in a reserve role at defensive tackle and saw time in 11 games ... Earned starts at left defensive tackle against South Carolina and at right defensive tackle against Florida ... Concluded the year with 16 tackles and tied for fourth on the squad in tackles for losses with 5.5 ...2007: A true freshman that saw action in eight games, with two starts (Louisiana Tech and Arkansas) ... Got the starting nod in place of Marlon Favorite at left tackle ... Finished the year with 17 tackles and two broken up passes.
Curtis Taylor heading into rSr season: 2007: 14 GP; 13 GS; 33 Sol-54 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 3 INT, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Had 54 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2007...2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-12 TT, 1 PBU; Played in 12 of the Tigers' 13 games, all in a reserve roll ... Was credited with 12 tackles and a pass breakup ... Was responsible for a career-high four tackles in LSU's victory over Arizona...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-3 TT, 1 PBU; Played in 11 games, all in a reserve roll ... Saw most of his action on special teams ... Had three tackles and one pass breakup to his credit ... 2004: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2004.
*Tyrann Mathieu heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/69 - Tyrann Mathieu, FS, 5-9, 186, Louisiana State...The Cardinals gambled here. Mathieu has a history of troubles, mostly with marijuana. The Cardinals think Mathieu is sincere about changing his life, and they expect his former LSU teammate, Patrick Peterson, to be a mentor. Mathieu will start his NFL career as a free safety. He doesn't have ideal speed for cornerback, and playing safety will give him a chance to roam the field and make plays on the ball, his strength. He also will return punts, along with Peterson. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I couldn't think of a better team to go to. I spent so much time out there with Patrick, that became sort of like my second home. The whole time, I was telling myself, 'don't cry.' I know I'm on the right track." -- Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. - The Sports Xchange
*Bennie Logan heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 3/67 - Bennie Logan, DT, 6-2, 309, LSU...The Eagles will be playing a 3-4, and Logan has the versatility to play both inside and outside in their base and sub-packages. Figures to be a rotational player as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
Al Woods heading into Sr season: 2008: 10 GP; 2 GS; 4 Sol-11 TT; Missed time with an ankle injury late in the year. Played in 10 games with starts against North Texas and Tulane. 2007: 12 GP; 1 GS; 12 Sol-22 TT, 2 TFL, 2 SK, 3 FR; One of the top backup defensive linemen on the squad and in the SEC ... Played in 12 of the Tigers’ 14 games, including the BCS National Championship Game ... His three fumble recoveries tied for the SEC lead with South Carolina’s Eric Norwood ... Earned his first career start against Tulane, getting the nod at right tackle ... Finished the game with two tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. 2006: 6 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-7 TT, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 SK; A top prospect out of high school, he played in six games, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as a true freshman.
Joe Barksdale heading into Sr season: 2010: Switched from right tackle to left tackle as a senior, starting all 13 games for the Tigers at that position ... Ran his streak of consecutive starts to a team-best 39 ... Earned second team All-SEC honors from both the league's coaches and the AP ... Played a total of 853 snaps from scrimmage with 49 knockdowns ...2009: LSU’s starting right tackle for second-straight season ... Has started 25-straight games at right tackle for the Tigers, including 12 in 2009 ... Leads all offensive linemen with 735 plays from scrimmage in 2009 ... Played every snap in LSU’s last four games ...2008: Started all 13 games for the Tigers at right tackle ... Helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for an LSU rushing attack that ranked No. 4 in the SEC with 166.8 yards per game ... Played a total of 897 snaps from scrimmage, the most of any offensive linemen for the Tigers ... Graded out at 80 percent or better in 10 of LSU’s 13 games, which included a season-high 86 percent against North Texas ... Finished year with 34 knockdown blocks ... Played every offensive snap in eight of LSU’s 13 games ...2007: Served as the Tigers’ backup to Carnell Stewart at right tackle ... Played in 14 games, including eight in a backup role on the offensive line ... Starter on special teams for the Tigers in both point-after and field goal situations ... Saw action in a total of 57 snaps from scrimmage on offense and then another 98 on special teams ... Lined up in the backfield in short-yardage and goal line situations for the Tigers.
*Jarvis Landry heading into Jr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: MIAMI DOLPHINS: Round 2/63 -- Jarvis Landry, WR, 5-11, 205, Louisiana State...Landry is regarded as a go-get-it receiver. He said he s played the slot as well as the outside position, so he should get on the field plenty. Landry isn't a speedy receiver, but he is tough and possesses good hands. - The Sports Xchange
Lavar Edwards heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 5/142 - Lavar Edwards, DE, 6-4, 270, LSU...The Titans needed help in the pass rush, and it was expected to come earlier with a player like Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo. Instead, the Titans land Mingo's backup, Edwards, who has nice size and potential of his own. His speed as a rusher is the big attraction, and the fact that he is strong enough to play the run will make him have a chance to contribute. - The Sports Xchange
Charles Scott heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 217-1174-5.4-18; Rec: 8-67-8.4-0; 2 Sol-2 TT; Started all 13 games at tailback for LSU … Led the Tigers and ranked fourth in the SEC in rushing with 90.8 yards per game … Finished with 1,174 rushing yards, which ranked No. 5 in school history … Led the SEC with 18 rushing TDs, which tied for seventh nationally and was one shy of tying the school record of 19 set by LaBrandon Toefield in 2001 … Became the first player in school history to rush for 100 yards at Auburn by tallying 132 yards on 21 carries in the LSU victory. 2007: 14 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 45-324-7.2-5; Rec: 12-115-9.6-2; KR: 1-(-8)-(-8)-0; 7 Sol-9 TT, 1 FR. 2006: 7 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 46-277-6-5; Rec: 3-24-8-0.
Ron Brooks heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 4/124 - Ron Brooks, CB, 5-10, 190, Louisiana State...Bills added even more speed (4.37) to cover deep. Brooks had only three career starts but he's a good value pick here. Played in shadow of No. 6 overall pick Morris Claiborne (Dallas). - The Sports Xchange
Harry Coleman heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 42 Sol-71 TT, 1 TFL, 7 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Started at strong safety for the Tigers … Led the team in tackles with 71 … Ranked second on team in PBUs. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-18 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Most extensive action of season came against Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game … Big play against the Buckeyes came when he picked up a fumble and returned it 14 yards early in the fourth quarter … Named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team for his effort in the win over the Buckeyes … A key contributor on special teams, he played on the Tigers’ kickoff, kickoff return and punt return units. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 6 Sol-12 TT; Played in all 13 games, contributing primarily on special teams … A standout in that capacity as he ranked among team leaders with 12 special teams tackles … Named LSU’s Special Teams Player of the Week in wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State. 2005: Did not see any action in 2005 … After originally signing with the school in 2004, joined the Tigers for the spring semester in 2005. 2004: Sat out the fall of 2004 … Enrolled in school in January of 2005 and went through spring drills with the Tigers.
Keiland Williams heading into Sr season: 2008: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 83-417-5-2; Pass: 2-1-50-22-1-0; Rec: 11-124-11.3-1; KR: 13-290-22.3-0; LSU’s second leading rusher ... Led all LSU running backs with 11 receptions for 124 yards and one score through the air. 2007: 14 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 70-478-6.8-6; Rec: 9-113-12.6-1; KR: 10-199-19.9-0; Ranked as the second-leading rusher on the year with 478 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries ... Had a career night in the win over Virginia Tech, carrying the ball seven times for a career-best 126 yards and a career high-tying two touchdowns. 2006: 9 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 76-436-5.7-5; Rec: 4-14-3.5-0; Was the Tigers’ second-leading rusher despite playing in just nine games, with one start ... Ran for a career-high 107 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Tigers’ 42-17 dismantling of Notre Dame in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Perry Riley heading into Sr season: 2008: 13 GP; 9 GS; 37 Sol-60 TT, 7 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR; A finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award and Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl (11 tackles, one for loss) in his first year as a starter for the Tigers. 2007: 14 GP; 0 GS; 9 Sol-24 TT, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 SK; Played in all 14 of LSU’s games as a reserve linebacker and special teams star … credited with 14 special teams tackles ... Missed spring practice with a foot injury. 2006: 7 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-4 TT.
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