As the 2012 College Football Season gets closer, it is time to take a look at one of the BCS’ top teams and a program that is always in the National Championship discussion; the LSU Tigers. Here are their top 5 players to look out for this upcoming season.
5. Odell Beckham, Wide Receiver:
Jumping onto the scene as a true freshman last season, Odell Beckham Jr. showed off his great potential throught the 2011 year. Beckham was the Tigers’ second leading receiver last season and though his numbers weren’t oustanding he did assert himself as a go-to guy towards the end of the year. Much of his lack of eye-popping numbers is due to the Tigers’ mediocore play at Quarterback last season, though Beckham did average 11.7 yards per catch. Look for a big year from this true Sophomore next season.
4.Eric Reid, Safety:
After losing Morris Claiborne to the NFL Draft, LSU will not be dropping off much in production at the DB level. As a sophomore last year, Reid tied with fellow Sophomore Tyrann Mathieu for the most tackles on the team at 76 and as well had a pair of interceptions and forced fumbles. He is a hard hitting machine who will be the last line of defense for Les Miles and his defense this upcoming season.
3. Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback:
Coming into his first year as a starting quarterback, Mettenberger looks to revamp a LSU offense that has not finished better than ninth in passing in the SEC the past three seasons. With receivers like Russell Sherpard and Odell Beckham, there are no excuses for this quarterback who is already in the pre-season heisman discussion; though unwarranted to this point. Being the most important position in sports, quarterback, will have a lot of the blame, or praise, resting on Zach’s young shoulders.
2. Sam Montgomery, Defensive End:
For the better part of the last decade, LSU has always been known to have one of the most feared defensive lines in the entire nation. Perhaps, the best player of these D-lineman this season is Sam Montgomery who led the team with 9 sacks last season and as well added 13.5 tackles for loss. He seems to be the most NFL-ready prospect on a LSU team that is full of next level talent. Look for Montgomery to have a great junior season and most likely be a high draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
1.Tyrann Mathieu, Cornerback:
Heisman finalist, and not even the best player at his position on his team. That was Mathieu’s Sophomore season along with 76 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and was devastating in the return game, scoring two touchdowns on punt returns. Now that Tyrann is without a doubt the best corner on the LSU sideline, he will look to improve on already ridiculous numbers; and the scariest part is he still has two years of eligibility left and is without a doubt the most feared DB in the nation.
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