Thursday, August 25, 2011

LSU's stalwart lines command a lot of attention, but this may be the Tigers' best unit

Like the Ducks, the LSU Tigers are loaded in the secondary. Head coach Les Miles graduated the Jim Thorpe Award Winner in Patrick Peterson, a shutdown corner who also excelled in the return game, but Miles says, "I don't want to say that I think Mo Claiborne is faster than Patrick Peterson.....but I think Mo Claiborne is faster than Patrick Peterson." Claiborne will cover the Ducks' best pass receiver, and he may also take over from Peterson returning kicks and punts. The Ducks special teams have to contain him. Think Cliff Harris with better driving habits.

#17 on your program and #1 in the hearts of the Bayou Bengals faithful, Claiborne is 6-0, 185, a physical corner who had 44 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions last year, earning second team All-SEC in a conference loaded with cornerbacks. The Louisiana native ran the 100 meters in 10.76 in high school, making him a shade slower than Duck speedsters like LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, Josh Huff and Dior Mathis. He can only catch them if he has an angle.

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