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LSU Preseason Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

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LSU has had plenty dominate game changers on their defensive line recently. Tyson Jackson, Michael Brockers, Marcus Spear, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, and Glen Dorsey just begin to scratch the surface of the elite d-lineman that have played for the Tigers in the past decade. The defensive line has been one that tends to strike more fear into opponents than walking by Mike the Tiger as they walk out of their locker room.

This year the defensive line has the potential to continue the Tiger tradition and absolutely annihilate opposing offenses. However, the lack of experience and failure to convert crazy athletisism into on field results has the LSU faithful nervous. All four starters from last year’s great d-line are gone. Meaning several new comers are going to have to get accustomed to the spotlight rather quickly. The Tigers have a plethora of young, unproven talent that will be fighting for playing time in 2013.

Sophomore, Danielle Hunter could make huge contributions to the team this year. As a freshman his playing time was limited almost entirely to special teams, but this year is expected to make a big impact for the d-line. At 6′ 6, 240 pounds Hunter has a great build for a dominate defensive end. He gave LSU fans, what they hope is a preview for the season, a sensational spring game. Hunter had a game high 8 tackles to go along with his two sacks. He was constantly in the backfield reeking havoc on Tiger quarterbacks.

Junior, Jermauri Rasco, the other projected starter at defensive end, has only been used sparingly the past two years. He has been waiting and learning behind two absolute beasts in Montgomery and Mingo. Now with both of them in the NFL, Rasco is ready to prove himself. Rasco is huge and has great power and speed. He has all the tools needed to succeed if he can get accustomed to playing at the college level.

Junior, Ego Ferguson is a player with the potential to dominate at the collegiate level. He is the type of player that possesses serious NFL upside. He had a solid spring game with seven tackles and a sack. The amount of time Ferguson spent in the backfield messing things up for the offense was incredible. With the amount of playing time he is expected to receive LSU fans should expect big things from Ferguson in 2013.

Closing out the list is junior, Anthony “The Freak” Johnson. The Freak is expected to take over and be a dominate force on the defensive line in 2013. With the departure of so many big names he has enormous amounts of pressure to led and perform at a high level. Johnson has all the tools needed to excel not only as a collegiate athlete but also at the next level. The Freak is 6’3, weighs 300 pounds and runs a blazing 4.7 40 yard dash. Expect him to take command of games this year.

The LSU defensive line is extremely young and unexperienced, but don’t think for second that it will be a weakness. With the amount of potential and athleticism, John Chavis is going to have a blast unleashing these beasts on opposing offenses.

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