Tyrann Mathieu arrived in Baton Rouge as a undervalued prospect who many considered lucky to even receive a scholarship offer from an SEC program such as LSU.
Now, less than two years later, Mathieu is considered to be the most electrifying player in all of college football, and certainly one guy who the Tigers need to stay on the field in order to be successful in 2012.
After a perfect regular season and an SEC Championship in 2011, expectations will be big yet again for this LSU team in 2012. But just like any college football team, the Tigers will rely on their experienced veterans if they are going to continue that success this fall.
Mathieu is certainly one of the most important pieces to this team, but who else will LSU rely on heavily in the upcoming season?
Let's break down five players who need to stay both healthy and out of trouble if LSU is going to have another memorable season in 2012.