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Why the LSU Tigers' Secondary Play Is More Important Than Defensive Front
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It is no secret that LSU's 2011 SEC Championship team was loaded with talent on the defensive side of the ball.

But as scary as this may sound, the Tigers' defense has the chance to be even better in 2012.

LSU returns six starters on the defensive side of the ball, four of which have already been projected as first-round draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. That group includes cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and safety Eric Reid, both of whom are among the best players in the country at their respected positions.

But as good as Mathieu and Reid are, is it enough to boost the Tigers' secondary after the loss of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Taylor to the NFL?

Michael Brockers was the only defensive lineman from last year's team to be selected in the draft, but does that mean that the secondary should be the primary focus of this defensive unit, as opposed to that outstanding LSU defensive front?

Let's go ahead and break down five reasons why this LSU secondary will be more important than the defensive front in 2012.

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