LSU Football: What You Need to Know About Morris Claiborne's Replacements

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LSU Football: What You Need to Know About Morris Claiborne's Replacements
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How do the 2012 LSU Tigers replace the top defensive back in college football last season?

That's a question that has to be on every LSU fan's mind heading into the 2012 campaign, and the answer just isn't that simple.

Morris Claiborne was dominant last season for this LSU team, starting all 14 games while totaling 51 tackles, six pass breakups and six interceptions. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was the recipient of the annual Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in college football.

The thought of replacing a guy like that isn't one that Les Miles wants to think about, but it is a reality.

Fortunately for the Tigers, they still have another All-American in that defensive backfield in Tyrann Mathieu, who was also a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. Both Mathieu and safety Eric Reid are returning starters for this Tigers secondary, but who else will round out that starting unit?

Do the Tigers have any young studs waiting in the wings to fill in for Claiborne?

Let's go ahead and break down five cornerbacks who could see action for the LSU Tigers in the upcoming season.

Bleacher Report style!

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