LSU Football: 5 Most Intimidating Players on Tigers 2012 Roster
Intimidate: To make timid; fill with fear.
That is exactly what LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo does to his opponents when he takes the football field.
But Mingo certainly isn't the only intimidating player on this LSU team. Featuring a top-five defense in the nation and a huge offensive line that averages 323 pounds, there are plenty of individuals that strike fear in their opponents on this roster.
But is Mingo the most intimidating of the group? If not, then who is?
Let's go ahead and break down the five most intimidating players on LSU's 2012 football roster.
Bleacher Report style!
At 6'5", 240 pounds, Mingo has good size for a defensive end, but what makes him such a special player is his speed off of the edge.
When you have a 6'5" man running at you at full speed, that's going to be intimidating. But when it is a fearless LSU defensive ends who is known for wrecking havoc on opposing SEC quarterbacks, that is just downright scary.
Last season, as just a sophomore, Mingo led the Tigers and ranked third in the SEC in tackles for loss with 15. He also finished second on the squad and seventh in the SEC with eight total sacks.
If you're a quarterback, the last thing you want to see is Barkevious Mingo coming at you at full speed.
If you thought Barkevious Mingo was intimidating, don't forget about his defensive end mate Sam Montgomery, who many believe will be the top end in the country this year.
Montgomery also possesses good size at 6'4", 245 pounds, but it is superior athleticism and a high motor that make him such an intimidating presence out on the football field.
Montgomery was honored as a first-team All-American last season, recording nine sacks, which ranked first on the team and sixth in the SEC. That is actually the fourth-highest total at LSU for a single season.
Speed, athleticism and strength. Those are three aspects that makes Sam Montgomery one truly intimidating individual.
Anthony Johnson is a large man who makes a living swallowing up opposing running backs and quarterbacks.
Johnson stands at 6'3", 310 pounds, which is a load in the middle of that LSU defensive line. He is extremely strong and a truly intimidating presence out on the football field.
With Michael Brockers off to the NFL this season, look for Johnson to be the next big defensive tackle to come through Baton Rouge.
Fans got a chance to see Johnson as a freshman last season when he was named a freshman All-American by CBSSports.com and The Sporting News, despite not being a full-time starter. This season, look for Johnson to make a big name for himself.
You see that large man in this photo putting up a massive amount of weight like it's no big deal?
That's LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, who also has yet to start a game for the Tigers. However, don't be surprised to see Collins make a big name for himself this year as he came to LSU two years ago as one of the highest-recruited offensive linemen in the program's history.
Collins is also a large man, standing at 6'5", 320 pounds. He is expected to start at left guard in 2012 and is known as an exceptional run blocker.
Put it this way—not many defensive linemen are going to be able to push their way past this intimidating force.
That's a guarantee.
How would you like the task of trying to get by a 6'6", 325-pound offensive tackle?
Chris Faulk is one of the largest offensive tackles in college football, and he has the strength, quickness and power to make him one of the best at his position in the country.
Faulk is as intimidating as they come, not only because of his size and strength, but because of the tenacious demeanor he plays with out on the football field. This is a kid who paves the way for LSU's dominant rushing attack, which accounted for more then 2,300 yards in 2011.
Put it this way—If you could single out one guy who you wouldn't want to line up across from on LSU's roster, it would more than likely be Chris Faulk.
This is what an intimidating college football player looks like.