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This is not your typical LSU defensive line.
In the past decade, names such as Chad Lavalais, Marcus Spears, Marquise Hill, Kyle Williams, Glen Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Drake Nevis, Bennie Logan, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo have dominated the trenches for LSU.
With Logan, Montgomery and Mingo all going to the draft last year, who will win the game upfront for the Tigers in 2013?
First off, the Tigers are in great hands with Anthony Johnson starting. He's an athletic defensive tackle with the explosiveness necessary to get off of a block and cause chaos in opposing backfields. Because of his experience and athleticism, Ego Ferguson should start alongside him. Quentin Thomas and Mickey Johnson should back them up with true freshmen Greg Gilmore and Maquedius Bain directly behind them.
But what concerns Tigers fans most is the void at defensive end. Both Montgomery and Mingo were excellent in rushing the quarterback, and while production will drop off, Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco should be solid.
Hunter was a heavily recruited coming out of high school and so was Rasco. As a sophomore last season, Rasco recorded 10 tackles, two for loss and forced a fumble. Jordan Allen, Frank Herron, Louis Neal, Tashawn Bower and Kendell Beckwith may challenge one of them for a starting position this fall. Beckwith could play linebacker as well.