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LSU Football: The Tigers' Top 5 Unsung Heroes of 2013

Carter BryantContributor IDecember 23, 2013

LSU Football: The Tigers' Top 5 Unsung Heroes of 2013

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    The glamour positions get all the glory in football.

    LSU's key skill position players on offense have been lauded for their efforts this season. Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are all household names. 

    However, as with any winning football team, there are many players who did the little things to help their team win as well.

    LSU head coach Les Miles had a fair share of players who played at a high level, but did not get the credit they deserved. 

Connor Neighbors

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    Fullback Connor Neighbors was as good as the highly touted J.C. Copeland, if not better.

    Neighbors' stats do not jump off the page. He rushed the ball twice for a grand total of one yard and caught five passes for 83. 

    However, Neighbors let LSU fans know the Tigers have two effective fullbacks instead of one. 

    Copeland was the better ball-carrier and the more powerful lead blocker, but Neighbors was the better receiver and a few steps quicker. 

    Neighbors played more snaps this season than most expected. He made them count, leading the way for a potent LSU rushing attack.

Rashard Robinson

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    Rashard Robinson was one of the few bright spots of the LSU secondary in 2013. 

    Robinson has shown flashes of excellence in the little he has played this season at cornerback. In fact, he sometimes outperformed the more highly touted freshman corner Tre'Davious White. 

    Robinson's best performance came against the best receiver he faced all season. 

    Texas A&M All-American Mike Evans struggled against Robinson. Evans only caught four passes for 51 yards, with Robinson snagging an interception in the process. 

    Robinson will be the next great defensive back in Baton Rouge.

Colby Delahoussaye

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    LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye could have been the most pleasant surprise for the Tigers.

    Delahoussaye was consistent, which is the key aspect to kicking. He was 13-of-14 on field goals and only missed one extra point. His 92.9 percent led the SEC in field-goal percentage (min. 10 attempts). 

    Fellow kicker James Hairston deserves credit, too. Hairston handled kickoff duties for the Tigers and did so spectacularly. More than half of his kicks resulted in touchbacks.

    Hairston helps Delahoussaye focus on field-goal kicking alone. 

    Nevertheless, Delahoussaye showed as a freshman that the future of the position is in good hands...or feet.

Alfred Blue

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    Alfred Blue is an average running back. However, as a special teamer, few are better than Blue. 

    Blue rejoined the kickoff team midway through the season after sinking in the depth chart at running back. He has raked in five tackles and recovered a fumble.

    Blue's chance of making an NFL roster increases with his special teams success as he decides whether or not to come back next season. His speed and tackling ability makes one wonder if he could play defense. 

    Blue could have sulked, but he selflessly did what was best for the team. That helps send a positive message to the rest of the locker room. 

Greg Studrawa

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    LSU's offensive line was not memorable this season, but the job got done more often than not.

    The credit for that should be given to Greg Studrawa. 

    Studrawa was both the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach over the past two seasons. Last offseason, he was demoted to just being the offensive line coach, making way for Cam Cameron to run the offense.

    There was no apparent rift within the LSU coaching staff. The offense flourished under Cameron, thanks in part to a solid offensive line. 

    Guard Josh Williford's career ended before the season even began, forcing the line to swap players around. The group hit some lulls, but was an overall success thanks in part to Studrawa's tutelage.

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