Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 41 – DB Micah Eugene
The 10th player to come off the board on TSD's top 50 list of Tigers for 2013 was arguably more productive a season ago than any of the nine who came before him. Rising redshirt sophomore Micah Eugene was the designated dime back for LSU in 2012, entering the game as the Tigers' sixth defensive back on dime and Mustang (3-2-6) sets. He finished the season with 3.5 sacks (fifth on the team) and 29 total tackles, proving to be an effective blitzer off the edge.
Entering this fall Eugene has a good chance to reprise his role as the defense's sixth DB. He even showed a side of his versatility this spring, moonlighting as a cover corner due to injuries to starters Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins. Eugene never shies away from contact and has a nice nose for the ball. Expect him to make a difference again in 2013, maybe even taking on more coverage duties against slot receivers.
By The Numbers
Eugene's highest ranking: 34th
Eugene's lowest ranking: 50th
Why this ranking is too high
He may be the sixth defensive back in, but Eugene comes in as the seventh highest-ranked secondary player on TSD's countdown. It's debatable that a player ranked that far down the ladder at his position should be the 41st player overall. He also isn't the biggest of players, listed at a generous 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. Eugene also has a way to go in his coverage ability and overall grasp of the defense.
Why this ranking is too low
The guy has experience and some success under his belt to boot. Eugene had ample chances to shine in his redshirt freshman season and, on the whole, he did not disappoint. In the defense's first year without Ron Brooks in that gunner/dime back role, Eugene was actually a very important cog given the way John Chavis likes to use his DBs. The same figures to be true in 2013.
Discuss Eugene's ranking on our free board
View TSD's Top 50 to date
No. 41 - Micah Eugene
Tiger Blitz Top Stories
Fournette sets single game rushing recordLSU star running back Leonard Fournette returned to action here Saturday night in Death Valley only to set the school's single game rushing record at 284 yards on just 16 carries.…
Tiger Blitz1:36 AM
Orgeron, LSU picks up signature winEd Orgeron won a signature win against a top 25 opponent here Saturday night at home in Death Valley against rival Ole Miss in convincing fashion 38-21. Orgeron, who has run his…
Tiger Blitz12:55 AM
LSU turns the clock back on offense vs RebelsAgainst Ole Miss, LSU's offense turned back the clock to their days before Steve Ensminger took over to ground and pound the Rebels to help set up the play-action passing, allowing…
Tiger BlitzYesterday at 11:11 PM
Rapid Reaction: LSU beats Ole MissLSU used a record-setting day by Leonard Fournette to propel the Tigers over the Ole Miss Rebels 38-21.
Tiger BlitzYesterday at 9:22 PM