No. 41 - Micah Eugene

All season long TSD will unveil our top 50 LSU players for the 2013 season. The list was compiled by TSD's Ben Love, Austin Cooper and Hunter Paniagua. Coming in at No. 41 is defensive back Micah Eugene.

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.

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