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. 14 – OLB Kwon Alexander
One of the most promising athletes on LSU's entire team, sophomore outside linebacker Kwon Alexander would likely be ranked even higher if he didn't have a history with injuries. After dealing with a knee injury that sidelined him for his senior season in high school, Alexander broke his ankle versus Florida as a true freshman in 2012. But, during his seven games in the lineup, he made an impact. Alexander started twice, made 12 total tackles, forced one fumble, recovered two and also registered a quarterback hurry, had a pass break-up and made one tackle for loss.
Back at full strength, Alexander (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has a chance to be a terror for LSU's defense in 2013. He spent all of spring camp as a second-team outside ‘backer, but Alexander is favored by many to slide into a starting spot sooner or later. TSD's rankings reflect that widespread sentiment, as Alexander, an Oxford, Ala., native, is our second-rated linebacker, ahead of current starters Tahj Jones (No. 18 on our countdown) and D.J. Welter (No. 27).
By The Numbers
Alexander's highest ranking: 7th
Alexander's lowest ranking: 23rd
Why this ranking is too high
He does break down at a fairly alarming rate, so there are fair questions that can be asked of Alexander along the lines of durability and reliability. Plus, because of his recent wave of injuries, he really hasn't seen a ton of on-field action in the past two football seasons. The only other conceivable concern surrounding Alexander is his lack of experience on the collegiate stage.
Why this ranking is too low
Alexander is an athletic freak. LSU was quite fortunate to land him in the 2012 class, benefitting from the fact that Alexander's stock dropped for some due to the knee injury. When he's right and able to go, Alexander can easily be one of the Tigers' best defenders on the field, at any position. So, given the magnitude of his upside, Alexander can be very valuable. He's also 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, making him one of the better-looking specimens LSU has at linebacker.
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