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. 13 – DT Ego Ferguson
A redshirt junior from Mims, Fla., Ego Ferguson finds himself at number 13 on TSD's top 50 countdown, a ranking partly attributable to his talent and experience and partly to the fact that he plays a position of need. In the last two seasons, LSU has seen Michael Brockers, Bennie Logan, Josh Downs and Chancey Aghayere either graduate or leave the program early for the NFL. That leaves a vacancy a mile-wide on the interior of LSU's defensive line in 2013. Anthony Johnson will be one starter, and, exiting spring, Ferguson is slated to be the other.
Ferguson, 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds, has played in 26 games the past two seasons, making no starts. In his redshirt sophomore campaign, he registered 14 tackles, one for loss, and had a pass break-up. Ferguson's role, however, seldom rose above the fourth, or often times fifth, defensive tackle in the Tigers' rotation. He'll be asked to do a lot more this fall, and that fact alone escalates his value to this edition of LSU football.
By The Numbers
Ferguson's highest ranking: 8th
Ferguson's lowest ranking: 17th
Why this ranking is too high
Ferguson may be falling into a starting role on the defensive line, but he has done fairly little so far in his career to distinguish himself during his brief opportunities on the field. Plus, and maybe the biggest thing, is that three very talented true freshmen are coming into the mix at his position. Ferguson would be a safe bet to begin the season as a starter, but he'll have to maintain and excel to keep his neck ahead of guys like Maquedius Bain, Greg Gilmore and Christian Lacouture.
Why this ranking is too low
At 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds, Ferguson does have great size. He also is the most experienced defensive tackle on LSU's roster considering he's coming up on his fourth season in TigerTown. Given more consistent playing time this season, there's a distinct possibility that Ferguson could blossom from where he's been the past two seasons as strictly a rotational player.
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