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. 11 – OG Trai Turner
Redshirt sophomore Trai Turner is coming off an impressive debut season in 2012. After Josh Williford was lost for the season in the Florida game, LSU turned to Turner at right guard and he didn't surrender the position. The St. Augustine product played in 12 games for the Tigers, starting seven times. According to LSUsports.net, Turner logged 559 snaps and had 51 knockdowns.
Entering 2013 Turner, 6-foot-3, 306 pounds, projects as one of the team's best offensive linemen. In fact he's the second highest rated of seven offensive linemen to make TSD's top 50 countdown. He moves well for a player his size and ended up combining with fellow freshman Vadal Alexander to solidify the right side of LSU's line as a strength down the stretch of the 2012 season. He should be a rock for the Tigers this fall.
By The Numbers
Turner's highest ranking: 8th
Turner's lowest ranking: 24th
Why this ranking is too high
Turner did have a strong start to his LSU career, but he is still a relatively green player considering he's only started seven times. He'll be asked to man right guard for LSU for all 13 or 14 games in 2013, so Turner's ability to endure a full season will be tested for the first time. Simply put, there's a lot to like here, but it's important to see him do it again with higher expectations.
Why this ranking is too low
The guy had a really good finish to the 2012 season, proving to be one of the team's best players up front on a line that turned things around and opened up the run and the pass well down the stretch. Turner was a stabilizing force on a right side of the line that needed a lot of patchwork, and now he's a mainstay in a group that's one of the better units on this Tiger team. He's a very valuable player for LSU.
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No. 11 - Trai Turner
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