In 2006, the LSU Tigers look to have what some consider to be the top defensive secondary in the SEC, and one person that should play a key role in that unit is cornerback Jonathan Zenon. During his two seasons as a Tiger, Zenon has served as a quality backup at corner, and has gotten the nod as a starter when LSU started in a nickel or dime defense.

With 2005 starter Ronnie Prude now departed, Zenon is the top candidate to claim the cornerback position opposite of Chevis Jackson.

A native of Breaux Bridge, Zenon played alongside fellow Tiger Jesse Daniels at Breaux Bridge High School, where he earned places on various All-Star teams.

Though Zenon played in just nine games during his senior season, he recorded two interceptions and 10 pass deflections to help lead the squad to the class 4A quarterfinals.

Ranked as one of the top 25 cornerbacks in the country, Zenon received interest from Tennessee, ULL and Tulane, among others, and almost certainly would have been recruited by several other big name schools had he not committed early to LSU as part of the 2003 class that also included Daniels and LaRon Landry.

After red shirting during the '03 campaign, Zenon made his first collegiate appearance as a redshirt freshman against Arkansas State, where he recorded two tackles. He also saw time against Georgia and Florida that season before earning a bigger role in the secondary going into his sophomore year.

Last season, the speedy corner played in 11 of the Tigers' 13 games, starting four times. He finished the year with 17 tackles and two interceptions, returning them for a total of 47 yards.

Zenon is slated to start at corner this fall, making him the lone defensive back that did not start last season.

Dearman's Perspective on Zenon:

LSU is loaded at both safety and cornerback this season. After serving two years as an understudy, expect Jonathan Zenon to play a larger role for the secondary this fall, in what could be a breakout year for the junior.

Les Miles has raved about Zenon's cover skills after spring camp and this could be the year that the entire nation learns just how good of a corner the Breaux Bridge native is.

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