BATON ROUGE, La. -- Leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we'll take a daily look at a key LSU player. We'll examine how he has done and what his challenges are for the Clemson game.
Lamin Barrow, LB, Junior
Accomplishments: Won a battle for the weakside linebacker spot in the spring and hasn't looked back, his 92 tackles ranking second on the team to Kevin Minter. While Minter gained more attention, Barrow's steady play helped the linebackers become a strength of the Tigers defense. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Shortcomings: While it's hard to find much to complain about from either Minter or Barrow, it is noted that the Tigers did not stop the run well in either of its losses, at Florida and to Alabama. While there has been much trepidation around LSU for what has been an exploited pass defense lately, it remains true that in the only two games the Tigers lost, they allowed opponents to have their two best rushing days this season against LSU.
Against Clemson: While the focus on defense will be on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' high-powered passing attack, it's up to Barrow and LSU's defensive front to make Clemson one-dimensional. If Barrow has a good game and LSU stops the run, it would propel Barrow into a leadership role on defense next season, especially considering what seems like Minter's imminent departure to the NFL after this season.