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Report: LSU Losing Claiborne, Brockers To The NFL

LSU was a young team in 2011 and the Tigers will have a lot of talent returning for their 2012 campaign.  But not everyone’s coming back.

Citing sources “close to LSU,” Jim Kleinpeter of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports today that All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne and All-SEC defensive tackle Michael Brockers will be leaving the school early for the riches of the NFL.

Both players are expected to reveal their plans officially this afternoon.

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LSU Won’t Change Plan Due To UF QB Change

John Brantley is out with what’s believed to be a high ankle sprain.  Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis haven’t said for sure which of Florida’s three remaining quarterbacks will get the start at LSU on Saturday.  Most assume the starter will be freshman Jeff Driskel.

But according to defensive tackle Michael Brockers, that doesn’t matter to the Tigers:

“We’re preparing to take care of the offense.  It really doesn’t matter who plays.  We’re preparing for the offense in general.  Brantley, Driskel, whoever.”

Les Miles doesn’t sound overly concerned about the Gator quarterback situation either:

“Playing different quarterbacks gives you certain things and challenges that must be met.  I think that we’re very comfortable.  We’ve faced a number of offenses to this point.  Our defense has been tested against a wide range of attacks and can easily make an adjustment that fits the opponent.”

If so, the UF’s gamesmanship with its QB situation is nothing more than wasted time.

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Freshman “Freak” Looks To Shine At LSU

LSU freshman defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is known as “Freak” by his teammates.  He’s 6-3, 295 pounds and he happens to be remarkably fast for his size.  How fast?

“My sophomore year, I committed to the University of Tennessee, and the defensive coordinator at the time, Monte Kiffin, said he wanted me to run a 40-yard dash.  I was 315 pounds at the time and I ran a 4.8-second 40.

Ever since that day, (Kiffin) said it was some freaky stuff, so he called me the ‘Freak’ — and it just stuck with me.”

While Tiger coaches are trying not to overwhelm the freshman phenom, his teammates already see a guy who can go toe-to-toe with LSU’s offensive linemen.  “This guy comes in and goes against the ones, and it looks like he’s been playing int he SEC for a long time,” Michael Brockers told The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Get used to hearing the name Anthony Johnson, folks.

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