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.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, Junior
Accomplishments: One of the most feared pass rushers in the SEC, Mingo has done well despite smallish size for a major college defensive end. He still consistently brought pressure up the field grabbing a team-high 12 quarterback hurries. He also had 33 tackles and finished the year in position to be a top-10 NFL draft pick if he chooses to leave school after the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Shortcomings: Despite the reputation, Mingo's production was a bit disappointing. He had just four sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. He applied pressure, as his quarterback hurries suggest, but often he would just miss a bit play. He's small for an end and part of the reason his draft stock remains high is many believe he'll be much better as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, rather than his current role as an end in a 4-3.
Against Clemson: Mingo's ability to put pressure on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will be a key for LSU’s defensive approach. Mingo and the LSU defensive front can't allow Boyd to get good looks down the field, otherwise the ACC Player of the Year might pick the young Tigers' secondary apart. In what could be his last game, Mingo's going to have to bring it.