After Mathieu: Five playmakers to watch 

August, 10, 2012
After LSU dismissed Tyrann Mathieu from the team Friday, who are the best candidates to emerge as LSU's primary playmaker? Here are some candidates.

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Butch Dill/Getty ImagesEric Reid (1) might fill LSU's primary role of playmaker with the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu.
1. WR Odell Beckham, Jr.: Already the likely candidate to be the go-to receiver for quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Beckham's role increased Friday. Head coach Les Miles called Beckham a "very talented punt returner," a role Mathieu excelled in. If Beckham proves to be that, his star could rise quickly as he also sees his receiving production increase.

2. S Eric Reid: The thing LSU will miss the most from Mathieu will be his ability to create turnovers. Reid may be asked to do a bit more of that. Already a pre-season all-American and a candidate to be a first-round NFL draft pick at the end of the season, Reid's been known more for his steady play than as a big-play maker. With Mathieu gone, he may need to become more of a big-play creator.

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