After Mathieu: Five playmakers to watch 

August, 10, 2012
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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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