Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tiger Tale: DT Bennie Logan
By Gary Laney
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.
Bennie Logan, DT, Junior
Accomplishments: Stout and with long arms, Logan is an established run stuffer who has some ability to make an impact in the passing games. Fairly active for a 4-3 tackle, Logan had 36 tackles -- five for loss -- broke up three passes and picked up two sacks. He has a knack for getting his hand on footballs, with three passes batted down plus a blocked kick this season. A second-team all-SEC pick, Logan projecs to be a possible first-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.
Shortcomings: For a potential first-round draft pick, Logan isn't dominant as a pass rusher. In fact, when LSU goes to a three-lineman look on passing downs, it's usually Logan who gets subbed out for the extra defensive back. He has hardly put up the classic LSU dominant defensive tackle numbers players such as Glenn Dorsey and Drake Devis up up before him.
Against Clemson: This is a last chance for Logan to make an impression before he likely leaves for the riches of the NFL. That should give Logan plenty of motivation heading into the Chick-fil-A Bowl. A dominant performance in Atlanta can go a long way of improving Logan's draft status, making him a player who could safely fall in the first round. If he has a shaky game, it could send him to the second round.