No. 24 - Jordan Allen

LSU junior DE Jordan Allen

All summer long TSD will unveil our top 50 LSU football players for the 2013 season. TSD's Ben Love, Austin Cooper and Hunter Paniagua compiled the rankings. A redshirt junior defensive end checks in at number 24.

Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.

No. 24 – DE Jordan Allen

At this level of TSD's top 50 countdown, if a player lacks experience in an LSU uniform, it's usually because he's younger. That's not the case with defensive end Jordan Allen, who will be a redshirt junior in 2013. Still, despite passing three years on campus so far with only four career games played and one tackle to his name, Allen is beginning to carve a spot for himself on the Tiger defensive line.

Standing 6-foot-6 and 253 pounds, Allen, a West Monroe native, proved this spring that he's not only back from a knee injury which sidelined him in 2012 but also ready to compete with a young up-and-comer like Danielle Hunter. It may have been Hunter who entered spring as the starter opposite junior Jermauria Rasco, but it was Allen who left spring that way. He remains one of LSU's best options against the run at defensive end this fall and will be a factor if he stays healthy.

By The Numbers

Allen's highest ranking: 17th
Allen's lowest ranking: 33rd

Why this ranking is too high

Allen hasn't proven yet that he can produce on the field, or stay healthy for that matter. His one career tackle came in the Northwestern State game in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, so there isn't much in his history at LSU that suggests he's ready to start in the SEC. Allen is also a different breed of end when compared to the other two primary candidates at the position year – Hunter and Rasco – as well those who played a season ago for the Tigers – Lavar Edwards, KeKe Mingo and Sam Montgomery. The one thing all five of those players have in common that Allen doesn't: great quickness.

Why this ranking is too low

Other than Rasco, Allen is the only defensive end who's been around long enough to remember what it was like when LSU was atop the SEC. It also can't be understated just how strong of a spring Allen had and the impression he left on Brick Haley and the Tigers' staff. There's also some value to the fact that Allen could give some needed beef to an LSU line which could be on the thin side in 2013.

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