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Morris Claiborne

Cornerback | LSU

Because cornerback Tyrann Mathieu -- aka the Honey Badger -- takes what he wants, opponents can only take what No. 1 LSU's defense gives them. And it's not very much.

Opponents have been just as reluctant to throw to Claiborne's side of the field this season. Claiborne, a junior from Shreveport, La., leads the Tigers with six interceptions, and he has 46 tackles and six pass breakups.

Claiborne, who started his college career as a receiver, is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the country's top defensive back and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player.

-- Mark Schlabach