Posted October 27, 2011 on
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LSU's Barkevious Mingo tries to appreciate football fans' preoccupation with his unusual name, although being asked about it almost weekly is getting a little old for him.
Yet, there's a vicious cycle going on this season. The more Mingo makes big plays for No. 1 LSU, the more his name gets out there.
Although the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mingo is a reserve defensive end whose specialty is speed rushing in passing situations, he's putting up starter-type numbers.
Heading into the Tigers' next game at Alabama on Nov. 5, Mingo leads LSU in tackles for losses with 7 1/2, while his four sacks is tied for the team-lead.
Mingo got his name from his mother, Barbara, who liked the name Kevious and combined it with the first part of her own name.
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