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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Sophomore Barkevious Mingo plays a key role for the LSU defense coming off the bench as a wildcard. He is tied for the team lead with 4 sacks and leads the Tigers with 7.5 tackles for loss for -34 yards.
When Les Miles’ No. 1 LSU Tigers take on Nick Saban’s No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 5, it will no doubt be the most-watched college football game on television.
The last time two top-ranked college football teams played each other during the regular season was in 2006, when No. 1 Ohio State beat No. 2 Michigan, 42-39.
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