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Gerald Herbert, File, Associated Press
FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2011, file photo, LSU defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu (7), Morris Claiborne (17), Ron Brooks (13), and Tharold Simon (24) pose for photographers during NCAA college football media day at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Mathieu and Claiborne are the first cornerback teammates to lock down spots on the AP All-American team.

NEW ORLEANS — Morris Claiborne came to LSU to play wide receiver. Tyrann Mathieu came just wanting to play.

Together they form one of the best cornerback tandems in college football.

Mathieu led the Tigers in tackles this season en route to winning the Bednarik Award and earning an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York — as a sophomore. Claiborne picked off six passes and won the Thorpe Award as the nation's outstanding cornerback.

And as a reward for locking down opposing offenses, the duo also became the first cornerback tandem to lock down both spots on the AP's All-America first team.

The two lead will lead top-ranked LSU into the BCS title game against No. 2 Alabama on Monday.