LSU's Craig Loston returning to lineup to face Alabama

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Previously-injured LSU safety Craig Loston, among the top senior NFL draft prospects at his position, will be back on the field Saturday as the Tigers visit No. 1-ranked Alabama.

"The good news is you will see Craig Loston back in the center of the secondary," LSU coach Les Miles said, according to nola.com.

The timing couldn't be better for the Tigers. Loston (6-2, 209) is known to be outstanding in run support, which means a significant boost for LSU's ability to stop Alabama's rushing tandem of T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

Loston has been in and out of the LSU lineup this season, missing three of LSU's last seven games, but he hasn't missed two games in a row all year. He sat out LSU's win over Mississippi State, reportedly with a groin injury, on Oct. 5, but started against Florida and Ole Miss before sitting out again two weeks ago against Furman. LSU was idle last weekend.

Loston has made 31 tackles on the season with one interception and two pass breakups, but has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He is ranked by NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt as the nation's No. 53-rated senior prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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