Mills thrust into the fray

DeSoto, Texas star Jalen Mills committed to LSU prior to his senior season in an effort to avoid any distractions during the 2011 campaign. Ironically, Mills' 2012 season will likely be directly impacted by an off the field distraction that led to the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu. Mills' reports that he is excited to be on campus and that no challenge is too big for him.

When Mills arrived on campus this summer, he understood that he may be forced into action depending on the needs of the team this year.

"When we got here, Coach Miles told all of us freshman to be ready to play," explained Mills. "He told us that our number could be called at anytime and we need to be ready to help the team.

"We have to be prepared and be real serious about learning everything."

Mills has drawn the praise of LSU head man Les Miles throughout fall camp as the Tigers begin to settle things in the defensive secondary.

The true freshman has a lot to learn before he suits up in the SEC, but Mills is a quick study.

"It's all been a learning process," said Mills. "I was a little late getting here, so I was a little behind.

"I am catching up now. I am learning the scheme and the playbook."

The four star freshman corner reports that he has learned to lean on the veteran leadership in the secondary, but one player has really taken him under his wing.

"I have learned a lot from Tharold Simon," said Mills. "He has taught me the right things to do and where to be and all of that.

"He has really helped me a lot."

The physical part of football comes pretty naturally for Mills.

His efforts now center around getting the mental aspects of the college game under his belt.

"I need to stay in the playbook," said Mills. "That's probably the biggest thing for me.

"I am listening to my coaches and trying to get better everyday.

"I just need to be sure that I know where to line up and know what all I am supposed to do to help the team."


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