The elder statesman

The heralded freshmen that have joined the LSU linebacker corps have fans excited about the future. Before those young bucks can take the field full time, redshirt junior Kevin Minter will do his part to lead a talented group of linebackers through the minefield that is the SEC. Now an upperclassmen, Minter understands what is expected of him.

Minter, a part time starter a season ago, will look to take on a much larger role on the field this fall.

"It's an honor to be one of the guys on this defense," said Minter. "I just can't wait to get started.

"Of course there is more pressure, but it's exciting.

"It's almost surreal when I think about it. I just have to go execute now."

Minter reports that he came to LSU to be part of a great defense and he has now worked his way into an integral part of that group's gameplan.

Despite a young group, Minter believes his personnel grouping has the chance to be a strong unit.

"I think we have the chance to be really good," said Minter of the linebacking corp. "You know me and Tahj (Jones), we came up together.

"We know each other real well and we just gelled well.

"We know how to play together.

"We have some talented young guys coming up to, so people can expect a lot from these linebackers this year."

While Minter is prepared to take more snaps, the talented linebacker has had to be hardened in the refining fire of Coach John Chavis.

"The main thing he stays on me about is having confidence," said Minter. "He tells me he wants to come out and help lead this defense.

"He tells me that I have all of the tools. He has been preaching that for a while.

"Coach Chavis tells me to build up the confidence in myself to lead this defense.

"I can't just play to my potential anymore. I have to help bring these other guys along."

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