Welter: State test "a little bit different"

Senior linebacker begins week of Mississippi State prep by previewing the Bulldogs' offense. Welter also addressed comparisons this 2014 defense is drawing to the 2011 group.

Senior linebacker D.J. Welter has been around his fair of share of LSU football over the past half-decade.

Following the Tigers’ shutout victory over ULM Saturday night, Welter took a brief look back at the defense’s effort, particularly what it was like to play next to two different starters in Deion Jones and Duke Riley.

“I go with them in practice a lot. They’re definitely guys who can step in and fill in whenever the guy in front of them is out. But there’s no definitely no drop-off,” noted Welter. “They were flying around making plays. That’s what you want – to have a lot of depth at linebacker. I feel like we can definitely use it.”

Welter, who played his prep ball at Notre Dame of Crowley, then turned his attention to LSU’s next opponent, Mississippi State. The Tigers’ starting middle linebacker said the Bulldogs are a bit of a cross between Wisconsin’s offense and what LSU has seen each of the past two weeks.

State: “I feel like they spread it out a little bit, but they also like to run it right at you. It will be a little bit different,” he explained. “We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’ll be a good SEC opener at home.”

Finally, as you can listen to in the audio clip below, Welter shared his take on a growing topic of late – Just how good is this edition of LSU’s defense and are they starting to approach the celebrated 2011 defense?

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