Tashawn Bower has had to wait his turn at LSU, but the junior from New Jersey is expected to make his debut as a starter for the Tigers at defensive end this fall.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder has played in 19 career games and registered 19 tackles, including 2.5 stops for loss. During this opening week of Fall Camp, Bower has missed several practices, ostensibly for heat exhaustion.
While his absence on the Ponderosa figures to be short-lived, Bower is hoping his impact between the lines is a constant over the coming months.
He chatted with TSD about working next to freshmen Arden Key and Isaiah Washington and also shared the differences of being coached by Brick Haley and Ed Orgeron.
On the freshmen at defensive end ...
"These young guys have really, really impressed me, the D-Line and Coach O. They're working so hard. Arden Key getting here, he's been great. You can see he's been working. Great pass rusher, he's really going to make an impact. Same with Isaiah (Washington). They're making improvements, and it's huge because when you do that early in camp, you know you're going to have depth."
On the transition to Coach O ...
"I think Coach O is a little bit more intense. They both coach a lot of the same things, but Coach O is a little bit more intense. He wants everything to be a little more hurried up, which is a good thing really for us to get more conditioned."
Check out the full audio interview with Bower below, which includes his thoughts on playing near his home state for the Syracuse game, LSU's defensive tackles and more.
Tashawn Bower talks young ends, Orgeron
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