Beckwith: "I'm ready to hit somebody else"

Junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith previews LSU's season opener Saturday against McNeese State.

Among the LSU Tigers most ready to take the field Saturday night and target a jersey of a different color is starting middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith.

The hard-hitting junior from Clinton is aching for a shot at McNeese State in Tiger Stadium, although it sounds as if anything other than purple and gold would've sufficed for one of the Bayou Bengals' defensive captains.

"Actually I was talking about it yesterday," Beckwith told TSD. "I was telling my mom and my dad, 'I'm tired of practicing and hitting my own players. I'm ready to hit somebody else.' It'll be exciting. I think I speak for the whole team when I say we're just ready to play."

One Tiger that will be missing in action Saturday, and possibly the better part of the next two months, is senior defensive back Jalen Mills.

Beckwith, who finished with 77 tackles a season ago, acknowledged that life without LSU's mainstay in the secondary has not been easy. That does not mean, however, that the Tigers expect to take a step back with Mills' primary replacement.

"I miss him every day because we just had that chemistry all together," Beckwith explained. "But Rickey (Jefferson) has been my roommate since I got here, so our chemistry is great. He's also a great athlete, so him stepping in and filling that position is like not missing a step. Rickey's ready to go."

Click on the audio link below for Scout's full 1-on-1 interview with Beckwith, which includes his take on the hardest LSU running back to tackle (Hint: It's between Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice).

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