Vincent getting his swagger back

Justin Vincent says he has his swagger back, and going into his senior season at LSU, he says there could be no better time. No. 25 for LSU has had one of the most dynamic careers in Tiger Town, covering a broad spectrum of ups and downs.

As a freshman, Vincent's career blew up in front of a national audience as the Tigers made their push toward a Southeastern Conference championship and a national champion.

 

He put together the finest season for a freshman in LSU history, rushing for a freshman school record of 1,001 yards in leading the Tigers to a 13-1 overall mark. Most fans will remember Vincent breaking open a 62-yard run against Georgia in the SEC Championship game, as well as a 64-yard run on the first play of the 2003 Nokia Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma.

 

Since 2003, Vincent's has not been the same.

 

He entered and concluded the 2004 season with a sophomore slump. He rushed for 322 yards on 76 carries while reaching the endzone only twice. In 2005, the junior's production improved with 521 yards on the ground on 121 carries with five touchdowns.

 

Now as a senior, Vincent says things are going to be different.

 

"I feel the best I have felt in a long time," Vincent said. "I don't know what it is. I just feel like I have more energy. Maybe because I'm a senior. Maybe it's because this is my last one. I feel like I am just ready to role. This is going to be my best season."

 

But Vincent isn't the only person in fall camp feeling good about the upcoming season. He says the team as a whole has responded well to a number of challenges thus far, and that the entire team is ready to go.

 

"This camp was a great camp," Vincent said. "It was hot, and a lot of the guys had to get accustomed to the heat. I think a lot of guys came out here with a different mind set, and with personal goals."

 

The Lake Charles native said the team came into camp and did what they knew they had to do. No player looks forward too two-a-day practices, but Vincent said head coach Les Miles and his staff came in and took care of business..

 

Vincent has now attended his final fall camp in preparation for football season, and says this camp has been different from others.

 

"I think our spirit is higher," Vincent said. "It's not something someone said, it's something you can just sense. It's like everyone has an urgency for that first game to do well."

 

With camp winding down, Vincent and the Tigers will now turn their focus toward the Ragin Cajuns of UL-Lafayette.


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