There are 105 players on LSU's 2006 football squad that live the collegiate football player's life, but none have gone down the same road as Pittman.
Cole Pittman was on his way to
spring practice in
"Every 30 minutes; every 10 minutes; all the time;" Chase said. "You think about what he would be doing, how successful he would be."
The Pittman family tragedy was a
national story during
In the spring, production will begin to produce Marc's book into a motion picture with a $20 budget.
Following Cole's death, Chase said
he thought continuing with his commitment to play for the Longhorns was the
right thing to do. He redshirted his freshman season in 2002, and in 2003, he
played in 10 games for
After the season, Pittman said he
found that everything at
"I didn't leave because of football. I left for personal reasons," Pittman said. "The football program was great. The coaches were great. I made some great friends."
"We knew when Chase came to
Now at LSU, Pittman said he is able to concentrate more on football. For a defensive lineman, he said LSU was an easy choice because of its talented roster and aggressive style of play.
He is the lone starter returning from LSU's tenacious defensive line in 2005, and said he is ready for another successful season. The 6-4, 265 pound right end started 12 of 13 games in 2005 with 34 tackles, including seven for a loss and three sacks.
"Chase Pittman was one of our best players last year," said defensive coordinator Bo Pelini. "He represents what is left of a very intimidating front four."
On the defensive line, Pittman will be the leader of the group, whether he likes it or not according to sophomore defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey and other linemen say they look toward Pittman for leadership because he is the most experienced, but Pittman said he would rather lead by example.
"I think I will just go out there and play my game," Pittman said. "The guys that play with me are going to play their game. If we all just work together, we are going to be fine."
Dorsey and Pittman's peers however look across the locker room for him to find leadership and inspiration.
"He's a great leader,"
Dorsey said. "He's been in the big games. He's been in overtime with