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Tharold Simon hungry for more
Defensive back Tharold Simon had a solid 2011 season, finishing with two interceptions, 42 tackles and a team-leading 10 pass deflections. But he is not at all satisfied with those numbers and says he can play much better this year.
“Most of those pass deflections should have been interceptions,” Simon said, via Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “I’m not at all (satisfied). I have to come down with those.”
The good news is that Simon should get much more playing this year after starting just two games last season. He will have plenty of opportunities to improve those numbers that he is not proud of.
LSU will take advantage of Zach Mettenberger
The Tigers have not had a great passing game the last couple of years, to put it lightly. That could change with an actual true quarterback in Zach Mettenberger leading the way. He has all of the tools to become a very successful quarterback in this conference, but with a loaded backfield, many are wondering just how much they are going to use his strong arm.
“We’re going to throw the ball down the field more with Zach,” Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa said (via Les East of The Advocate) “We’re going to be efficient in the passing game, and we’re going to make big plays in the passing game.”
Barkevious Mingo is fine despite injuries and weight loss
Mingo is one of the best defensive ends in the entire country, so it is no shock that Tiger fans were a little worried when they heard he was wearing a green no-contact jersey.
He is recovering from neck issues and an injured left arm. He has also lost 12 pounds, but head coach Les Miles says there is no worries about him missing playing time.
"He'll gain some weight," Miles said (via Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com). "We'll take care of Keke. He'll be OK, he just needs to regear his eating apparatus."