As SEC media days create a swirling of finger-pointing and blame over player contact with agents, LSU defensive leaders Kelvin Sheppard and Patrick Peterson showed true maturity, both acknowledging that players, along with agents, are at fault and must be accountable.
"Both sides are responsible," Sheppard said. "Both are adults. Definitely, players need to take ownership and know certain rules they need to abide by as a college athlete."
Sheppard, who as a junior led the Tigers and was fourth in the SEC with 110 tackles, is demonstrating extreme maturity and the type of leadership that will be needed to get the Tigers back on track and into the National Championship hunt in 2010.
Patrick Peterson, another of LSU’s defensive leaders that will be influential in righting the ship, also spoke out against agent contact with college players, saying that he is constantly contacted by agents, "maybe three times a week.”
"It was wild. I knew how to tell those guys it's not the proper time for all this, it's not the right moment. I'll talk to you when it's the right time."
In a time when several SEC schools are in the midst of allegations and NCAA investigations, the show of maturity by two of LSU’s team leaders should bring hope and excitement to Tiger fans as the team enters a fresh season filled with possibilities of success.