Minter shines as D's surprise leader 

November, 26, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's defense seemed easy to figure out coming into the season.

The Tigers were dominant because of a defensive line loaded with NFL prospects and a secondary with a Heisman Trophy candidate in Tyrann Mathieu who was going to harass opponents into turnovers and create touchdowns for the sometimes stagnant offense. The linebackers, unspectacular a season ago, were sort of along for the ride.

It didn't quite work out that way.

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