Saturday, October 6, 2012
Monster day for Minter
By Gary Laney
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Had LSU linebacker Kevin Minter not started cramping in the second half of LSU's 14-6 loss to Florida Saturday, he probably would have broken a school record for tackles.
Minter finished with 20 tackles, one short of the school record set 30 years ago by Al Richardson against South Carolina.
Linebacker Kevin Minter led the Tigers with 20 tackles against Florida.
Asked if he realized how many tackles he was getting, Minter said, "Not really. I was just doing what I could to help my teammates."
He did plenty. Among his tackles were three for loss, including back-to-back sacks of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel in the second quarter. He also forced a fumble from UF's Frankie Hammond that killed a Gators first-half drive.
"He played his butt off," LSU coach Les Miles said.
When he was out, it hurt the Tigers. Both Florida drives came after Minter went to the locker room because of cramping issues. One touchdown was scored without Minter on the field. On the second, the drive started without him, then he returned and UF finished the drive.
It's rare for a Tiger to have a singularly dominant game like Minter had. The Tigers usually use a lot of players, and Minter had just 34 tackles entering the night, a number still good enough to lead the team.