Q&A with LSU's Mingo

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:22 p.m.

Five questions with LSU junior defensive end Barkevious Mingo

Q: Would you rather have a bye week before a big game like the Gators did or would you rather play?

A: I'd rather play a game and kind of set a tone and touch on the things we need to work on and how we can improve to beat the team that's in front of us.

Q: What are your impressions from what you've seen on tape of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel?

A: He's definitely proving himself in the league. He's not just a pocket-passer. He has some wheels on him. He can get outside the pocket and make plays out there and tuck and run if he needs to.

Q: LSU is very deep along the defensive line this year. How does that help against teams that like to run the ball like Florida?

A: It definitely helps when a guy gets winded or gets injured or whatever, we can put somebody else in and not miss a beat. That benefited us all year last year and hopefully it can benefit us on Saturday.

Q: A lot of people thought the defense wouldn't be as impressive without Tyrann Mathieu, but LSU is fourth in the nation in defense. Did you expect the unit to struggle a little more without Mathieu at least to start the season?

A: Not at all. I know that the guys on this team are capable of playing anywhere. Our backups are just as good as our ones, so just giving them a chance to play and prove themselves is what they're doing right now. It's just going to benefit us all around.

Q: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has gotten a lot of criticism recently. How confident are you that he's the guy to take LSU where it wants to be?

A: First of all, there's way more that's supposed to be going on. It's not just all on him. We have to catch, better protection, but playing against him every week, I know what he's capable of. I know what he can do in games. We just got to give him an opportunity to make those plays.

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