KEVIN CHRISTOPHER MINTER

Middle Linebacker

Louisiana State University Tigers

#46

5:11.6-246

Suwanee, Georgia

Peachtree Ridge High School

 

OVERVIEW

Please forgive the hard-hitting Louisiana State middle linebacker if he might have felt a bit claustrophobic in the Tigers’ training room when he began preparing for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Known as the unquestioned “Clint Eastwood-like” quiet leader of a swarming defense that featured just one senior starter, when the junior decided to leave school and test the NFL waters, he thought he would have the weight and film rooms pretty vacant for him to use.

 

It so happened that the permanent team captain must have had a “great idea” declaring for the draft. Within hours of his decision, nine other LSU underclassmen would also declare, including the ever colorful and “loud” tandem of Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, known for keeping the team loose with their jokester-like antics.

 

“So much for peace and quiet while training,” Minter thought. No chance of having those rooms available for his own use, he realized. As the man who helped guide a defensive unit that produced 23 victories during 27 games starter, he would be surrounded by nearly that entire squad. At least for a few more months before they spread to various locations throughout the National Football League, they all banded together with their captain to follow his lead one more time.

 

On the football field, Minter had complete command of the huddle. His no-nonsense approach and similar body frame has reminded some of former Chicago Bears Hall of Famer, Mike Singletary. But in the locker room, in the whirlpools, in the film rooms, the tandem of Mingo and Montgomery could rival Cheech and Chong for their ability to keep everyone loose with their comedy routines.

 

Minter had just capped his career with one of the best seasons for a player at his position in school history. He had earned first team All-American honors and was a finalist for the Butkus Award after recording 130 tackles, fifteen stops-for-loss and four sacks as a junior in 2012.

 

The middle linebacker went on to record 206 total tackles, 18.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks. In two seasons calling defensive signals, the Tigers ranked 12th in the nation in total defense (307.15 ypg) and 11th in scoring defense (18.23 ppg) on the way to a 13-1 record before losing to Alabama in the national title clash in 2011.

 

The team finished eighth nationally in total defense (307.62 ypg) in 2012, with their middle linebacker making nineteen tackles in the opposing backfields, the main reason LSU held runners to an average of 101.62 yards per game on the ground. What makes that figure even more impressive was they accomplished that feat playing a Southeastern Conference schedule vs. teams that have been a breeding ground for future NFL franchise running backs in recent years.

 

Three years after he “stole” his prized recruit away from the grasps of SEC rival, Georgia’s head coach Mark Richt, Tigers mentor Les Miles still regards that as the turning point for his defensive unit. Before Minter’s arrival, the team was in the middle of the pack among major colleges when it came to stopping the running game. They were ranked 46th in the nation in run defense while Minter was red-shirting in 2009, yielding 133.38 yards each contest. Once Minter took over the middle of the field, LSU finished fifth, allowing only 90.07 yards per game in 2011 before another stellar performance last season.

 

Minter was a Class 5A first-team All-State selection as a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School before he signed his national letter of intent to attend Louisiana State. In 2008, he recorded 113 tackles while playing in only ten games, helping lead the team to the state the playoffs before suffering an injury that kept him out of their run to the Class 5A state championship.

 

Minter had been a defensive end during his first two seasons at the school, combining for 154 tackles as a freshman and sophomore. He moved to middle linebacker as a junior, leading the team with 137 tackles while also collecting six sacks. That performance earned him Class 5A All-State honorable mention and first-team All-District and All-County accolades.

 

His four-year career led to Minter receiving a four-star prospect grade according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was a five-star prospect in the Sports Illustrated Takkle Top 200 list and rated as the 15th-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep. Rivals.com regarded him as the 17th-best inside linebacker in the nation, while Scout.com placed him fourth among the country’s middle linebackers.

 

Minter was rated the seventh-best player in the state of Georgia by Super Prep, as Rivals placed him 23rd on their Georgia Top 50 squad. He would also garner Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 honors as a senior team captain for head coach Bill Ballard.

 

Louisiana State coaches were highly impressed with Minter’s preparation skills and the way he easily picked up the defensive scheme when he arrived on campus as a freshman in 2009. He red-shirted that season and like most youngsters, he had to wait for his opportunity to play, lining up behind senior Kelvin Shepherd at middle linebacker in 2010.

 

Minter played in eleven games that season, mostly with the special team coverage units. He went on to record fifteen tackles, but the coaches identified him an All-American-in-waiting. Two years later, he would prove them right.

 

Before winning the middle linebacker job, Minter’s exploits in the weight room were becoming a U-Tube sensation. After May drills, he went into the training room and showed the rest of the team that much like Bruce Springsteen, he was “The Boss.” In the bench press drill, he easily performed a 545-pound lift. The coaches knew that their fierce, hard-hutting middle linebacker was the type of player defenses are built around.

 

Even at a shade under six-feet tall, Minter has the size and raw strength to take on and shed larger offensive linemen. He has natural leverage due to his exceptional upper-body strength and his light feet served him well in the box, allowing for excellent lateral range. He also developed into an outstanding “inside-out” player, proving to be highly effective vs. the run, along with being a solid, punishing three-gap player.

 

Minter has also shown the speed and burst to cover tight ends, slot receivers and running backs in the short-to-intermediate passing areas, along with more than holding his own when challenged by fullbacks and lead blockers trying to widen the rushing lanes. He played more in a “stay back” mode in 2011, recording 61 tackles, but 35 of those hits came on either third- or fourth-down snaps.

 

In 2012, Minter was a Butkus Award finalist, in addition to being an All-American and All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection. He not only excelled on the field, but also in the class room, graduating with he degree in General Studies in December, 2012, picking up SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.

 

Minter led the team with 130 tackles (55 solos), which ranked third in the conference and 14th in the nation in 2012. He had four sacks, as all four of his quarterback pressures led to interceptions. He recorded fifteen tackles for minus 52 yards, deflected five passes and intercepted another. He earned National Player of the Week honors vs. Texas A&M and was a SEC Defensive Player of the Week honoree twice.

 

After the 2012 season, the Tigers lost a staggering number of good players who were leaving Baton Rouge early. In all, if you include Tyrann Mathieu, who would technically be a senior in 2013, LSU lost eleven underclassmen and five could figure to be among those that will be selected in the first two rounds in the April NFL Draft: Sam Montgomery, Keke Mingo, Eric Reid, Bennie Logan and Kevin Minter.

 

Those five Tiger defenders accounted for 388 tackles, 43 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 16.5 sacks. According to the LSU coaches, almost all of the departures were expected, and with strong recruiting classes in recent years, their replacements are already on the roster.

 

That is, with one exception: Minter, who proved to be a revelation in 2012 and came on so fast last season that no one before the year inside the program would’ve imagined he’d have the chance to bolt. He had not only emerged as the team’s unquestioned leader, but the coaches constantly praised his work ethic.

 

Some NFL team will see that Minter is a physical downhill linebacker, who plays decisive and tough with an attacking play style. He shows little wasted movements and plays with an infectious intensity that his teammates feed off of, earning praise for his attitude on and off the field by the coaching staff.

 

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has called Minter the team’s top competitor, and, at the end-of-season banquet, Minter was voted by his teammates as the team’s most valuable player. Even his opponents doubt that an NFL team can find a better inside line-backer in the 2013 draft class.

 

CAREER NOTES

Minter appeared in 38 games at Louisiana State, starting his final 27 contests at middle linebacker…Finished his career with 206 tackles (81 solos), five sacks for minus 36 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 68 yards and four quarterback pressures…Deflected six passes and intercepted another…Caused two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

 

2012 SEASON

The Butkus Award finalist earned All-American first-team honors from Sports Illustrated, adding second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Walter Camp and Scout.com, along with picking up third-team recognition from CBSsports.com…

The consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, along with being chosen National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation, Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards for his performance vs. Texas A&M, and was also a SEC Defensive Player of the Week selection vs. Florida…Started all thirteen games at middle linebacker, ranking third in the league and tied for 20th nationally with an average of 10.0 tackles per game…Led the Tigers with 130 tackles (55 solos), the fourth-best season total in school history, topped by only Bradie James (154 in 2002), Al Richardson (150 in 1981) and Lawrence Williams (144 in 1981)…His 15.0 stops for losses totaling 52 yards was fourth-best in the SEC, as that total also tied Barkevious (2011) and Chuck Wiley (1995) for ninth on the school season-record chart…Added four sacks for minus 29 yards, and posted four quarterback pressures…Deflected five passes and intercepted another that he returned four yards…Also caused one fumble…Received the Charles McClendon Award as the team MVP and was named a permanent team captain for the 2012 season in a vote by his teammates…Had six games of at least 10 tackles, including a career-best 20 vs. Florida… His 20 tackles vs. Florida rank second on the LSU single-game chart, equaling the total that Rudy Harmon (1988) and Toby Caston (1986) produced, and one short of the school-record 21 posted by Al Richardson vs. South Carolina in 1982. His 17 solo tackles at Florida were the most by anyone in college football during the 2012 season and the most in a single-game in LSU history, bettering the previous mark of 15 set by Ali Highsmith (2007), Trev Faulk (2000) and Charles Smith (1999)…Minter followed that with another outstanding effort vs. Texas A&M with 12 tackles, one sack, an interception and two quarterback hurries as the Tigers shut down eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the 24-19 LSU win. Minter led an LSU defense vs. Texas A&M that held Manziel to a season-low 27 yards rushing. The Tigers forced Manziel to throw three interceptions and held him without a passing or rushing touchdown for the only time all year. Minter was named National Defensive Player of the Week by three organizations for his performance vs. the Aggies…Led the team with nine stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Towson…Tallied nine tackles and two pass break-ups in a win over Washington… Posted eight tackles, including two for losses vs. Mississippi State…Tied for the team lead with seven tackles vs. Alabama, and he added a pass deflection and QB pressure vs. the Tide…Racked up nine tackles and one QB hurry vs. South Carolina… Other double-figure tackle games came vs. Ole Miss (11) and Arkansas (10) before closing out his career with 19 tackles, 1.5 stops for loss and a sack vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The 19 tackles were an LSU Bowl Game record and ties for eighth in college football bowl game history.

 

2011 SEASON

Minter took over middle linebacker duties as a sophomore, recording 61 tackles (21 solos), including a 7-yard sack and 3.5 stops for losses of 15 yards…Deflected a pass, caused one fumble and recovered one in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Mississippi, as he also made five tackles vs. the Rebels…Notched his first career sack for a loss of seven yards and finished with five tackles in the BCS Championship Game vs. Alabama…Set a season-high with eleven tackles vs. Western Kentucky…Forced a fumble and delivered six tackles vs. Florida…Posted six more stops, including a tackle for a loss vs. Kentucky…Made his first career start vs. Oregon and produced four tackles including a half tackle for a loss.

 

2010 SEASON

Minter played in eleven games behind Kelvin Shepherd at middle linebacker, finishing with fifteen tackles (five solos)…Made his collegiate debut vs. North Carolina as he recorded six stops, including four solo tackles.

 

2009 SEASON

Minter red-shirted as a true freshman in 2009…Graduated from high school early and enrolled at LSU in January 2009…Participated in spring practice prior to his true freshman season in 2009.

 

INJURY REPORT

Minter has dealt with cramps on occasion, including missing time vs. Florida this past fall. However, has suffered no significant injuries that we are currently aware of and has appeared in all 38 games he suited up for during the past three seasons.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.59 in the 40-yard dash…1.64 10-yard dash…2.63 20-yard dash…4.09 20-yard shuttle…

7.11 three-cone drill…33-inch vertical jump…9’11” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…585-pound squat…340-pound power clean…32-inch arm length…

9 3/8-inch hands…77 7/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Minter attended Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Ballard…Class 5A first-team All-State selection as a senior…In 2008, he made 113 tackles while playing in only ten games, helping lead the team to the state the playoffs before suffering an injury that kept him out of their run to the Class 5A state champion-ship…Had been a defensive end during his first two seasons at the school, combining for 154 tackles as a freshman and sophomore…Moved to middle linebacker as a junior, leading the team with 137 tackles while also collecting six sacks…That performance earned him Class 5A All-State honorable mention and first-team All-District and All-County accolades…Received a four-star prospect grade according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com…Was a five-star prospect in the Sports Illustrated Takkle Top 200 list and rated as the 15th-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep…Rivals.com regarded him as the 17th-best inside linebacker in the nation, while Scout.com placed him fourth among the country’s middle linebackers…Rated the seventh-best player in the state of Georgia by Super Prep, as Rivals placed him 23rd on their Georgia Top 50 squad…Garnered Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 honors as a senior team captain.

 

PERSONAL

Graduated in December, 2012, with a degree in General Studies and was a member of the 2012 SEC Athletic Directors Honor Roll…Son of Willie May Hollis and Leonard Minter… Born Kevin Christopher Minter on 12/03/90…Resides in Suwanee, Georgia.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 11 00 015 005 010  00  00  0-0  00.0-00   00  0.0-00    00
2011 14 14 061 021 040  01  01  0-0  03.5-15   01  1.0-07    00
2012 13 13 130 055 075  00  01  1-4  15.0-52   05  4.0-29    04
TOTAL 38 27 206 081 125  01  02  1-4  18.5-68   06  5.0-36    04

 

MINTER GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Texas 09/01/12 North Texas 41-14

Yes

0

0

0

6

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Washington 09/08/12 Washington 41-3

Yes

0

0

0

4

5

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

Idaho 09/15/12 Idaho 63-14

Yes

0

0

0

4

2

1

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 09/22/12 at Auburn 12-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Towson 09/29/12 Towson 38-22

Yes

0

0

0

8

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/06/12 at Florida 6-14

Yes

0

0

0

3

17

0

3

17

0

2

16

0

1

0

South Carolina 10/13/12 South Carolina 23-21

Yes

0

0

0

8

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Texas A&M 10/20/12 at Texas A&M 24-19

Yes

1

4

0

6

6

0

1

7

0

1

7

1

0

2

Alabama 11/03/12 Alabama 17-21

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Mississippi St. 11/10/12 Mississippi St. 37-17

Yes

0

0

0

4

4

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/17/12 Ole Miss 41-35

Yes

0

0

0

7

4

2

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/23/12 at Arkansas 20-13

Yes

0

0

0

9

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Clemson 12/31/12 Clemson 24-25

Yes

0

0

0

12

7

1

1

7

0

1

6

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

4

0

75

55

8

11

52

0

4

29

5

1

4

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Oregon 09/03/11 Oregon 40-27

Yes

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern St. 09/10/11 Northwestern St. 49-3

Yes

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/15/11 at Mississippi St. 19-6

Yes

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/24/11 at West Virginia 47-21

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/01/11 Kentucky 35-7

Yes

0

0

0

5

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/08/11 Florida 41-11

Yes

0

0

0

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Tennessee 10/15/11 at Tennessee 38-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/22/11 Auburn 45-10

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/05/11 at Alabama 9-6

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Western Ky. 11/12/11 Western Ky. 42-9

Yes

0

0

0

8

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/19/11 at Ole Miss 52-3

Yes

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/25/11 Arkansas 41-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 12/03/11 Georgia 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Alabama 01/09/12 Alabama 0-21

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

Season Totals

0

0

1

40

21

1

3

15

0

1

7

1

1

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Carolina 09/04/10 North Carolina 30-24

Yes

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/11/10 at Vanderbilt 27-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/18/10 Mississippi St. 29-7

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/25/10 West Virginia 20-14

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/02/10 Tennessee 16-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/09/10 at Florida 33-29

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

McNeese St. 10/16/10 McNeese St. 32-10

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/23/10 at Auburn 17-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/06/10 Alabama 24-21

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

La.-Monroe 11/13/10 La.-Monroe 51-0

Yes

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 11/20/10 Mississippi 43-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/27/10 at Arkansas 23-31

Yes

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 01/07/11 Texas A&M 41-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

10

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

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