Baton Rouge, LA - With LSU starting practice for its season opening, Tiger fans can only hope that starting cornerback Tharold Simon plays as big against North Texas as he did in North Texas.
Simon, filling the dismissed Tyrann Mathieu's shoes, is the old man on the field in a secondary full of freshmen and sophomores. The other day head coach Les Miles described Simon as "all that." Jarvis Landry, LSU wide receiver, agrees:
"The whole thing that went down it kind of humbled [Simon], it made him realize that he has an opportunity in front of him and that he has to be a mentor for these younger guys to get them better and get their mind ready for what's about to happen this season.
Simon himself also feels pressure as a team mentor: "I just have to tell myself, I mean, things are going to happen, I just gotta keep preaching to the young ones that ya'll gotta really step up, and I mean they're going to come after you way more than they're going to come after me."