A few minutes with LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Going through the drill, from left, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (9), defensive end Jordan Allen (98), defensive end Danielle Hunter (94), defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90), defensive tackle Mickey Johnson (96) and defensive tackle Quentin Thomas (95) as the LSU Tigers have their third preseason practice Wednesday at McClendon Practice Facility in Baton Rouge.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Going through the drill, from left, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (9), defensive end Jordan Allen (98), defensive end Danielle Hunter (94), defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90), defensive tackle Mickey Johnson (96) and defensive tackle Quentin Thomas (95) as the LSU Tigers have their third preseason practice Wednesday at McClendon Practice Facility in Baton Rouge.

After playing sparingly on defense and regularly on special teams as a true freshman last season, Hunter is primed to have an impact at defensive end this season, coach Les Miles said. Hunter learned as an understudy to Cleveland Browns first-round draft choice Barkevious Mingo last season and Miles said Hunter reminds him of Mingo in some ways. Hunter (whose first name is pronounced “Duh-neel”) talks about having an impact on defense.

The Advocate: You played a lot on special teams last season. Did you learn anything on special teams that you can apply to defense?

Danielle Hunter: I learned the speed of the game on special teams and that carried over to defense.

TA: How many defensive snaps did you play last season?

DH: About 20.

TA: Did that help?

DH: It did, but not as much as it needed to. This spring and camp helped me out a lot more.

TA: Coach Miles has said you’re batting down a lot of passes at the line of scrimmage. Where does that come from?

DH: It’s something I learned from Mingo. l’d watch him in practice, and I developed the habit and started doing it myself.

TA: What’s the key to doing that?

DH: It’s just instinct. I look at the quarterback, and when he throws it, I bat it down.

TA: What else did you learn from Mingo?

DH: All the speed things.

TA: Do you think you’re the same type of player as he is?

DH: He’s faster than I am, but I’m a little more powerful.