Saturday’s win by LSU over the Florida Gators saw the return of the legendary great Tiger defense as the Gators were kept out of the end zone for the first time since 1979 in the series vs. their SEC rival. In a game with a number of bright spots none was as bright as the play of sophomore defensive end, Danielle Hunter who took home the honor of being the SEC defensive lineman of the week.
Hunter finished with seven tackles, two pass deflections and was a constant agitator along the LSU front four in limiting the Gators to 3.5 yards per play as quarterback Tyler Murphy struggled all afternoon. The 6-6 defensive end can use this breakout game as a launching pad for the second half of this season and be a force along the edge where the Tigers are relatively stout with Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson at tackle.
After arriving on campus as a former four-star recruit, Hunter saw his action come on special teams as a freshman, but with the early departures of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, a spot was open for him opposite Jermauria Rasco at end.
Hunter has 32 tackles on the season and will look to pick up his first sack of his career when LSU travels to Ole Miss on Saturday night to take on the Rebels at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.