04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 24. MLB Kevin Minter, LSU (6-0, 246, 4JR)...Minter is an aggressive thumper and physical presence against the run with enough range to make plays near the sideline but has some holes in pass coverage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Kevin Minter, ILB (6-0, 245) - Minter ran a 4.67-and 4.72-second 40-yard dash. He looked steady in positional drills and recorded a 34 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.49-second short shuttle and a 7.39-second three-cone drill. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Linebacker Kevin Minter ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at the combine but was able to improve that number to 4.67 on Wednesday, adding a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 7.37 three-cone drill and 4.47 short shuttle. The potential first-round pick also looked smooth in linebacker drills and only helped his case to be the first player chosen in the draft at his position, ahead of other middle linebackers like Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 27 - USC, LSU...LSU has double-digit prospects who could hear their name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, several of which didn't work out at the combine, including offensive tackle Chris Faulk and running back and Spencer Ware. It will also be an opportunity for possible first-round picks like Barkevious Mingo and Kevin Minter to improve their results from Indianapolis. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: Since taking over for now-Buffalo Bills incumbent starting inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard as LSU's starter two years ago, Minter has proven to be a standout. Though at times overshadowed by all of the talent at LSU, Minter was the team's most consistent defender and in 2012 enjoyed one of the greatest seasons from any inside linebacker in school history, recording 130 tackles, including 15 for loss in becoming a consensus All-American and Butkus Award finalist. Before a team is willing to invest a first round pick on him, however, they'll certainly want to get accurate measurements. Should Minter register close to the prototypical 6-2, 245 pound build LSU listed him at in 2012, the first round is where he's likely to wind up. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 1. LSU: The Tigers lost a staggering number of good players who are leaving Baton Rouge early. In all, if you include Tyrann Mathieu, who would technically be a senior in 2013, LSU loses 11 players and five of those guys figure to be among the first two rounds in the April NFL Draft: Sam Montgomery, Keke Mingo, Eric Reid, Bennie Logan and Kevin Minter. The Tigers defense also loses rangy CB Tharold Simon and, of course, Mathieu. The departees, if you also add in the stats of outgoing punter Brad Wing and Michael Ford, accounted for 388 tackles, 43 TFLs and 16.5 sacks, and that's just from the guys who had eligibility remaining. Also gone, OT Chris Faulk and running backs Spencer Ware and Ford. Tiger sources say almost all of the departures were expected. An exception: Minter, who proved to be a revelation in 2012 and had 130 tackles and 15 TFLs, 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. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/03/2013 - Kevin Minter emerged as the Most Valuable Player on LSU's football, earned numerous awards and collected his degree this past season. That left little left for the linebacker to accomplish individually in college, so Minter announced Thursday that he would forgo his senior season with the Tigers and enter the NFL draft in April.
"When you're hot, you're hot," said Minter, who added that he has signed with agent Joel Segal, which results in him forfeiting his final year of eligibility. "You never know what is going to happen from year to year," Minter said. "I had confidence that I would play well next season, but I had to make the decision that was best for my family. I talked with my family (Wednesday), and we decided this was the best fit for us. The best time was right now to take the next step in my life."
Minter said preliminary information from the NFL projected him as a third-round draft choice, though he will have opportunities to further impress NFL evaluators at the NFL Combine and LSU's Pro Day before the draft. - Les East, The Advocate
01/03/2013 - LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter has opted to forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL Draft, he announced on Thursday. Minter, a native of Suwanee, Ga., just finished one of the most productive seasons for a Tiger defender in school history, racking up 130 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and four quarterback hurries. His 130 tackles in 2012 rank as the fifth-highest total in school history, while the 15.0 tackles for loss ties for ninth in LSU history.
Minter earned first team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012 and was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the top linebacker in college football. Minter, who was named LSU's most valuable player in 2012, was also a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection and was twice named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Minter had a breakout game against Florida, recording 20 tackles, including a school-record 17 solo stops. The 20 tackles rank as the second-most in a single-game in LSU history.
Minter followed that with another outstanding effort against 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 against Texas A&M that held Manziel to a season-low 27 yards rushing. The Tigers also forced Manziel to throw three interceptions and held him without a passing or rushing touchdown for the only time all year. - LSU football
01/03/2013 - LSU redshirt junior Kevin Minter has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad. Minter ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 inside linebacker prospect, behind only Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. He appears in my first-round mock draft, projected to go 29th to the Houston Texans.
A first team All-SEC performer, Minter emerged as one of the top leaders of the LSU defense in 2012 and one of only four SEC defenders to record triple-digit tackles, finishing with 111 stops. He also led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, adding three sacks, five pass break-ups and an interception.
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. While Te'o appears to be the consensus top prospect at his position, it wouldn't be surprising if some teams rank Minter as the better inside linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kevin Minter has emerged as a leader on a defense featuring several more-heralded players. He rarely comes off the field and will be a key to slowing down the running game and dropping into pass coverage. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: LB - Kevin Minter, junior, LSU...Minter had a breakout junior season, leading the Tigers in tackles with 111 while ranking third in the Southeastern Conference in that category. In addition, the Suwanee, Ga., native was tops on the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 to go along with three sacks and five pass breakups. - LSU football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: LB Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2 245 Jr., Suwanee, GA...Minter had a breakout junior season, leading the Tigers in tackles with 111 while ranking third in the Southeastern Conference in that category. In addition, the Suwanee, Ga., native was tops on the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 to go along with three sacks and five pass breakups. - LSU football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB - Kevin Minter, LSU, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Minter leads the team and ranks third in the SEC in total tackles with 111, and he also leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference in tackles for loss with 13.5. - LSU football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): LB - Kevin Minter, LSU, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Minter leads the team and ranks third in the SEC in total tackles with 111, and he also leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference in tackles for loss with 13.5. - LSU football
11/21/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S BEST LINEBACKER): Kevin Minter, LSU (Jr.)...In 11 games this year, Minter has recorded a team-high 101 tackles and been name the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week two times. In addition to his 101 tackles, Minter leads the Tigers with 13.5 tackles for loss to go along with 3.0 sacks, five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, one interception and one force fumble. Minter had 20 tackles, including a school-record 17 solo stops, in a 14-6 loss to Florida as he earned his first SEC Player of the Week honor. The 20 tackles rank as the second highest total in school history and the most for an LSU player since 1988.
Minter earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his performance against Texas A&M when the Tigers limited Johnny Manziel, a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, to just 27 rushing yards to go with three interceptions. Minter had 12 tackles, one sack, an interception, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup in the 24-19 win over the Aggies. - LSU football
10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Minter, LSU, Junior, Linebacker, Suwanee, GA/Peachtree Ridge...LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter totaled 12 tackles, two quarterback hurries. one quarterback sack, one interception and broke up one pass as the 6th-ranked Tigers came-from-behind to defeat 20th-ranked Texas A&M, 24-19. With the victory, LSU improved to 7-1, 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU...Minter led the Tigers with 12 tackles, including a sack (-7 yards), an interception, one pass deflection and two quarterback pressures in LSU's 24-19 win at Texas A&M...He led a Tiger defense that held the Aggies - the SEC's top scoring offense - to 28 points below their season average. Tigers alsoheld the SEC's leading rusher - QB Johnny Manziel - to just 27 yards on 17 attempts and no touchdowns for the first time this season...Minter's 3rd quarter interception halted an A&M drive in LSU territory...For the game, the Tiger defense forced five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles). - SEC football
10/10/2012 - 10/10/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: After becoming a starter last season, LSU middle linebacker Kevin Minter was expected to take over more of a leadership role in 2012, especially after Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the program. Minter has had some ups and downs through the first five games, but he had a statement performance in Gainesville on Saturday, despite the loss. He finished with 20 tackles (17 solo stops), 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble, all personal bests for a single game. Minter was a force between the tackles and showed some range making plays at each sideline and in the backfield. He fills run lanes with authority and hits like a truck, flashing natural strength throughout his frame. Minter plays with excellent fight with strong and active hands, showing the ability to quickly stack and shed at the point. He was extremely productive despite missing spending several plays in the locker room due to cramps, battling through the pain. Minter uses his eyes well to diagnose the play, but still has room to improve in certain areas, especially in his tackling as he often throws his shoulder or tries to rip the ball out at the expense of finishing the tackle. Still only a junior, Minter will continue to grow and took a big step in a tough road test in Gainesville. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU: Minter tallied 20 total tackles including a school-record 17 solo stops in the Tigers' 14-6 loss at Florida...He had three tackles for loss (-17 yards), including two sacks (-16 yards) and a forced fumble...The 20 total tackles is an SEC-best this season. - SEC football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kevin Minter, LSU, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Minter is LSU's veteran linebacker. The junior has tallied 76 tackles in two seasons and he started 11 games as a sophomore. - LSU football