LSU freshmen ready to contribute

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POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:57pm

Regardless of playing time, every rookie on the LSU Tiger football roster will have a role.

“I want to play but I want to support team also. If that means I have to sit out I can sit back and wait,” freshman Greg Gilmore said.

At 300-plus pounds Gilmore looks the part. He resembles many other defensive linemen that made a stop in Baton Rouge before moving on the NFL.

“It's a pipeline here and they keep them coming in and out,” he added

It’s tough to find the field as a freshman. That's certainly what Jeryl Brazil is trying to do. The question for the former Loranger star is will he play on offense, defense or both.

“I just would like to be a contributor on offense and defense. I’d love to be on offense and show what I can really do with the ball,” Brazil said at LSU’s Media Day.

Typically, true freshmen aren’t counted on to win many games at the quarterback spot in the SEC. Anthony Jennings is one play away from having to do that. He knows how tough that job may be.

“Nerve racking. You have one of the best defensive groups running at you. But you have to make the game slow down for you and stay in the film room and know the offense in and out,” Jennings, a Georgia native, said.

New offensive weapons are looking for their piece of the pie in the new look Tiger “O”.

“I'm not the one to try and get the spotlight or anything but just trying to be a contributor,” freshman wide receiver John Diarse

“Coach Cam loves his tight ends and we are seeing that in practice as we are getting a lot of balls our way,” DeSean Smith added.

No matter how the depth chart shakes out or how the playing time is split up the new faces will be fighting to be the next great Tigers.

“We are all competitors and we are going out there and play hard,” freshmen linebacker Kendell Beckwith added.

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