LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft.
Minter, a native of Suwanee, Ga., was named LSU's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season.
The star linebacker was named a Butkus Award Finalist this year. He also made the Sports Illustrated All-America First-Team, and was named to the second team Associated Press, Walter Camp and Scout.com All-American Teams.
Minter led the team with 130 tackles in 2012 which also ranks as the fifth-highest total in LSU history, while he is tied for ninth with 15.0 tackles for loss. He also had 4.0 sacks and four quarterback hurries.
Minter wrapped up his junior year by earning the defensive MVP honors in the Chick-fil-A Bowl which stemmed from an incredible 19 tackle performance against Clemson.
Minter also had outstanding performances against Florida and Texas A&M garnering him Defensive Player of the Week awards from several organizations. His 20 tackles in the Florida game rank as the second-most in a single-game in school history.
Minter and the Tiger defense forced three interceptions from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and kept him from scoring either a passing or rushing touchdown for the only time all year.
Minter is rated the number two or three linebacker and should be picked somewhere between the 29th and 33rd pick in the NFL Draft.
Minter completed his LSU career with 206 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. He played in 38 games, starting 24 times.
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