Jacques Talk - Teuhema seizes opportunity

Published: Sep. 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU was hardly playing an SEC powerhouse last Saturday night in newly expanded Tiger Stadium, but true freshman defensive end Sione Teuhema certainly made the most of his chances against Sam Houston State.

Teuhema had two crushing quarterback sacks and four tackles in the fourth quarter alone, as the Tigers rolled to the 56-0 rout.

"He's got a motor," LSU sophomore LB Kendell Beckwith said. "He's got a real good motor. He plays hard and physical. He's going to be the real deal."

LSU sophomore defensive back Tre'Davious White certainly agreed with Beckwith's assessment.

"A motor that doesn't stop," White added. "He gives his all at practice each and every day. He's a guy Coach [Brick] Haley sees a lot in. He's a guy I feel, down the road, can be a big time contributor for us."

LSU junior defensive end Danielle Hunter has done a fine job for the Tigers this year, leading the team in tackles through two games. Hunter likewise sees a bright future for the young Teuhema.

"He's a fast, strong guy," Hunter explained. "He comes off the edge fast. He doesn't think too much, just goes out and plays."

Because he's a true freshman, Teuhema isn't allowed to do interviews with the media. However, his play may do some more talking this weekend against UL-Monroe. The No. 10 Tigers are a 32-point favorite to beat the Warhawks, so perhaps LSU head coach Les Miles can get the 6'4", 232-pounder some meaningful playing time if the game is a blowout.

"He's going to be a great player man," LSU junior LB Kwon Alexander said. "He showed me a lot. I see him in practice making plays. He's got some speed on him."

Kickoff for the Tigers and Warhawks is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Death Valley. The game will be shown on ESPNU.

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