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Barksdale's family will be in the house
Barksdale's family will be in the house
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Posted Nov 17, 2010

Joe Barksdale came out of Cass Tech High in Michigan as a five-star prospect and the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country. He enrolled early and switched to right tackle, where he backed up Carnell Stewart. On Saturday, lined up at left tackle, Barksdale will play in his final home game.

Joe Barksdale, now in his fourth year out of Cass Tech High in Detroit, Mich., said his career at LSU seems like it has flashed by…

“It does. I was on the phone with my mom and this will be the first game they have come to since my freshman year here. We were talking about it last night how a couple of years ago I was just a freshman on the bench, and not it’s my last home game. It definitely flies.”


What will he do different before this game, which will be his final night in Death Valley?

“I am going to hug my mom before the game. I have never been able to do that before.”


What he’s looking forward to most…

“Trying to end with a win. My last high school game we lost, and I am still thinking about that. I want my last game in Tiger Stadium to be a win.”


His thoughts on how the young guys have filled in for injuries on the line…

“They have done tremendously well. Even from being in that situation, they did better than I did when I was called on to fill in for hurt guys. I commend those guys for that. If it wasn’t for the Greg Shaws and Chris Faulks, then we probably wouldn’t have won as many games as we did. People don’t realize, but the line is a very integral part of the offense. If we aren’t clicking on all cylinders, we can’t move.


How he knows they have been better than he ever was…

“The preparation they have done, as well as looking at them on film. They look like they have been there before.”


Does the Ole Miss loss in 2009 still sting?

“A lot. I definitely haven’t forgotten about it. I didn’t look ahead of the schedule to Ole Miss. I stay one week at a time. But now that we are at Ole Miss, I saw the film from last year and I am looking to correct mistakes.”


Was that loss more painful than others during his time at LSU?

“Any loss is painful to me. It doesn’t matter if we lose by 20 or lose by 1. I don’t like losing.”


Barksdale said that after the debacle in Oxford, Miss., the team and coaching staff has put a greater focus on final-minute situations…

“We definitely worked a lot more on clock management drills.”


Barksdale said that while a National Championship game appearance is far-fetched, the hope remains alive with the players…

“In the back of our minds we (consider ourselves NC contenders). We like to stay optimistic. If we don’t win this game, we aren’t contending for anything. In the back of our minds we keep hope, just like 2007, but right now we are just focusing on Ole Miss.”


In 2007, Barksdale said that there was only one moment where he thought that a National Championship was out of the picture…

“When we lost to Arkansas that was a pretty big blow to everybody. Then I remember on the way back from the SEC Championship the pilot announced that the teams that needed to lose lost. It was crazy.”



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