the trouble with reading bios and then pretending that you watched the games is that you get it wrong. Hatcher didn't start against Oregon, and apparently Chavis did look back because he started Hatcher in week 7 against Tennessee. But go on.
Yeah, forgot Minter got the start in the opener. Didn't play great, if I recall.
Tennessee scored seven. Meaning in the three games Hatcher started, LSU gave up 16 points and one touchdown.
Of course, you'll draw the wrong conclusion from that observation. No, Hatcher did not put the defense on his back those three games and carry it to a great performance. But by the same token, starting Hatcher over Minter for those three games certainly did not hurt the defense's result and may have helped with the development of Minter. There was probably a good reason why Chief started Hatcher in those games and we may never really know what it is because nobody's going to throw Kevin under the bus to tell it.
I'm not suggesting he did anything wrong. Maybe it was simply a lesson the importance of the play-calling roll of the MLB. Maybe it was about the work habits Chief expected from his MLB.
The point is. Chief has his reasons to start Hatcher and to start Welter now (at least in the spring). To assume it's just a blind spot or blind loyalty to a particular player is just kind of dumb.