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In an interview with Jenny Vrentas with, former Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. had some great things to say about former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins who he played against many time on the field:

VRENTAS: After LSU’s pro day last week, left tackle La’el Collins told reporters to watch his film against Florida last year, because he felt like he held his own against you. Who got the best of that matchup?

FOWLER: That’s a bloodbath right there, me and La’el. We are cool with each other; we are good friends. I keep in contact with him. At the end of the day, I feel like that’s going to be my rival for my whole career, because he’s going to make his name for himself and he’s going to be a great offensive tackle.

I actually knew who he was coming out of high school. He was a year above me, and I remember he was [one of the top] tackles coming out of high school. From watching his highlight tape, I knew he was nasty. My sophomore year, we went to Baton Rouge and played against LSU, and I’m not going to lie, I got my butt whooped. That was one of my worst games just because of how I got tossed around. So I spent the whole last summer getting ready for La’el, I ain’t going to lie to you. I knew I was going to run into some pretty decent tackles, but the main motivation was from him getting after me my sophomore year. I had it marked on my calendar the day after my sophomore game. That whole week leading up to the game, it felt like it was a year.

Saturday finally came, and I was a captain, and he was a captain, too. It felt like we were about to do a boxing match. The whole coin toss, when the referees were talking, I was staring him down and he was staring me down. So I already knew what I was getting myself into, and he knew what he was getting himself into. We went at it that game; we went at it like some bulls. I had some wins, and I had some losses. That’s just how it goes when the best of the best are playing against each other.
You can read Vrentas' full article here.
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SpartyGator111 months
Dante fowler :bow:
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adono111 months
Like others have said, this guy gets it; he acknowledges a challenge and goes about preparing for it. Great attitude and even better sportsmanship.
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barry111 months
It's incredibly refreshing to see a player with some self awareness, sounds like he will be great at whatever he does.
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ShlikStyck111 months
Nope, never. It's that bad.
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Play_Neck111 months
Hell yea. Love when it just comes down to a good battle and everyone knows it.
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lsusteve1111 months
Nice read
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LSU 318 LSU111 months
This makes me respect Fowler that much more now. He could have easily only talked about the times when he beat La'el. Great respect for both players.
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AnotherRound111 months
Wow, that is a great respect for La'el.
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