Barkevious Mingo is one of the most feared pass-rushers in college football, a defensive end with a basketball forward's length and a sprinter's speed.
In person, however, he's personable and quick with a smile, hardly one who exudes the intensity of a search-and-destroy defensive stalwart.
Even with Alabama coming to town this week, he's been his usual nearly jovial self at media gatherings. But just below the surface, one senses something brewing.
"Not just me, but this whole team, we want it bad," Mingo said Tuesday when he was asked about getting revenge on Alabama, which beat the Tigers 21-0 for last year's BCS National Championship.
It was said with typical Mingo ease. But the sincerity came through.
Mingo, after all, is used to winning. He played his high school ball at Louisiana powerhouse West Monroe, the dominant program in Louisiana's largest enrollment class, reaching the state championship game as a senior.
After redshirting for a year at LSU then playing as a reserve in his redshirt freshman year, Mingo helped the Tigers reach the BCS Championship Game, only to lose again.
For Mingo, getting to a championship game hasn't been a problem. Winning it has. He might only have one more shot at it if he departs for the NFL after this season. And only if the Tigers can win in Tuscaloosa.