See ball, get ball.

Michael Divinity spent so much of his football career playing with that mentality.

An outside linebacker his entire life, Divinity’s job — during youth football, high school and last year as a freshman at LSU — was to seek the ball immediately after the snap.

See ball, get ball.

If a quarterback drops back, he rushes the quarterback. If he hands to the running back, he chases the running back. If he flips the ball on a sweep to a slot receiver, he darts for the slot receiver.

See ball, get ball.

“Playing outside all of my life,” Divinity said, “all I know is, as soon as the ball is snapped, go and get it.”

His approach is changing now because his position has, at least temporarily, changed.

Coaches moved Divinity to inside linebacker this spring, shifting him from his outside linebacker role to the middle man of the LSU defense.

“As soon as I see the ball, I can’t run,” said Divinity, a former John Ehret star who played in nine game as a rookie in 2016. “I have to be more patient.”

Divinity isn’t afraid to admit that the primary reason for this move is the lack of depth inside. In fact, Divinity is in line to start opposite Devin White in LSU’s spring game April 22, White said earlier this week. Donnie Alexander will miss the final two practices of spring and the spring game while recovering from shoulder surgery, set for this Friday.

For Divinity, this is a shot to learn a position that’s used more than his old spot. The two inside linebackers in coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme play more than the F-linebacker position, an outside linebacker spot that’s only used in a four-defensive back base defense.

LSU predominantly plays in the nickel formation with five DBs, as college football’s offense has evolved into a pass-happy spread game. Against pro-style offenses like Arkansas and Wisconsin, Divinity found himself on the field last year. Against most everyone else, he was watching from the sideline.

“I was a little down about it,” Divinity said in his first interview since joining the team last January, “but I’ve got to understand this is what comes with playing this position. I’ve got to learn other positions and try to get on the field with my teammates.”

He’s in the midst of that now while playing immediately behind Alexander at the Mack inside linebacker position, the spot Kendell Beckwith manned for the last two and a half seasons.

Aranda told him about the position move before the start of spring practice March 11. He admits to being “shocked” at the news. He's not accustomed to being patient in life, let alone on the football field.

“Playing inside, I have to react slower, have to time things,” Divinity said. “As soon as I see the ball, I can’t run. I might have the B gap and it opens up as soon as I try to shoot it, (and) the guard might tip me if I’m out of my gap and it’s a big run.”

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