- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- How LSU players on awards watch lists have fared through five games:
DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Slowed by an early ankle injury, Mingo has a nuisance for offenses but doesn't have a lot of statistics to show for it. He has just one quarterback sack and two tackles for loss, but leads the team with seven quarterback hurries.
DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Leads LSU with 6.5 tackles for loss to with two sacks, three quarterback hurries. One of his tackles for loss was for a safety. Has been a consistently disruptive force.
FS Eric Reid (Bednarik, Nagurski): Quietly solid with 26 tackles, one for loss, to go with an interception and three passes broken up.
C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington): He missed one game because of injury, but LSU's solid rushing numbers (second in the SEC at 229.6 yards per game) help his cause.
TE Chase Clement (Mackey): Caught a season-long 27-yard pass against Towson, but it was just the third of the year for a tight end who remains more effective in LSU's running game than as a receiver.
K Drew Alleman (Groza): Missed a 51-yard field goal against Towson, giving him more misses (three) than he had all of 2011. Not that 6-for-9 on field goals is terrible, just not the same level as 2011.
P Brad Wing (Ray Guy): Averaging 45.2 yards per punt on 20 attempts, including nine inside the 20-yard line, second most in the SEC. But he also has more touchbacks (4) than any SEC punter.
OT Alex Hurst (Outland, Rotary Lombardi): Showed his versatile value to his team by shifting from right tackle to left tackle in the Towson game. LSU's trouble protecting the quarterback (11 sacks) will hurt even if many of the sacks aren't his fault.
DT Bennie Logan (Outland): The junior has 16 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. He lacks a quarterback sack, which hurts with voters.
LB Kevin Minter (Butkus): Leads LSU with 34 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and has three passes broken up. He's putting together a solid season.
Another of note: DT Anthony Johnson could enter the Outland Trophy picture if he continues to produce. On a star-studded LSU defensive line, the sophomore has the most tackles (19) despite only starting the last three games. He is also second in tackles for loss (5.5, tied with Minter) and has 1.5 sacks.
5dSam Khan Jr.