- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- How LSU players on awards watch lists have fared through seven games:
DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Leads one of the nation's best defenses in both sacks (4) and tackles for loss (8.5), making him a viable candidate with big games coming up where he can make a national splash.
DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Has just two sacks, but is always applying pressure with eight quarterback hurries. With a couple of big performances in upcoming big games, he could get back into the picture.
FS Eric Reid (Bednarik, Nagurski): A crucial interception against South Carolina adds to his big-play resume. Has two interceptions and is third on the team with 39 tackles.
C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington): LSU rushed for 258 yards against South Carolina, a departure from recent O-line troubles. If the line continues to excel in the second half, Lonergan could climb into the picture.
TE Chase Clement (Mackey): A great blocker, his lack of production in the passing game (four receptions) will likely keep him on the outside looking in.
K Drew Alleman (Lou Groza): He's 11-for-15 on field goal but has four misses from less than 40 yards, too many for a national award.
P Brad Wing (Ray Guy): His 43.8-yard average is good, but he's coming off the worst game of his career and is looking like more of a longshot.
T Alex Hurst (Outland, Rotary Lombardi): Missed the South Carolina game for personal reasons and his status going forward is unclear.
DT Bennie Logan (Outland): Continues to be good without racking up statistics. He has one sack and 3.5 tackles for loss and is more of a candidate to be drafted high than to get national awards.
LB Kevin Minter (Butkus): LSU's leader in tackles (63) and tackles for loss (8.5) has become a dark-horse candidate for awards.