BATON ROUGE, La. -- The regular season is over and LSU awaits its bowl fate with a 10-2 record and a 6-2, second-place finish in the SEC West. Here are the players who impressed us most.
1. LB Kevin Minter: LSU's middle linebacker finished the season with 111 tackles, and with a decent bowl game, he'll surpass Kelvin Sheppard's 116-tackle 2010 season as the most prolific of the Les Miles era. He's also active in other areas, most notably, with a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss.
2. QB Zach Mettenberger: By the end of the season, LSU had gone from a team that was not a threat to pass to one that could air it out. Mettenberger threw for 2,489 yards, but in the last third of the season, he was throwing at close to a 3,000-yard pace.
3. DE Sam Montgomery: The team leader in sacks (7) and the line's leader in tackles for loss (12), Montgomery didn't have as dominant of a season as he had hoped for, but was still LSU's most productive defensive lineman.
4. FS Eric Reid: The secondary's leader in tackles (81), the junior provided steady play, big hits and leadership as the only returning starter in the Tigers' secondary.
5. OT Josh Dworaczyk: LSU was a better team after Dworaczyk came back from a knee injury halfway through the season and led a makeshift, but effective, offensive line in the season's second half.
6. DT Bennie Logan: Led a stout defensive front with 36 tackles, five for loss. He added a blocked field goal in the season finale against Arkansas.
7. RB Jeremy Hill: In LSU's deep and talented backfield, it was a true freshman who proved to be the leader. He finished with 631 yards and 10 touchdowns on 130 carries.
8. WR Jarvis Landry: The Tigers' most reliable pass-catcher finished with 52 receptions for 536 yards, including the catch of the year for his fourth touchdown of the season, against Arkansas.
9. CB Tharold Simon: At the beginning of the season, opponents would not throw at the junior. At season's end, he had a team-high four interceptions.
10. P Brad Wing: Finished with a 44.8-yard average, an improvement on his brilliant 44.4-yard average as a freshman.