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LSU awards tracker: Week 1

9/4/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Each week, we track how the LSU Tigers on various national awards watch lists are doing. Here's how they did in Saturday's 41-14 win over North Texas.

DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Rotary Lombardi Award): Mingo wreaked havoc with six tackles, one for loss and a quarterback hurry against a team desperately trying to avoid him. He didn't get the sacks he'll need to win national awards, though.

DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Rotary Lombardi Award): The biggest shocker Saturday was that Montgomery was not in the starting lineup, coming off the bench for senior Lavar Edwards. He played plenty but didn't register any statistics, which won't help his cause.

S Eric Reid (Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award): The only returning starter had the stats of an award-winner with seven tackles, an interception and a pass broken up. He also blew coverage on a couple of touchdowns, but that will be forgiven if he keeps creating turnovers.

C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington Award): The LSU offensive line churned out 316 yards rushing and 508 yards total, more than it it gained in any game last season. That can't hurt the candidacy of a player in the middle of the offensive line.

TE Chase Clement (Mackey Award): The senior had a quiet debut as the Tigers' new starter with one catch for four yards. He was more helpful opening holes for a pair of 100-yard rushers.

K Drew Alleman (Lou Groza Award): He was 2-for-3 on field goals, but he missed a relative chippy from 34 yards out. He made field goals of 44 and 30 yards. He as also perfect on five PAT attempts.

P Brad Wing (Ray Guy Award): He didn't play because of a hamstring injury and his status for Week 2 against Washington is questionable.

OT Chris Faulk (Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award): Helped spearhead the dominant rushing game. Two sacks of Zach Mettenberger hurt a little.

OT Alex Hurst (Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award): The sacks hurt Hurst more because they came from his side of the line. Overall, it was a solid outing.

DT Bennie Logan (Outland Trophy): He had three assisted tackles and batted down a pass. A solid, but not spectacular debut.

LB Kevin Minter (Butkus Award): He had six tackles, one for loss. Like Logan, the performance was solid, but not spectacular.

Others who impressed: RBs Kenny Hilliard (13-141 with two touchdowns) and Alfred Blue (16-123) took steps toward getting Doak Walker Award notice. WR Jarvis Landry (eight receptions, 82 yards) made progress toward getting on the Biletnikoff Award list with two spectacular catches, a one-handed grab for 19-yards, and a fully-extended diving grab of a 33-yard deep ball.