Tuesday, September 18, 2012
LSU Awards Tracker: Week 3
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Here's how LSU players on post-season awards watch lists are doing through three games:
DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Did not start vs. Idaho because of an ankle injury, but did play limited snaps. He has yet to record a sack this season.
DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Has just one sack, but has been disruptive behind the line with 2.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries to go with seven tackles.
S Eric Reid (Bednarik, Nagurski): Quietly solid start with 13 tackles, an interception and three passes broken up.
C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington): Did not start against Idaho as LSU looked to limit his snaps to rest a nagging injury (he did play in a reserve role). He should return to his starting role Saturday against Auburn.
TE Chase Clement (Mackey): Hasn't had a catch since the first game, but he's helped the Tigers maintain a physical identity in the running game.
K Drew Alleman (Lou Groza): He remained 4-for-5 on field goals for the season after a penalty killed his only attempt against Idaho because it knocked him out of range. He made all nine of his extra points and is 19-for-19 on the season.
P Brad Wing (Ray Guy): A front-runner for the award, Wing is averaging 48.6 yards per punt, with three 50-plus yarders and four inside the 20 in eight attempts.
OT Alex Hurst (Outland, Rotary Lombardi): LSU leads the SEC in rushing and yards per carry, and that helps the Tigers' right tackle.
DT Bennie Logan (Outland): Has 11 tackles, 1.5 for loss, with a pass broken up and a quarterback hurry in what's been a typically solid performance so far.
LB Kevin Minter (Butkus Award): An emerging star, Minter leads LSU in tackles (21), tackles for loss (3) and is tied with Reid for the lead in passes broken up (3).
Others who impressed: RBs Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue both have a pair of 100-yard rushing games and could make themselves Doak Walker Award candidates with sustained success.