Tuesday, October 9, 2012
LSU Awards Tracker: Week 6
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- How LSU players on awards lists have fared through six games:
DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik, Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi): Has two sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss, but he needs to increase his production in the second half to get back into contention.
DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik, Nagurski, Lombardi): He's been better than his modest statistics (16 tackles, 1 sack, 7 hurries), but he's light years from the production he'll likely need to be an award-winner.
FS Eric Reid (Bednarik, Nagurski): Third on the team with 32 tackles, Reid has had an effective, if quiet, season. It's hard to imagine he'll stay in national awards contention without some eye-catching performances in the second half.
C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington): Any LSU offensive lineman's chances are hurt by the sacks allowed (15) and the Tigers' recent offensive struggles in general.
TE Chase Clement (Mackey): LSU doesn't use its tight ends much in the passing game, so while he's been an effective blocker, it's hard to to see Clement, with four catches for 44 yards, staying in contention.
K Drew Alleman (Groza): His numbers -- 8-for-11 on field goals -- are good, but the percentage is just seventh in the SEC. It's a strong season for SEC kickers.
Punter Brad Wing is fourth in the SEC with a 45.3-yard average and is best at pinning opponents inside the 20.
P Brad Wing (Ray Guy): He's 15th in the nation and fourth in the SEC with a 45.3-yard average and remains the best in the SEC at pinning opponents inside the 20 (12 in 27 punts). A good second half would keep him in strong contention.
T Alex Hurst (Outland, Rotary Lombardi): Took one for the team by moving from the right side to the left side, but on a troubled offensive line, he likely won't remain in awards contention.
DT Bennie Logan (Outland): Another solid player who doesn't accumulate big stats, Logan had 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack, not likely enough to stay in contention for major awards.
LB Kevin Minter (Butkus): Had a Butkus Award performance with 20 tackles, including a school-record 17 solo, against Florida. With 54 tackles and 8.5 for loss, he's a contender.