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SEC's DLs, LBs strong at combine

February, 21, 2013
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Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis, and other predraft camps. Today: Defensive linemen and linebackers.

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If there's any doubt where LSU will need to replenish its stockpile after the 2012 season, watch the NFL combine. LSU has four defensive linemen scheduled to attend, including at least two who are likely to go in the first round. Add linebacker Kevin Minter and the Tigers will have five players from their front seven at the combine. LSU might have the "DBU" reputation, but perhaps it should be more noted for its defensive line production.

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Beat writer Q&A: GigEmNation's Sam Khan 

October, 19, 2012
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GTN did a question-and-answer session with Sam Khan of GigEmNation. Here are our questions and his answers as LSU and Texas A&M prepare to square off Saturday.

1. Johnny Manziel is starting to enter Heisman Trophy conversations. Are people jumping the gun on him or is "Johnny Football" all that he's being made out to be?

Personally, I think it's worth waiting to see how he plays against a top-10 team like LSU before we start talking Heisman Trophy, but so far, "Johnny Football" is more than advertised. Manziel has tremendous running ability for a quarterback, he can throw it well (though he's still progressing in that area as he grasps the offense), he's confident, fearless, seems to be a natural on-field leader and he can make a game-changing play at any time. In what was his worst performance, a three-turnover day at Ole Miss, he bounced back in the fourth quarter and made big-time throws and runs to help the Aggies come back from a 10-point deficit. It sounds cliche, but people often refer to an 'it' factor sometimes when it comes to great players. So far from what I've seen, I think he has that.

Young LSU line will get to know Moore

October, 16, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Watch tape of Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore and you'll see an assortment of looks.

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Thomas Campbell/US PresswireTexas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore has 8.5 sacks to lead the SEC.
He'll line up on the right side of the line, or maybe on the left. On some plays, he'll be lined up wide of the offensive tackle, others straight up.

On some plays, he'll try to use speed to sprint around the outside shoulder of the tackle. On others, he'll use a quick move and great strength for a 255-pounder to get to the inside of the tackle right into the face of the quarterback.

It's added up to 8.5 sacks -- an SEC best -- in six games for the junior as the Aggies prepare to host LSU on Saturday. He had three sacks against Florida, proof that he didn't accumulate his numbers against the softer teams on the Aggies' schedule.

Asked about Moore, LSU coach Les Miles said, "We're going to be challenged," but quickly added, "as we have in the past."

The Tigers are hoping recent experience with top-flight pass rushers will help the young offensive line contain one of the nation's most disruptive players. In last week's 23-21 win over South Carolina and monster defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, LSU performed well. This week, while much of the attention will be on LSU's ability to defend Aggies dual-threat quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Tigers' ability to contain another elite pass rusher may again prove crucial.

Coming into the South Carolina game, the perception was LSU could not protect its quarterback, with 15 sacks allowed in its first six games. But against the Gamecocks, not only did the Tigers keep quarterback Zach Mettenberger clean (one sack allowed), they battered arguably the best front they've seen to date for 258 rushing yards.

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HOOVER, Ala. -- The 2012 SEC media days All-SEC team was announced Thursday, and LSU led the conference with the most first-team selections with seven. The media has voted for a preseason All-SEC team and predicted the order in which each team would finish since 1992.

It should be noted that the media has only picked the correct SEC champion four times since 1992. Those correct picks were Florida in 1994 and 1995, LSU in 2007 and Florida in 2008.

Here are some notes from the league on the All-SEC team:
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    Daniel Shirey/US PresswireSEC members are expecting big things this season for South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore.

  • The 222 voters is an all-time high for SEC media days. The previous high was 177 voters in 2010.
  • South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was the leading vote-getter this season with 201 of 222 votes. He is the fourth running back in the past six years to be the highest vote-getter (2007 – Darren McFadden, Arkansas; 2008 – Knowshon Moreno, Georgia and Percy Harvin, Florida; 2009 – Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes, Florida; 2010 – Mark Ingram, Alabama; 2011 – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina).
  • Lattimore (2012) and Jeffery (2011) have been the leading vote-getters the last two seasons.
  • Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a three-time member of the SEC media days first team
  • South Carolina has had a sophomore make the media days first team for the third straight season – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE (2012); Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB (2011); Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, DB (2010).
  • Since 2000, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden is the only unanimous selection to the SEC media days All-SEC team, collecting all 80 votes.
  • LSU had the most first-team selections this season with seven. Since 1992, the most players on a first team were nine by Alabama in 2011 and eight by Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009).
  • LSU leads with the most overall selections this season with 13. The total is the second highest ever, behind Alabama’s 16 last season. Prior to last season, Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009) had the most overall selections with 12.
  • LSU is predicted to win the SEC championship by the media for the first time since 2007. It is the second time since 1992 that LSU has been predicted to win the league title. LSU did win the SEC title in 2007 and went on to win the BCS title.

Here is what the complete first team looks like:

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We're putting spring behind us and looking toward the fall with our post-spring power rankings:

1. LSU: The Tigers had one of the best springs around. Things were quiet off the field, and the offense rallied behind quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Coach Les Miles was very impressed with Mettenberger's play and maturity, and expects LSU's offense to be more balanced with him under center. LSU can still use four or five running backs as well. Defensively, the Tigers are stacked once again, especially up front with two potential first-rounders in ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Questions surround the inexperienced linebackers, but Kevin Minter had a tremendous spring in the middle. On paper, LSU is equipped with the talent to make another title run, and gets Alabama at home this year.

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