8 Tigers on AP's All-SEC Football teams
BATON ROUGE — LSU placed eight Tigers on the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football teams, including two on the first team, the AP announced Monday.
LSU’s eight total selections ranks as the second-most in the conference behind Alabama’s nine. Florida is third with seven players, followed by Georgia with six.
Junior linebacker Kevin Minter and junior safety Eric Reid earned First-Team All-SEC honors on defense, while Bennie Logan, Craig Loston, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery received Second-Team All-SEC recognition.
La’el Collins and Josh Dworaczyk were named Honorable Mention All-SEC.
It marks the second career honor for Reid, Mingo and Montgomery. Both Reid and Mingo were named to the AP All-SEC second team last season while Montgomery was a member of the first team.
The All-SEC honor is the first for Minter, Collins, Dworaczyk, Logan and Loston.
Minter led the team and ranked third in the SEC in total tackles with 111, the most in a season by a Tiger since Kelvin Sheppard had 116 in 2010.
Minter also led the team and ranked fourth in the conference in tackles for loss with 13½.
A member of the 2012 American Football Coaches’ Association All-America team, Reid ranks third on the team with 81 tackles to go along with two interceptions and six pass breakups in 12 starts this season.
Logan has started 11 games and compiled 36 tackles, including 5 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks at defensive tackle.
Loston ranks second in the SEC in interception return yards with 103 on three picks this season, including a school-record tying 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Mississippi State.
Mingo led the team with 12 quarterback hurries and registered 33 tackles this season, including 5½ tackles for a loss and 4 sacks.
Montgomery recorded team-best 7 sacks to go along with 12 tackles for a loss and 32 total stops.
In his first full season as a starter on the offensive line, Collins led the Tigers in snaps played, with 789, and total knockdowns, with 58½, from his left guard position.
Dworaczyk made nine starts at left tackle, earning 28 knockdowns in 653 total snaps. He anchored an offensive line that led LSU to 179.9 rushing yards a game, fifth-most in the SEC.
The Coaches All-SEC Team will be released today, while the SEC individual awards will be released Wednesday and the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team will be announced Thursday.
No. 7 LSU will face No. 13 Clemson in a battle of 10-2 Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome, and the game will be televised by ESPN.