LSU places league-high seven players on Coaches All-SEC First-team

LSU places league-high seven players on Coaches All-SEC First-team
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:44am

LSU led all Southeastern Conference teams with seven players on the preseason Coaches All-SEC first-team and tied Alabama for the most total All-SEC selections with 11, the league office announced Thursday.

The conference released a first, second and third-teams for offense, defense and specialists. The preseason All-SEC team was voted on by the 14 head coaches in the conference, and coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

LSU’s first-team All-SEC players include Alex Hurst on offense, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Reid on defense and Brad Wing and Mathieu on special teams.

The Tigers had three players listed on the second-team and one on the third-team.

Sophomore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., junior offensive tackle Chris Faulk and senior placekicker Drew Alleman were named to the second-team while junior running back Spencer Ware earned a spot on the third-team offense.

Hurst is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, and he is coming off a season in which he earned first-team All-SEC recognition after starting all 14 games and racking up 71.5 knockdowns in 2011.

Montgomery earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 after he led the team with 9.0 sacks and ranked second with 13.5 tackles for a loss.

Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15.0 last season and finished second on the squad with 8.0 sacks.

Reid tied for the team lead in tackles with 76 last season, and he also registered two interceptions, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Wing excelled as a redshirt freshman last season as he averaged 44.4 yards a punt and placed 27 of his 59 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line on the way to earning First-Team All-America and First-Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press.

Mathieu, a junior, was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history.

This marks the ninth straight year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Tuesday through Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

LSU is slated to appear at SEC Media Days on Wednesday from 2:30-5 p.m. with head coach Les Miles, junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Beckham Jr. and Reid scheduled to attend.



First-Team Offense
QB   Tyler Wilson                 Arkansas            6-3    220      Sr.   Greenwood, Ark.
RB    Marcus Lattimore         South Carolina   6-0    218      Jr.    Duncan, S.C.
RB    Knile Davis                   Arkansas            6-0    226      Jr.    Missouri City, Texas
WR   Da’Rick Rogers            Tennessee           6-3    215      Jr.    Calhoun, Ga.
WR   *Cobi Hamilton            Arkansas            6-3    209      Sr.   Texarkana, Texas
WR   *Ryan Swope               Texas A&M       6-0    206      Sr.   Austin, Texas
TE    Philip Lutzenkirchen    Auburn               6-5    256      Sr.   Marietta, Ga.
OL    Alex Hurst                    LSU                   6-6    340      Sr.   Bartlett, Tenn.
OL    Luke Joeckel                 Texas A&M       6-6    310      Jr.    Arlington, Texas
OL    D.J. Fluker                    Alabama             6-6    335      Jr.    Foley, Ala.
OL    Larry Warford              Kentucky           6-3    343      Sr.   Richmond, Ky.
C      Barrett Jones                 Alabama             6-5    311      Sr.   Germantown, Tenn.

Second-Team Offense
QB   Aaron Murray               Georgia              6-1    211      Jr.    Tampa, Fla.
RB    Eddie Lacy                   Alabama             6-0    220      Jr.    Geismar, La.
RB    Zac Stacy                      Vanderbilt          5-9    210      Sr.   Centreville, Ala.
WR   Justin Hunter                Tennessee           6-4    200      Jr.    Virginia Beach, Va.
WR   *Emory Blake               Auburn               6-2    197      Sr.   Austin, Texas
WR   *Odell Beckham, Jr.     LSU                   5-11  183      So.  New Orleans, La.
WR   *La’Rod King              Kentucky           6-4    222      Sr.   Radcliff, Ky.
TE    Chris Gragg                  Arkansas            6-3    236      Sr.   Warren, Ark.
OL    Alvin Bailey                 Arkansas            6-5    312      Jr.    Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL    Chance Warmack         Alabama             6-3    320      Sr.   Atlanta, Ga.
OL    Chris Faulk                   LSU                   6-6    325      Jr.    Slidell, La.
OL    Gabe Jackson                Miss. State         6-4    320      Jr.    Liberty, Miss.
C      T.J. Johnson                  South Carolina   6-6    319      Sr.   Aynor, S.C.

Third-Team Offense
QB   A.J. McCarron              Alabama             6-4    205      Jr.    Mobile, Ala.
RB    Spencer Ware               LSU                   5-11  223      Jr.    Cincinnati, Ohio
RB    Christine Michael         Texas A&M       5-11  220      Sr.   Beaumont, Texas
WR   Malcolm Mitchell         Georgia              6-1    184      So.  Valdosta, Ga.
WR   T.J. Moe                        Missouri             6-0    200      Sr.   O’Fallon, Mo.
TE    Michael Williams          Alabama             6-6    269      Sr.   Reform, Ala.
OL    Jake Matthews              Texas A&M       6-5    305      Jr.    Missouri City, Texas
OL    Dallas Thomas              Tennessee           6-5    305      Sr.   Baton Rouge, La.
OL    Xavier Nixon                Florida                6-6    309      Sr.   Fayetteville, N.C.
OL    Elvis Fisher                   Missouri             6-5    295      Sr.   St. Petersburg, Fla.
C      Travis Swanson            Arkansas            6-5    305      Jr.    Kingwood, Texas


First-Team Defense
DL    Jadeveon Clowney       South Carolina   6-6    256      So.  Rock Hill, S.C.
DL    Sam Montgomery         LSU                   6-4    245      Jr.    Greenwood, S.C.
DL    Corey Lemonier            Auburn               6-4    240      Jr.    Hialeah, Fla.
DL    Barkevious Mingo        LSU                   6-5    240      Jr.    West Monroe, La.
ILB  *C.J. Mosley                 Alabama             6-2    234      Jr.    Theodore, Ala.
ILB  *Nico Johnson              Alabama             6-3    245      Sr.   Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones                   Georgia              6-3    241      Jr.    Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter                   Texas A&M       6-2    230      Sr.   Schertz, Texas
DB   Tyrann Mathieu            LSU                   5-9    175      Jr.    New Orleans, La.
DB   Bacarri Rambo              Georgia              6-0    218      Sr.   Donalsonville, Ga.
DB   Eric Reid                      LSU                   6-2    208      Jr.    Geismar, La.
DB   Johnthan Banks            Miss. State         6-2    185      Sr.   Maben, Miss.

Second-Team Defense
DL    John Jenkins                 Georgia              6-3    351      Sr.   Meriden, Conn.
DL    Devin Taylor                 South Carolina   6-8    267      Sr.   Beaufort, S.C.
DL    Jesse Williams               Alabama             6-4    319      Sr.   Brisbane, Australia
DL    Sharrif Floyd                Florida                6-3    305      Jr.    Philadelphia, Pa.
ILB  Jon Bostic                     Florida                6-1    243      Sr.   Wellington, Fla.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith        Arkansas            6-1    233      Sr.   Missouri City, Texas
OLB DeVonte Holloman      South Carolina   6-2    241      Sr.   Rock Hill, S.C.
DB   Robert Lester                Alabama             6-2    210      Sr.   Foley, Ala.
DB   D.J. Swearinger            South Carolina   6-0    210      Sr.   Greenwood, S.C.
DB   Prentiss Waggner          Tennessee           6-2    185      Sr.   Clinton, La.
DB   Matt Elam                     Florida                5-10  210      Jr.    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Third-Team Defense
DL    Josh Boyd                     Miss. State         6-3    300      Sr.   Philadelphia, Miss.
DL    *Dominique Easley      Florida                6-2    286      Jr.    Staten Island, N.Y.
DL    *Abry Jones                  Georgia              6-3    309      Sr.   Warner Robins, Ga.
DL    *Damontre Moore        Texas A&M       6-4    250      Jr.    Rowlett, Texas
DL    *Rob Lohr                    Vanderbilt          6-4    290      Sr.   Phoenixville, Pa.
ILB  *Alec Ogletree             Georgia              6-3    236      Jr.    Newnan, Ga.
ILB  *Daren Bates                Auburn               5-11  211      Sr.   Memphis, Tenn.
ILB  *Jelani Jenkins              Florida                6-0    233      Jr.    Olney, Md.
OLB Zaviar Gooden             Missouri             6-2    230      Sr.   Pflugerville, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson                 Tennessee           6-3    245      So.  Gainesville, Ga.
DB   Dee Milliner                  Alabama             6-1    196      Jr.    Millbrook, Ala.
DB   Charles Sawyer             Ole Miss             5-11  175      Jr.    Miami, Fla.
DB   Akeem Auguste            South Carolina   5-9    188      Sr.   Hollywood, Fla.
DB   *E.J. Gaines                  Missouri             5-10  190      Jr.    Independence, Mo.
DB   *Sanders Commings     Georgia              6-2    217      Sr.   Augusta, Ga.


First-Team Specialists
P       Brad Wing                    LSU                   6-3    184      So.  Melbourne, Australia
PK    Caleb Sturgis                Florida                5-11  187      Sr.   St. Augustine, Fla.
RS    Tyrann Mathieu            LSU                   5-9    175      Jr.    New Orleans, La.
AP    Dennis Johnson            Arkansas            6-0    180      Jr.    Russellville, Ark.

Second-Team Specialists
P       Steven Clark                 Auburn               6-5    235      Jr.    Kansas City, Mo.
PK    Drew Alleman              LSU                   5-11  183      Sr.   Lafayette, La.
RS    Andre Debose              Florida                5-11  186      Jr.    Sanford, Fla.
AP    Johnthan Banks            Miss. State         6-2    185      Sr.   Maben, Miss.

Third-Team Specialists
P       *Dylan Breeding          Arkansas            6-1    211      Sr.   Hoover, Ala.
P       *Tyler Campbell           Ole Miss             6-2    220      Sr.   Little Rock, Ark.
PK    Zach Hocker                 Arkansas            6-0    180      Jr.    Russellville, Ark.
RS    Dustin Harris                Texas A&M       6-0    175      Sr.   Livingston, Texas
AP    Bruce Ellington            South Carolina   5-9    197      So.  Moncks Corner, S.C.

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