LSU places seven players on Coaches SEC Team

BATON ROUGE — 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 today.

The conference released 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, but 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, a two-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, is coming off a season in which he earned first-team All-SEC recognition. In 2011, he started all 14 games and totaled 71.5 knockdowns.

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

Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15 last season and finished second on the squad with eight 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 in 2011 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 the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC team has been selected.

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