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Eight Tigers named to AP All-SEC teams
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 13.5.
A member of the 2012 AFCA 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 5.0 tackles for a loss and 2.0 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 INT return for a touchdown against Mississippi State.
Mingo led the team with 12 quarterback hurries and registered 33 tackles this season, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks.
Montgomery recorded a team-best 7.0 sacks to go along with 12.0 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 (789) and total knockdowns (58.5) from his position at left guard.
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 Tuesday, 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. CT in the Georgia Dome, and the game will be televised by ESPN.
2012 AP All-SEC Teams
WR - u-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr.
WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Jr.
L - Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.
L - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.
L - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr.
L - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, Jr.
C - u-Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
TE - Jordan Reed, Florida, 6-3, 243, Jr.
QB - u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 218, Fr.
RB - Mike Gillislee, Florida, 5-11, 209, Sr.
K - Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 184, Sr.
All-Purpose - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6-3, 205, Jr.
T - Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6-3, 303, Jr.
T - Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr.
E - u-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.
E - Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
LB - u-Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.
LB - Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2, 245, Jr.
CB - u-Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Sr.
CB - u-Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
S - Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 202, Jr.
S - Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P - Kyle Christy, Florida, 6-2, 199, So.
WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr.
WR - Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-11, 200, Sr.
L - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr.
L - Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr.
L - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 332, So.
L - Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 310, Sr.
C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6-5, 305, Jr.
TE - Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 6-3, 244, Sr.
QB - A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr.
RB - Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr.
K - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose - Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-8, 175, Jr.
T - Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 320, Sr.
T - John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 358, Sr.
T - Bennie Logan, LSU, 6-3, 295, Jr.
E - Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5, 260, Jr.
LB - Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 232, Jr.
LB - Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State, 6-3, 230, Sr.
LB - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr.
LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 203, Fr.
CB - Andrew Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 184, Jr.
CB - Marcus Robertson, Florida, 6-0, 178, So.
S - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr.
S - Craig Loston, LSU, 6-2, 205, Jr.
S - Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210, Sr.
P - Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr.
La'el Collins, L, LSU, 6-5, 321, So.; Josh Dworaczyk, L, LSU, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Wesley Johnson, L, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 285, Jr.; Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Jr.; Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, 6-1, 210, Jr.
Robert Lester, S, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Chris Smith, E, Arkansas, 6-3, 251, Jr. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kevin Sumlim, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
u - indicates unanimous selection
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