Eric Reid and Kevin Minter stood out all season as two of the cornerstones of the LSU defense.
Monday they were recognized for their play, named first-team selections on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.
The team was voted on by a selection of media from across the SEC.
Four Tigers were named to the second team: defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, defensive tackle Bennie Logan and strong safety Craig Loston.
Offensive linemen Josh Dworaczyk and La’el Collins were honorable mention selections.
LSU’s eight total selections were second behind only SEC champion Alabama’s nine. Florida had seven selections and Georgia six.
Reid and Mingo were second-team AP selections in 2011, while Montgomery was on the first team.
Minter leads the Tigers and ranks third in the SEC in total tackles with 111, the most for an LSU player since Kelvin Sheppard had 116 in 2010. He also leads the Tigers and ranks fourth in the SEC with 131/2 tackles for loss.
Reid is third on the team with 81 tackles along with two interceptions and six pass deflections.
Loston is second in the SEC in interception return yardage with 103, most of that on his record-tying 100-yard return against Mississippi State.
Mingo leads the team with 12 quarterback hurries, while Montgomery leads with seven sacks. Collins leads the Tigers in snaps played (789) and knockdowns (581/2).
Reid was also named a second-team All-American on Monday by CBSSports.com, while Montgomery was third. Reid was named a first-team AFCA All-American last week.
At home in domes
LSU will hoping to maintain its winning ways in the Georgia Dome, its New Year’s Eve venue for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson (6:30 p.m. ESPN).
LSU is 9-1 in the Georgia Dome, including a 3-0 record in Chick-fil-A (formerly Peach) bowls. The Tigers are also 4-1 there in SEC Championship games.
Overall, LSU is 24-7 in domed stadiums: 13-5 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 9-1 in the Georgia Dome, 2-0 in Cowboys Stadium and 0-1 in the Astrodome.
The Chick-fil-A is just 298 tickets short of its 16th straight sellout, according to bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan. The sellout streak is the second-longest active streak behind only the Rose Bowl, Stokan said.
Getting a completely full Georgia Dome, however, may be a different challenge.
LSU officially re-opened bowl ticket sales Monday as it tries to move the 16,000 tickets each school is required to take.
LSU pre-sold 8,012 Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets to football season ticket holders.
Tickets in LSU sections are $90 for the Georgia Dome’s 200 level and $80 for the 300 level (upper deck). Tickets on the dome’s 100 level are sold out, according to LSU’s website.
Tickets can be purchased online at LSUSports.net, by phone at (225) 578-2184 or (800) 960-8587, or in person at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.
Recruits move on Rivals list
Rivals.com released its updated Rivals 100 recruiting list Monday, with several LSU recruits making the list.
LSU’s highest-rated commitment according to Rivals is defensive back Tre’Davious White (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) of Shreveport Green Oaks at No. 35. He’s followed by Lemont, Ill., offensive lineman Ethan Pocic (6-7, 285) at No. 44.
Defensive end Frank Herron (6-4, 236) of Memphis (Tenn.) Central checks in at No. 82, followed by Los Angeles Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig (6-4, 210) at No. 85 and Lake Charles Barbe tight end DeSean Smith (6-4, 222) at No. 92.
Among the Rivals 100 players listed with offers from LSU, Mission Viejo defensive back Max Redfield (6-2, 195) is No. 24, Sealy (Texas) wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (6-5, 220) is No. 27, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood linebacker Mike Mitchell (6-4, 216) is No. 30, Immokalee (Fla.) defensive back Mackenzie Alexander (5-11, 175) is No. 39, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 185) is No. 49, Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster (6-3, 170) is No. 74, Jackson East Feliciana athlete prospect Kendall Beckwith (6-3, 228) is No. 84 and Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Justin Manning (6-2, 275) is No. 90.
University High defensive end Tim Williams (6-4, 230) is No. 89, but there are reports he no longer has a scholarship offer from LSU.
LSU has 22 commitments for 2013 after the decommitments last week of Slidell Salmen wide receiver Chuck Baker and Lake Gibson, Fla., fullback Kennard Swanson. The SEC limits schools to 25 signees per year, but LSU may sign as many as 29 because it can back count four players to its 2012 class.
Overall, LSU’s class is ranked No. 3 by Rivals, down one spot from last week. LSU’s class is ranked No. 6 by Scout, No. 7 by 24/7 Sports and No. 8 by ESPN.