Three LSU Tigers make SEC coaches’ first team

LSU defensive players continued to receive postseason recognition Tuesday.

Safety Eric Reid received two more honors and was joined by linebacker Kevin Minter and end Sam Montgomery on the Southeastern Conference coaches all-conference first team. All three players are juniors.

Reid, who was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association last week, also was named to Athlon Sports’ All-America second team Tuesday.

Athlon also named Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen to its first team.

Tigers junior end Barkevious Mingo and senior place-kicker Drew Alleman were voted on to the SEC coaches’ second team.

SEC champion Alabama, which will play Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game next month, had the most selections with eight, six of whom made the first team. Crimson Tide tailback Eddie Lacy, a teammate of Reid’s at Dutchtown High School, was one of the first-team picks.

Florida, which will play Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, had seven selections. East Division champion Georgia and Tennessee had six each.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, was the only freshman to make the first team. Georgia running back Todd Gurley made the second team as the only other freshman selected.

Ten of the 14 SEC schools had a first-team selection, led by Alabama’s six, Florida’s five and Texas A&M’s four.

LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M had five total members, followed by Mississippi State with four.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The Tigers defense ranked third in the SEC in scoring defense (16.9 points per game), total defense (296.2 yards per game) and rushing defense (101.8). LSU led the league with 31 takeaways.

Minter tied for third in the SEC in tackles with 111 and fourth in tackles for loss (13.5). Reid was third on the team with 81 tackles.

Montgomery, a coaches first-team pick a year ago, was fifth in the conference with seven sacks, and Mingo had four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries.

Alleman was tied for second in the SEC in scoring (101 points), though he was less accurate than he was a year ago. The Lafayette native made 20-of-28 field goals after making 16-of-18 in earning All-SEC second-team honors last season.

Ninth-ranked LSU (10-2) will play No. 14 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve night in the Georgia Dome.

On Monday, eight Tigers were named to the Associated Press’ All-SEC team.

Reid and Minter made the first team, Mingo, Montgomery, defensive tackle Bennie Logan and Craig Loston made the second team and offensive linemen Josh Dworaczyk and La’el Collins received honorable mention.

The SEC will announce the coaches selections for individual awards Wednesday, and the All-Freshman Team will be announced on Thursday.