We took a day off from our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days preview of 50 of the best players in the Southeastern Conference. We get back on track today on the defensive side of the football with LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery.
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU:
The 2011 LSU defense was ranked second, only behind BCS Champion Alabama. They stifled opposing offenses with speed from up front and blanket coverage in the back end. A couple of key cogs are gone, with cornerback Morris Claiborne, probably being the most important. The 2012 version of the Tiger defense should pick up right where it left off in 2011 as defensive end Sam Montgomery will lead a defensive line that should once again be one of the best in the country.
Sam Montgomery stepped on campus in Baton Rouge in 2009 and was met with a redshirt season. The Greenwood, SC product needed to get bigger and stronger. He stepped on the field in 2010 as a redshirt freshman and started five games before suffering a season ending knee injury in the first quarter of the Tennessee game. Despite only playing in five games, he was chosen as All Freshman SEC as he ended the season with 18 tackles, six of those being for loss, and he also had two sacks.
America didn’t take notice until 2011, when Montgomery and his defensive counterparts started ripping apart opponents. Montgomery started 11 games but played in all 14, recording 49 tackles and 9 sacks. Montgomery uses speed off the end to give opposing tackles major problems. Expect this years LSU defense to be just as good as the 2011 version, as they should make a run at another SEC crown and possibly a BCS Title.