Momentum has shifted back in favor of the No. 6 LSU Tigers, as they rebounded from their week six loss to the No. 2 Florida Gators, with a win last weekend against the, at the time undefeated, No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks. Les Miles and the Tigers will travel to play the No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday and are expecting their defensive-line to make life extremely difficult for the young Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The defensive-line of the Tigers consists of future NFL players. I said future, meaning they aren’t there yet, meaning they are hungry to get there and stack that NFL money. This line looked nasty and relentless against the Gamecocks last week and they are still playing for a potential National Championship berth as well as NFL hopes.
At least three Tigers from this front will likely play at the next level. Defensive-tackle Bennie Logan, and defensive-ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious “KeKe” Mingo make up a line that is second to none in the country.
Although junior Bennie Logan is often overlooked on this line, he is the beef of the middle and is a run-stopper who has the ability to become a pass-rusher as well. Logan, 6’3, 295 pounds, will be looking to keep the Aggies rushing attack at bay.
Mingo has draft scouts raving because of his speed and athleticism. At 6’5, 240 pounds, Mingo is a match-up nightmare because of his length, something that NFL scouts love. Keke Mingo will surely be chasing the Aggies signal-caller out of the pocket all game.
On the other end is Sam Montgomery who will be hawking down Manziel. Montgomery is a more complete defensive-end and is coming off a big game against his hometown Gamecocks. A game in which he recorded two sacks. The 6’5, 260 pounder from Greenwood, South Carolina looked like he thoroughly enjoyed dominating Steve Spurrier’s squad.
Johnny Manziel is a red-shirt freshman who is making a name for himself so far this year as the Aggies leader. The kid is starting to generate some Heisman buzz as he has thrown for 1680 yards with 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Manziel likes to pound the rock as well, and has done it successfully. He has 676 rushing yards to go with 10 touchdowns as well.
Manziel is going to be pressured from the pocket every which way this Saturday afternoon, a true test for the youngster early in his career. As much as Aggies fans hope their young buck of a quarterback can mature before their eyes this weekend, I expect a shaky performance. It’s a learning process and playing against future NFL talent is part of the course.