LSU Loses Key Defensive End

The LSU defense suffered a significant setback when it was announced that defensive end Sam Montgomery was out for the rest of the season. The 6-4, 245-pound redshirt freshman was injured early in the Tigers win over the Tennessee Volunteers. The redshirt freshman had started all five games this season for the unbeaten men from the Bayou.

Sam Montgomery is tied for the team lead with six tackles for a loss and has been credited with two sacks. He teamed with RT Drake Nevis to give LSU a strong right side up front and making it very difficult for opponents to run the ball. The success of that effort is evidenced by the fact that LSU is allowing just 79 rushing yards per game and only 2.3 yards per run.

Les Miles and his staff have to make adjustments with Montgomery out. The Tigers could promote his back up, Lavar Edwards to the starting lineup, but it's more likely that the No. 2 defensive end on the left side will switch over. Barkevious Mingo could find himself on the right side Saturday night. Mingo, like Montgomery is a redshirt freshman and has 2.5 sacks in limited playing time.

We'll have more on the shuffling of the LSU defensive front in our scouting report on Friday.

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