Defensive ends at a glance

Veteran group on the edges is poised to play a big role for a Tigers' defense with high expectations.


Position coach: Brick Haley

Starters returning: 2

Lettermen returning: 3


99 Sam Montgomery (6-4, 245, RS So.)

94 Ken Adams (6-5, 255, Sr.)


89 Lavar Edwards (6-5, 264, Jr.)

49 Barkevious Mingo (6-5, 240, So.)

87 Chancey Aghayere (6-4, 279, Jr.)

54 Justin Maclin (6-4, 241, So.)

98 Jordan Allen (6-6, 252, RS Fr.)

59 Jermauria Rasco (6-3, 255, Fr.)


Out of action: None

Veteran difference-maker: Sam Montgomery

Rising star: Freshman Jermauria Rasco

Sam Montgomery

Something to chew on: This position features two of LSU’s fastest players who weigh over 225 pounds – Adams and Mingo.

Numbers of note: As disruptive as Montgomery and Mingo could be at times, the Tigers’ ends combined for only 8½ sacks last season. … Rasco had more sacks at Evangel last season (21) than his five veteran teammates have combined in their college careers.

This unit will shine if: Montgomery stays healthy and Mingo can prove to be sturdy enough against SEC blocking when he enters the game in pass-rushing situations.

This unit will struggle if: The names of the right-side ends (Adams and Edwards) are rarely heard from the public address announcer.

Prediction: The ends will be more of a strength than last season, especially against spread offenses, by being fast and athletic enough to contain slippery quarterbacks.

Quotable: “We like to be able to have those guys at end who can do a little bit of everything. It gives you the ability to do a lot of different things and that’s what we like to do.” – Brick Haley

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