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.)
OFF THE BENCH
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
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