Tigers pace early All-SEC first team

League coaches reveal their 2012 pre-season all-stars and LSU is well-represented.

Odell Beckham Jr.

LSU led all SEC with seven players on the preseason coaches All-SEC first-team and tied Alabama for the most total overall selections with 11, the league office announced Thursday.

The conference released first, second and third teams for offense, defense and specialists. The preseason All-SEC team was voted on by the 14 head coaches in the conference, and coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

LSU's first-team players include tackle Alex Hurst on offense, defensive ends Sam Montgomery, and Barkevious Mingo, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and safety Eric Reid on defense and punter Brad Wing and Mathieu on special teams.

The Tigers had three players listed on the second-team and one on the third-team.

Sam Montgomery

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., offensive tackle Chris Faulk and kicker Drew Alleman were named to the second-team, while running back Spencer Ware earned a spot on the third-team offense.

Hurst is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, and he is coming off a season when he earned first-team All-SEC recognition after starting all 14 games and racking up 71½ knockdowns.

Montgomery earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 after he led the team with 9 sacks and ranked second with 13½ tackles for a loss.

Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15 last season and finished second with 8 sacks.

Reid tied for the team lead in tackles with 76 last season, and also registered two interceptions, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Eric Reid

Wing excelled as a redshirt freshman last season as he averaged 44.4 yards a punt and placed 27 of his 59 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line on the way to earning first-team All-America and All-SEC honors from the AP.

Mathieu was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history.

LSU is slated to appear at SEC Media Days on Wednesday from 2:30-5 p.m. with coach Les Miles, quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Beckham Jr. and Reid scheduled to attend.

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