BATON ROUGE – A pair of sophomore LSU defenders – safety Eric Reid and defensive end Sam Montgomery – have been recognized as players of the week in the Southeastern Conference for their role in the Tigers’ 9-6 overtime win over second-ranked Alabama on Saturday.
Reid, a native of Geismar, earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Montgomery, from Greenwood, S.C., was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Both players played a significant role in LSU limiting Alabama to season lows for points (6), total yards (295) and rushing yards (96). The six points were the fewest for the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban.
Reid had six tackles, including one for a 6-yard loss, and a key interception in the victory. Reid’s interception came at the LSU 1-yard line in the fourth quarter after Alabama had driven inside the Tiger 30-yard line. Reid also forced a fumble in the victory.
Montgomery also had six tackles, including a pair of sacks, in the win. His final sack came on third down in overtime, forcing the Crimson Tide to attempt a 52-yard field goal – which they missed. His other sack came in second quarter and contributed to the Crimson Tide being forced to attempt a 49-yard field goal, which was blocked.
Other honors handed out by the league on Monday include: Florida running back Jeff Demps (offensive player of the week); Arkansas return specialist Dennis Johnson (special teams player of the week); Georgia center Ben Jones (offensive lineman of the week); Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith (freshman of the week), and Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette (co-defensive lineman of the week).