Minter Adds SEC Honor to National Accolades
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE - LSU junior linebacker Kevin Minter picked up his second award of the week on Monday morning as he was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Tigers' 24-19 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
On Sunday, Minter was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp National Football Foundation.
Against the Aggies, Minter led the Tiger defensive attack with 12 tackles, including one sack for a 7-yard loss and an interception. He also broke up a pass and had two quarterback hurries in playing every defensive snap (94) in the LSU victory.
Minter played a key role in LSU holding the Aggies - the Southeastern Conference's top scoring team - to just 19 points, 28 below their season average. LSU also limited Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the SEC's leading rusher going into the game, to a season-low 27 yards. It was also the first time this year that Manziel didn't account for a touchdown rushing or passing.
Minter's third quarter interception halted an Texas A&M drive inside the LSU 45-yard line and his fist quarter sack came on third-down and pushed the Aggies out of field goal range.
For the game, the Tigers forced a season-high five turnover (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles) as LSU improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the league action. In eight games this year, Minter continues to lead the Tigers and ranks among the top five in the SEC in tackles with 75.
2012 LSU Players of the Week Honors
Opponent, Player, Award
North Texas, RB Kenny Hilliard, Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week (LSWA)
Washington, CB Jalen Mills, SEC Freshman of the Week; DE Sam Montgomery, SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
Idaho, S Ronald Martin Louisiana Defensive Player of the Week (LSWA)
Auburn, DE Sam Montgomery, SEC Defensive Player of the Week
Florida, LB Kevin Minter, SEC Defensive Player of the Week
South Carolina, DE Sam Montgomery, SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week; RB Jeremy Hill, SEC Co-Freshman of the Week
Texas A&M, LB Kevin Minter, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, SEC Defensive Player of the Week