The LSU Tigers led the league with 11 players named to the preseason Coaches’ All-SEC teams, but one puzzling oversight was Bennie Logan. Junior defensive tackle Michael Brockers was very good last year, but he would not have been a first-round pick without Logan holding the line and wreaking his own havoc next to him.
The organizers of the Outland Trophy did not make the same mistake.
Logan joined LSU offensive tackles Chris Faulk and Alex Hurst as three of 71 players across the country–including 16 from the Southeastern Conference–named to the watch list of the 2012 Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman.
Former LSU All-American and current Kansas City Chief Glenn Dorsey won the Outland Trophy in 2007. The winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team.
Junior left tackle Faulk enters his second season as a starter for the Tigers and is a preseason second team All-SEC selection. Last season he posted 73.5 knockdowns on 768 total snaps.
Senior Hurst is a two-year starter at right tackle for LSU who earned First-Team All-SEC honors in 2011 and preseason first team in 2012. He started all 14 games last season and recorded 71.5 knockdowns in 811 plays.
Junior Logan will anchor the Tigers at the defensive tackle position as a starter for the second straight year. He enjoyed a monster 2011 alongside Brockers and the other stout defensive linemen for LSU, which may be why he got lost in the shuffle on this year’s Coaches’ All-SEC team. Here is a comparison of Logan’s numbers with the defensive linemen voted to the team today:
- John Jenkins (Georgia) – 28 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF
- Abry Jones (Georgia) – 48 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 1 FF
- Shariff Floyd (Florida) – 46 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks
- Jesse Williams (Alabama) – 24 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 0.5 sack
- Josh Boyd (Miss. St.) – 51 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks
- Dominque Easley (Florida) – 37 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks
- Rob Lohr (Vanderbilt) – 41 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks, 2 FF
- Bennie Logan – 57 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF
Logan will have his chance to make sure the SEC coaches don’t forget his name by the end of the year. Obviously the people in charge of the Outland Trophy know who he is, and if Logan plays as expected so will his opponents.
Feature photo of Logan against Miss. St. by Travis Spradling.