OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Sam Montgomery #99 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a play against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
SB Nation polled its fine college football blogs to vote on the Preseason All-America Team for the 2012 season, with the offensive and defensive linemen being named on Monday. LSU's Sam Montgomery made the cut.
With the 2012 NCAA football season fast approaching, SB Nation reached out to its college blogs to vote on the top players in the nation and name the 2012 SB Nation Preseason All-American Team. It's a fun way of building a great fake team, and they started today by naming the defensive and offensive linemen that make up the best fake offensive and defensive lines in the country.
With 19.5 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, in 19 games the last two seasons, "Sonic" Sam Montgomery (a known gamer, said to be obsessed with the Sega character) may be the premier defensive end in college football. After a torn ACL ended 2010 after five games, Montgomery took up where he left off with an all-conference 2011, and is poised for even bigger things this season. His first step can get him by most offensive linemen (he even had two sacks matched up on Alabama's Barrett Jones last November), but if that's not enough he has fantastic technique and hustle that has also made him an excellent run defender. And his 2012 can be even better -- he's continued to add muscle (up to 260 pounds, reportedly), and might even gain a little more explosion another year removed from the knee injury.