BATON ROUGE, La. -- Each week, we track how LSU Tigers on awards watch lists are doing (and add some suggestions). Here's where Tigers candidates stand after a 2-0 start:
DE Barkevious Mingo (Bednarik Award, Rotary Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award)
His statistics (8 tackles, 1 for loss) are modest, but his influence on games -- he draws double teams and has QBs looking for him -- is not. Needs to start producing stats to have a chance though.
DE Sam Montgomery (Bednarik Award, Rotary Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award)
SEC DL of the week after he had a sack and three quarterback hurries against Washington, exactly the type of production that wins awards.
S Eric Reid (Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award)
Fourth on team with nine tackles and second with two passes broken up. Also has one of the team's two interceptions in what's been a solid start.
C P.J. Lonergan (Rimington Award)
LSU's running game continues to be dominant (second in the SEC at 279 yards per game), which is always a plus for offensive linemen.
TE Chase Clement (Mackey Award)
LSU has not utilized tight ends much in the passing game. Clement has one reception, which hurts his chances.
K Drew Alleman (Lou Groza Award)
Off to another consistent start: 4-for-5 on field goals and perfect on 10 extra point attempts.
P Brad Wing (Ray Guy Award)
Wing added to his legend in his 2012 debut, averaging 54.3 yards on three punts, including one he boomed 62 yards into the wind, rolling it out of bounds at the 4-yard line.
OT Chris Faulk (Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award)
A knee injury sidelined him for the season and will end his mentions on the Tracker.
OT Alex Hurst (Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award)
The offensive line has been solid, but LSU does have a slight tendency to run left. Hurst is the right tackle.
DT Bennie Logan (Outland Trophy)
Always better than his statistics, he has five tackles, one for loss, a pass batted down and a quarterback hurry to his credit.
LB Kevin Minter (Butkus Award)
Might have been a longshot entering the season, but with 15 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and three passes broken up, he's had noticeable production.
Others who impressed
Among players not on watch lists, Alfred Blue could become a Doak Walker Award candidate if he builds on his back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season. CB Tharold Simon has locked down opposing receivers, making him a candidates for the Thorpe Award as his reputation grows.