LSU Football: Why the Tigers Got Snubbed on the All-SEC Team

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Chad Bumphis #1 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs past Tharold Simon #24 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Les Miles' LSU football teams are not traditionally known for putting up Oregon-like numbers on the offensive side of the ball.

In fact, for the past four years, the Tigers offense has been plagued by average-to-below-average play from the quarterback position in the form of forgettable combo Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.

But both Jefferson and Lee were gone this year, which gave first-year starter Zach Mettenberger a chance to shine as he took the reins of this LSU offense. All Mettenberger did was lead the Tigers to a 10-2 record and boost an offense that averaged more than 30 points per game this season.

To be exact, Les Miles' offense put up a solid 30.3 points per game, which ranked 56th among all teams in college football. Yet, somehow, there wasn't a single LSU offensive player represented on the first or second All-SEC teams, which were announced on Tuesday.

Perhaps the most glaring misstep with this is the fact that Florida had two offensive players represented on the All-SEC teams and yet the Gators average just 26.8 points per game, which dosen't even rank among the top 75 teams in the nation.

Alabama and Tennessee led the way with five and four offensive players selected, respectively. However, they only bested the Tigers by a slim margin in points per game.

As disapointing as the snub might have been on the offensive side of the ball, it has to be more glaring on defense, where Sam Montgomery and Eric Reid were the only players honored as first-team All-SEC members.

How is Barkevious Mingo not on this team?

Mingo was selected to the second team, but is Texas A&M's Damontre Moore really more disruptive than Mingo?

Last time I checked, LSU's defense was allowing fewer than 17 points per game thanks in large part to that dominant defensive line anchored by Montgomery and Mingo.

On the other end, A&M is giving up 22.5 points per game, including 28 to Sam Houston State and 57 to Louisiana Tech.

But at least Mongtomgery made the list, which was not the case for LSU standout cornerback Tharold Simon, who had a phenomenal season.

After Morris Claiborne and Ron Brooks moved on to the NFL while Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team, it was Simon who stepped up and filled that top defensive back role for this LSU football team.

Simon was given the assignment of covering top teams' wide receivers week after week, and he did so admirably. He had four interceptions on the season, but seemed to play his best in the biggest games against the likes of Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M.

Ryan Swope and Cobi Hamilton, both All-SEC wide receiver selections, were each held under 100 receiving yards when LSU played them thanks to the smothering defense from Simon.

Three total players on the All-SEC first and second teams from a 10-2 LSU squad that outscored opponents 30.3-16.9 this season.

That just dosen't make sense.

Bottom line.