State of the program: LSU lands nine on preseason All-SEC team at Media Days

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson applies pressure against Ole Miss last season. Johnson was selected to the preseason All-SEC first team at Media Days last week. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

HOOVER, Ala. - Nine Tigers were named to the media's Preseason All-Southeastern Conference football teams, while the Tigers were picked third in the SEC Western Division.

Defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and safety Craig Loston led the LSU contingent with first-team nods, while linebacker Lamin Barrow was named to the second team. Linebacker Tahj Jones and defensive back Jalen Mills were on the defensive third team.

On the offensive side, four Tigers were listed on the third team including running back Alfred Blue, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and offensive linemen La'el Collins and Josh Williford.

Odell Beckham Jr. was named first-team return specialist and second-team all-purpose player.

Landry, Barrow and quarterback Zach Mettenberger were joined by head coach Les Miles when the Tigers took their turn on the final day of SEC Media Day Thursday.

A record 1,200 credentialed media members greeted the LSU contingent for a preview of the 2013 season.

LSU took a one-hour charter flight from Baton Rouge to Hoover at 6:15 a.m. before beginning a three-hour rotation through the various platforms on the floor of the Wynfrey. Miles and the players spoke with television and print media from across the nation and did interviews with ESPN College Football Live, ESPN GameDay,, Fox Sports South, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and CBS.

Miles stole the show Thursday morning in the main media room with his introduction discussing the summer with his family at the ballpark, rappelling a downtown Baton Rouge building for an adoption charity and the development of his team as he enters his ninth season with the program. He fielded questions from topics ranging from scheduling and social media to the emergence of Mettenberger under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

"I think the piece we want to play for a championship and graduate, that's very much alive at LSU," said Miles. "We're in our second year, graduating our players in the 70 percentile. We've won more games in the last eight years, 85 victories, than any other conference team. We've put 51 in the NFL. I like the position of the program."