Congratulations are in order for LSU Safety Eric Reid as he has gotten one honor and is making his rounds for a second honor for his contributions to the great sport of football.
LSU safety Eric Reid, who had already been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Alabama, picked up another honor Wednesday when he was named the national defensive player of the week by the Football Writers Association of America. He is the third LSU defensive back to win the national honor, joining cornerbacks Morris Claiborne for his play against Mississippi State and Tyrann Mathieu for his game against West Virginia. Defensive end Sam Montgomery, who had two sacks in the 9-6 overtime win against Alabama, was the league’s co-defensive lineman of the week. Placekicker Drew Alleman, whose 3-for-3 night on field goals was responsible for all of LSU’s points, won the Lou Groza national star of the week award for the second time this season. Reid, a sophomore from Geismar, has been somewhat overshadowed by Mathieu and Claiborne in the defensive backfield, but head coach Les Miles said it wasn’t a surprise. “He’s played well all season,” Miles said. “Frankly, we’ve seen the ability to play like he did Saturday night.” Reid made six tackles, including a key one for a 6-yard loss, forced a fumble, returned a blocked field goal 26 yards and had probably the game’s biggest play with an interception at the Alabama 1-yard line in the fourth quarter and the scored tied 6-6. Alabama’s Michael Williams appeared to be wide open on the play, but Reid made a quick recovery to leap with the taller tight end, then outwrestled him for the ball as they came down at the LSU 1-yard line. “He was just not NOT going to make that play,” Miles said. “That has been the mark of this team. “He is one of those guys that understands coaching and, as he matures, becomes ready to be a dominant player play after play. “The Alabama game is an example of how we expect him to play and how he can play week after week. “We’re thrilled with his improvement.” Reid’s big interception had to be reviewed by officials before it was upheld and the Tigers took possession at the 1 instead of Alabama having first-and-goal from point-blank range. It caused some grumbling among Alabama fans, but the SEC office released a statement Monday saying that their careful analysis of the play a day later confirmed that it was the correct call. “The replay showed that before the Alabama receiver made contact with the ground, he lost control of the ball,” SEC Supervisor of Officials Steve Shaw said. “The LSU defender obtained possession of the ball prior to the ball hitting the turf, thus giving the defensive team possession of the ball.”
Congratulations to Eric as I am sure this is only the beginning in his potential lead off into the pro world. LSU is really making alot of noise and Safety Eric Reid is really playing a major part in there success!!!