SIDNEY SAMMUAL “Sam” MONTGOMERY

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

Louisiana State University Tigers

#99

6:03.2-261

Greenwood, South Carolina

Greenwood High School

 

OVERVIEW

Along with fellow defensive end Bakevious Mingo, the two Tigers, known as “workout warriors” displayed their athleticism weekly on the football field, much to the chagrin of slower opposing offensive tackles. Both are blessed with explosive closing speed and excellent range, as the tandem are not only highly regarded as down linemen, but more than a handful of teams feel both could develop into outstanding outside linebackers in the National Football League.

 

While Montgomery has not gotten the media attention accorded his teammate with the unusual first name, the Greenwood, South Carolina product has been much more productive on the gridiron. Even though he appeared in just 32 games for the Tigers, he is tied for eighth in school history with 32.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and tied for sixth with nineteen quarterback sacks. His nine sacks as a sophomore also placed fourth on the LSU annual record chart, while his nineteen sacks rank 20th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers.

 

Ever since returning from a knee injury that cost him the final eight games of the 2010 season, Montgomery has played a major role in the success of the Tigers’ defensive unit. Without their right defensive end in the lineup, LSU finished 46th in the nation in containing the running game in 2009 (133.38 ypg) and placed 42nd in 2010 (137.31 ypg) with the junior recovering from his injury.

 

Since he became a full-time starter in 2011, Montgomery helped the Tigers hold opponents to an average of 90.07 yards per game on the ground in 2011, ranking second in the South-eastern Conference and fifth in the nation. He then led the 2012 squad that placed ninth nationally vs. the run (101.62 ypg).

 

Montgomery lost his brother, John Darrel Adams, before playing his first football game in high school. Adams was shot in 2007 while working as a bouncer at a Columbia, South Carolina bar. Sam still uses the memories of playing “Sonic the Hedgehog” with Adams as a motivating factor on the field, playing with a motor that never stops.

 

Montgomery was a two-sport standout at Greenwood High School, excelling on the gridiron and hardwood court. He began to attract the attention of college recruiters during his junior season, as he delivered 65 tackles that included fifteen sacks and twenty stops behind the line of scrimmage. The two-time All-State choice would have an even better campaign as a senior, registering 85 tackles, eleven sacks and fifteen stops-for-loss.

 

Montgomery was widely considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the Class of 2009. He was rated second in the nation at that position by ESPN and sixth by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service also considered him the third-best pass rusher in the prep ranks. Super Prep rated him the second-best prospect in the state of South Carolina.

 

Other post-season honors followed in 2009, as Montgomery was named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100 and the Mobile Press Register’s Super South-east 120. He would conclude his high school career as a member of the White squad that competed in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

Like most Louisiana State recruits, Montgomery spent his freshman season as a member of the Tigers’ scout unit, retaining four years of college eligibility. He returned the following season to start the first five games at right defensive end, recording eighteen tackles, two sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage before suffering a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear during the first quarter of the Tennesse clash, ending his first varsity campaign.

 

With the work ethic his late brother instilled in him, Montgomery returned with a vengeance in 2011, as a trimmed down 245-pound right end earned All-American and All-Southeastern Conference honors, on the way to being named a finalist for the coveted Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. He earned that distinction after he recorded 49 tackles with nine sacks (tied for fourth on the school season-record list) and posted 13.5 stops-for-loss. He was twice named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week and five of his eleven pressures caused interceptions.

 

Montgomery was again named All-American and All-SEC as a junior, picking up three SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades as a junior in 2012. With ten starts at right end, the bulked-up 260-pounder was a force coming off the edge, as he tied for tenth on the school season-record chart with eight sacks, in addition to registering thirteen stops behind the line of scrimmage. He made 37 tackles in thirteen contests and all three of his pressures killed scoring drives.

 

Montgomery shared the team’s Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player Award with Barkevious Mingo in his final season. Shortly after the team lost to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, he would join nine other Tigers underclassmen in declaring for the NFL Draft, the most players to leave a university with eligibility remaining in the same season since the NFL allowed those athletes to apply for the draft.

 

At first glance of Montgomery performing in the agility tests at the 2013 NFL Combine, you see a player that has a muscular physique with a defined upper and lower body. He has a thick chest, long arms, tight waist and hips, good bubble and strong legs. For a down lineman, he has above average quickness and agility for his position.

 

The Tigers junior possesses above average balance, change of direction and flexibility. He generates good acceleration to the ball and flashes the quickness needed to come underneath and make the plays. He has strong hands to hold at the point of attack and is quick to disengage. He has that aggressive streak coaches want in a strong-side pass rusher and seems to change his personality when he puts on his uniform (quiet off the field, but intense on it).

 

His coaches praise the way Montgomery plays with consistent effort and with a sense of urgency. He flashes good closing speed and a proper pad level in pursuit and is very capable with handling the mental aspect of the game. While some teams might want bigger defensive ends, he compensates for a lack of bulk with good hand usage to keep blockers off him and maintain separation.

 

Montgomery is quick to deliver a blow and uses his hands with authority and functional strength. The thing you notice with his hands is his ability to discard quickly. He also has excellent lateral quickness and agility, showing above average hip snap to get an edge, which makes him a potential candidate to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

 

The Louisiana State prospect is a good tackler, aggressive hitter, will square up and wrap and does a good job of bringing his hips. He knows how to use his upper body strength to unload, as he does a good job of wrapping, striking and exploding behind his hits. He has the athleticism to stay up and play on his feet and knows how to use his hands well to protect his legs vs. low blocks.

 

Montgomery has good mobility and is quick to locate at the point of attack. His lack of bulk hurts him on occasion, especially when working in-line, but he is a very effective chaser. He flashes the ability to come underneath and make the play. On the move, he plays with good balance and does a good job of mirroring the running back in the short zone.

 

CAREER NOTES

Montgomery started 26-of-31 games he appeared in for Louisiana State at right defensive end, recording 104 tackles (47 solos)…His 32.5 stops for losses of 145 yards tied Chad Lavailais for eighth on the school career-record chart…His nineteen sacks for minus 114 yards are tied with Marcus Spears (2001-04) and Chuck Wiley (1994-97) for sixth on the LSU all-time record list…Deflected four passes and credited with fourteen quarterback pressures…Also caused three fumbles and recovered another.

 

2012 SEASON

Montgomery was a second-team All-American selection by the Walter Camp Foundation and Sports Illustrated, receiving third-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and CBS Sports…The consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice added SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week recognition for his performances vs. South Carolina, Auburn and Washington…Shared the team’s Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player Award with Barkevious Mingo and was the recipient of LSU’s Toby Caston Award for outstanding performance during 2012 spring drills…Appeared in all thirteen games, starting ten contests at right defensive end, coming off the bench in the Mississippi State and Mississippi clashes…Recorded 37 tackles (18 solos) as his eight sacks for minus 43 yards ranked fifth in the conference and also tied for the tenth-best season total by a Tigers defender…Was also fifth in the league with thirteen stops for losses of 57 yards, as he helped the team finish ninth in the nation in run defense (101.62 ypg) and eighth in total defense (307.62 ypg)…Caused a pair of fumbles and recovered another…Deflected two passes and had three quarterback pressures…After not playing in the season opener vs. North Texas, Montgomery registered four tackles, a 3-yard sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in LSU’s 41-3 win over Washington. He also added three pressures as the Tigers held Washington to only 12 first downs and 183 yards of total offense…His second SEC Player of the Week honor came after he accounted for four tackles (3 solos) with 3.5 going for losses for minus 14 yards in a 12-10 win at Auburn. His first tackle-for-loss resulted in a safety and a 2-0 LSU first quarter lead. Included in the 3.5 tackles for loss was a sack for minus 5 yards. For the game, the Tigers limited Auburn to only nine first downs and 183 total yards (86 rushing, 97 passing). Auburn’s longest drive of the game went 42 yards and got inside the LSU 25-yard line just twice, one of which came after an LSU fumble that gave Auburn the ball on the LSU 26-yard line…Montgomery had three tackles including two sacks and a forced fumble in a  23-21 defeat over third-ranked South Carolina. The Tiger defense limited the Gamecocks to just 34 rushing yards and 211 total yards and held Carolina to just 3-of-13 third down conversions. The junior had a sack for an 11-yard loss on a third-down attempt for South Carolina late in the fourth quarter to help preserve the victory for the Tigers…Earned a sack for the third straight game vs. Ole Miss and registered a sack and a pass break-up vs. Mississippi State…Had another sack, recovered a fumble and earned three tackles vs. Alabama…Closed out his career with five tackles and a 6-yard sack, causing a fumble on that play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 SEASON

A finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, Montgomery was named All-American first-team by the Football Writers Association and FoxSportsNext.com, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Sports Illustrated, while also picking up third-team accolades from the Associated Press and Rivals.com…The All-SEC first-team pick by the league’s coaches was chosen SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Alabama and SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Kentucky…Started eleven of the fourteen games he appeared in at right defensive end, registering 49 tackles (23 solos), as his nine sacks for minus 55 yards led the team, ranked sixth in the league and tied  Melvin Oliver (2005), Marcus Spears (2004), Gabe Northern (1995) and Ron Sancho (1987) for fourth place on the school season-record chart…Also paced the Tigers with 13.5 stops for losses of 63 yards, adding eleven pressures, two pass deflections and a forced fumble…Tallied two tackles for loss and one sack vs. Arkansas…Credited with a 3-yard sack vs. Western Kentucky and an 11-yard sack along with three solo tackles vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship Game…Named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week with Arkansas’ Jake Bequette after he set a career-high with two sacks and tied his career-best with six total tackles at Alabama…Posted six tackles vs. Auburn and added 1.5 stops for loss that included a 15-yard sack…Named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his performance vs. Kentucky when he produced six tackles and two stops behind the line of scrimmage that included 1.5 sacks…Combined with Tyrann Mathieu to record a sack vs. Northwestern State as he finished with five tackles…Made four tackles with a team-high 1.5 stops-for-loss and a forced fumble recovered by Eric Reid in the Oregon contest.

 

2010 SEASON

Montgomery was named Freshman All-SEC by the league’s coaches after he started the Tigers’ first five games at right defensive end before sustaining a season-ending right knee injury in the first quarter of the Tennessee clash…Despite the injury, he still made eighteen tackles with two sacks for minus 16 yards and six stops for losses of 25 yards…

Produced six tackles and two stops-for-loss vs. West Virginia…Tallied six tackles with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Mississippi State…Displayed his explosiveness again at Vanderbilt by recording his second sack from seven yards out…In the North Carolina game, he delivered four tackles and a 9-yard sack.

 

2009 SEASON

Montgomery red-shirted as a freshman.

 

OFF-FIELD ISSUES

Montgomery was involved in a fight at a campus apartment parking lot where a gun was reportedly pointed at him and quarterback Zach Mettenberger in June of 2011.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Montgomery missed the Tigers’ final eight games after he suffered a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear in the first quarter of the Tennessee contest.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.81 in the 40-yard dash…1.68 10-yard dash…2.79 20-yard dash…4.51 20-yard shuttle…

7.80 three-cone drill…34 ½-inch vertical jump…9’6” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…33 7/8-inch arm length…9 ¼-inch hands…79 3/8-inch wingspan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Montgomery attended Greenwood (S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach shell Dula…During his junior season, he delivered 65 tackles that included fifteen sacks and twenty stops behind the line of scrimmage…The two-time All-State choice registered 85 tackles, eleven sacks and fifteen stops-for-loss as a senior…Rated the second-best defensive end in the country by ESPN and sixth by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service also considered him the third-best pass rusher in the prep ranks…Super Prep rated him the second-best prospect in the state of South Carolina…Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100 and the Mobile Press Register’s Super Southeast 120… Concluded his high school career as a member of the White squad that competed in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Orlando, Florida…Also lettered in basketball.

 

PERSONAL

Sports Administration major…Son of Debra and Sidney Montgomery…Nickname is “Sonic” Sam for his affection of the video game “Sonic Hedgehog”…Montgomery lost his brother, John Darrel Adams, before playing his first football game in high school. Adams was shot in 2007 while working as a bouncer at a Columbia, South Carolina bar. Sam still uses the memories of playing “Sonic the Hedgehog” with Adams as a motivating factor on the field, playing with a motor that never stops…Born Sidney Sammual Montgomery on 5/25/90 in Greenwood, South Carolina.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 05 05 018  06  12  00  00  0-0  06.0-25   00  02.0-16    00
2011 14 11 049  23  26  00  01  0-0  13.5-63   02  09.0-55    11
2012 12 10 037  18  19  01  02  0-0  13.0-57   02  08.0-43    03
TOTAL 31 26 104  47  57  01  03  0-0  32.5-145   04  19.0-114    14

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Recorded a safety in 2012.

 

MONTGOMERY GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Texas 09/01/12 North Texas 41-14

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 09/08/12 Washington 41-3

Yes

2

2

1

1

4

0

1

3

0

0

3

Idaho 09/15/12 Idaho 63-14

Yes

3

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 09/22/12 at Auburn 12-10

Yes

1

3

1

3

14

0

1

5

0

0

0

Towson 09/29/12 Towson 38-22

Yes

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/06/12 at Florida 6-14

Yes

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/13/12 South Carolina 23-21

Yes

1

2

0

2

12

0

2

12

0

1

0

Texas A&M 10/20/12 at Texas A&M 24-19

Yes

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Alabama 11/03/12 Alabama 17-21

Yes

1

2

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/10/12 Mississippi St. 37-17

Yes

1

1

0

1

7

0

1

7

1

0

0

Ole Miss 11/17/12 Ole Miss 41-35

Yes

2

1

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/23/12 at Arkansas 20-13

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Clemson 12/31/12 Clemson 24-25

Yes

2

3

0

1

6

0

1

6

0

1

0

Season Totals

19

18

6

10

57

0

8

43

2

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Oregon 09/03/11 Oregon 40-27

Yes

2

2

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

Northwestern St. 09/10/11 Northwestern St. 49-3

Yes

4

1

2

0

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/15/11 at Mississippi St. 19-6

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/24/11 at West Virginia 47-21

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/01/11 Kentucky 35-7

Yes

4

2

2

1

7

1

1

6

0

0

0

Florida 10/08/11 Florida 41-11

Yes

2

1

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/15/11 at Tennessee 38-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/22/11 Auburn 45-10

Yes

2

4

1

1

15

0

1

15

0

0

0

Alabama 11/05/11 at Alabama 9-6

Yes

3

3

0

2

6

0

2

6

0

0

0

Western Ky. 11/12/11 Western Ky. 42-9

Yes

2

1

0

1

3

0

1

3

0

0

1

Ole Miss 11/19/11 at Ole Miss 52-3

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/25/11 Arkansas 41-17

Yes

3

1

2

1

11

0

1

8

0

0

0

Georgia 12/03/11 Georgia 42-10

Yes

0

3

0

1

11

0

1

11

0

0

0

Alabama 01/09/12 Alabama 0-21

Yes

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

26

23

9

9

63

2

8

55

0

1

1

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Carolina 09/04/10 North Carolina 30-24

Yes

2

2

1

1

10

0

1

9

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/11/10 at Vanderbilt 27-3

Yes

0

2

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/18/10 Mississippi St. 29-7

Yes

6

0

3

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/25/10 West Virginia 20-14

Yes

4

2

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/02/10 Tennessee 16-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/09/10 at Florida 33-29

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

McNeese St. 10/16/10 McNeese St. 32-10

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/23/10 at Auburn 17-24

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/06/10 Alabama 24-21

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

La.-Monroe 11/13/10 La.-Monroe 51-0

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 11/20/10 Mississippi 43-36

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/27/10 at Arkansas 23-31

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 01/07/11 Texas A&M 41-24

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

12

6

4

4

25

0

2

16

0

0

0

 

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