Before the season, he was considered one of the SEC's best defensive ends. He had all the physical tools and the resume to back it up, so it was only a matter of time before we started hearing his name week in and week out.
Yet, the only mention of him to start the year was the news that he had been benched to open the season.
It wasn't exactly the start that LSU's Sam Montgomery wanted, but being the team guy that he is, Montgomery took to opportunity to teach those around him -- especially Lavar Edwards, who started in his place against North Texas.
Montgomery has since regained his starting spot and has 18 tackles on the season, including six for loss and two sacks. Still, we expected more from the junior. In two SEC games, Montgomery has 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack, all of which came against Auburn.
It's time for Montgomery to, as Atlanta Falcons so joyously say, "Rise up."
Saturday's game against No. 3 South Carolina is the perfect chance for everyone to see the Montgomery we expected from the beginning of the season. And the good news for Montgomery is that visiting South Carolina has had its own issues along the offensive line.
Offensive-line coach Shawn Elliott hasn't exactly been thrilled with his line's performance, and has had to change the lineup here and there. The Gamecocks have given up 14 sacks this season, with eight coming in their three SEC games.
That has to make Montgomery feel good. He's the heart and soul of not just LSU's defensive line but that the defense in general. If he can get this unit going, it could be a long day for South Carolina's offense. He has to bring pressure to the Gamecocks' backfield and make quarterback Connor Shaw's day as unpleasant as possible. South Carolina's offense thrives on the read option, so disrupting that is key for this defense.
Montgomery has the size, strength and speed to frustrate South Carolina's tackles all night long, and he will. We've been waiting to see Montgomery have a big game and with the stage so big, he'll show up. He'll have South Carolina's tackles scrambling and Elliott shaking his head all night long Saturday.