2013 NFL Combine: Sam Montgomery admits to only giving effort when 'needed' in 2012

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Montgomery says when LSU faced lesser teams, his effort dropped during his junior season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- When LSU was preparing for games against lesser opponents during the 2012 season, defensive end Sam Montgomery admits that he wasn't putting forth much effort during the week of practice. He simply felt that he didn't need to try.

"Definitely, some weeks that we weren't playing harder teams, there was some times when effort was not needed," Montgomery said on Saturday. "It's definitely one of those things when we had the big boys and everything coming in, the 'Bama's or the South Carolina's, I grabbed real close to those guys and I went all out for them."

Montgomery seemed nonchalant about his selective effort and is convinced that he will be able to flip the switch when playing in the NFL.

"This is a new league, the NFL," Montgomery said. "There are no more small teams, small division teams, it's all Alabama's, LSU's every week, so it's definitely going to have to be something I get adjusted to. I'm sure with the right coaching I'll be fine."

While Montgomery openly admitted his lack of effort, he realizes it might come off poorly to NFL teams. He wasn't afraid to admit it, though, because he feels it's something that he's learned from and grown out of since leaving LSU.

"It's definitely a thing where when you're young you do things as a boy, when you grow you do things as a man," Montgomery said. "From a maturing standpoint, going into this league with everything I've learned so far, I was a boy when I was in college, now that I'm going to the league, I'm a man."

Montgomery knows he will have a lot to answer to when NFL teams meet with him this weekend. But he insists that there is nothing he can say to coaches and general managers that will convince them about his effort. Only his play on the field can do that.

"You get your chance, and when your chance comes you dominate," Montgomery said. "You can only prove it through actions not through words."

More in the NFL:

’Best player available’ and other lies

Linemen running the 40 will inspire you

Mike McCarthy is confused

Players to watch Saturday at the Combine

Mike Mayock explains why he likes big butts

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.