Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 5: Jamal Adams
LSU is well-known for its reputation as “DBU,” and no player on the current roster embodies that better than Adams.
The standout safety has been an immediate contributor for the Tigers since his true freshman season. Adams has appeared in every game for LSU, including 14 consecutive starts dating back to the 2014 season.
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Texas native led the team with four interceptions last year. He ranked third on the team in tackles with 67, including five for loss, to go along with 10 passes defensed and a forced fumble.
As a result, Adams was named to the Freshman All-SEC Freshmant team and earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2015. He should vie for both the Bednarik and Thorpe awards this coming season, as well.
Adams will anchor LSU’s secondary, which besides senior cornerback Tre’Davious White will feature a first-year starter in Rickey Jefferson and sophomore Kevin Toliver II. That leaves Adams in an all-important position to lead the unit with his natural ball-hawking abilities and help ease the transition under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
There might not be a player in the country with a better nose for the football than Adams. He has separated himself as an invaluable part of the LSU defense, and could be poised to build off of stellar freshman and sophomore campaigns this coming season. Adams’ success will be instrumental to that of the entire Tigers defense.
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- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
- No. 13: Ethan Pocic
- No. 12: Christian LaCouture
- No. 11: Derrius Guice
- No. 10: Kendell Beckwith
- No. 9: Maea Teuhema
- No. 8 Davon Godchaux
- No. 7: Tre’Davious White
- No. 6: Travin Dural
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.