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. 7: Tre’Davious White
Like Kendell Beckwith, Christian LaCouture and Ethan Pocic, White’s decision to return to LSU for his senior season came as a bit of a surprise. However, the cornerback’s continued presence in the secondary gives the team another battle-tested leader in a unit that otherwise would have lacked one this fall.
White, a 5-foot-11, 191-pound Louisiana native, led the Tigers in pass breakups (seven) last season and also finished fifth on the team in tackles (44), including 1.5 for loss.
A special teams ace, White served as LSU’s primary punt returner. He managed 20 returns for 229 yards and a 69-yard touchdown in 2015. However, fellow defensive back Donte Jackson could steal some of those returns in 2016.
White was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist as a junior, an honor allotted to the nation’s top defensive back. The seasoned cornerback should also contend for that honor again this coming season.
Over his career, White has started 34 games, registering 126 tackles, four interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Comparatively speaking, he has 20 more starters than LSU’s next most-seasoned defensive back (Adams, 14 starts).
White will be the unquestioned leader of the Tigers secondary. He could not only have a dynamic effect on the field, but should also serve as a mentor for up-and-coming secondary members such as Saivion Smith, Kristian Fulton and Andraez “Greedy” Williams.
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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
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.