The LSU Tigers look to be one of the best teams in the country for the 2016 season, but they were expected to do so without two big pieces of their defense. That doesn’t seem to be the case now as both pieces have announced they will return for their senior seasons.
Both linebacker Kendell Beckwith and cornerback Tre’Davious White were expected to declare for the NFL Draft this year. White was expected to be a first-round pick this year, but both have surprised everyone by announcing their return for the 2016 season.
“For the first time, we return a big senior class,” head coach Les Miles told The Advocate. “Anytime that you have a senior dominated team, you recognize that you are going to play with leaders, and guys always play their best year of football when they are most mature. This is a great decision for all of these guys. They are going to get their college degree and they will all improve their draft position. This is a great day for LSU and our program.”
The Tigers are only losing one junior to the NFL in offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, who declared for the Draft just over a week ago. Bring back Beckwith and White is a huge thing for LSU.
Beckwith recorded 73 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 2015. White had a big year defensively and returning kicks as he recorded 38 tackles and returned a punt for a touchdown, his second in the last two years.
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