LSU juniors Kendell Beckwith and Tre’Davious White announced Monday that they will not be entering the 2016 NFL Draft and will return to Baton Rouge for their senior season.
The return of these two defensive studs is huge news for Les Miles and LSU. Beckwith and White were both likely going to be drafted in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft. With their return, LSU will now return 18 of 22 starters from 2015. OL Jerald Hawkins is the only underclassmen that the Tigers will be losing to the draft.
Beckwith’s return fills LSU’s biggest need at middle linebacker. He finished the season with 73 tackles, 10 TFL, and 3.5 sacks. It will be interesting to see how Beckwith’s versatility is used in new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s system.
Tre’Davious White has been projected as a first or second round pick by many draft analysts. His return gives LSU two experienced and talented corners, with rising sophomore Kevin Toliver II starting opposite of White.
The past few months have been filled with ups and downs for the LSU football team and their fans.
Here’s a quick recap of the events that have transpired since the start of November:
- Enter November with a 7-0 record
- Ranked #2 in first College Football Playoff poll
- Lose to #4 Alabama 30-16
- Fournette essentially dropped from Heisman race after Bama loss
- Lose to unranked Arkansas 31-14 in Death Valley
- Les Miles apparently “coaching for his job”
- Lose third-straight game to Ole Miss 38-17
- ESPN’s Joe Schad reports Les Miles will coach last game vs. Texas A&M
- Tigers beat Aggies 19-7. Les Miles carried off the field in dramatic fashion
- LSU AD Joe Alleva announces at post-game press conference that Miles is still the coach
- Tigers handle Texas Tech 56-27 in Texas Bowl. LSU finished season ranked #16
- After one season, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele leaves LSU for same job at Auburn
- LSU hires Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda
- Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson leaves to take over head coach of UTSA
As you can see, LSU football fans have experienced a whirlwind of emotions in just a few short months, but things are looking up. The Tigers currently have the second ranked recruiting class (247sports). Beckwith and White returning gives LSU a chance to knock Alabama off of the top of the SEC throne in 2016.