LSU set to return fantastic senior class, what this means for 2016
Many LSU Football Juniors had a decision to make whether they would return for their senior years, or enter the 2016 NFL Draft. In recent years, LSU’s has sent more players into the NFL than any other school, leaving a very young team behind. However, this year is different, LSU will have a somewhat experienced lineup for 2016. For more:
List of Draft Eligible Juniors:
OL Ethan Pocic – returning for senior year
DT Christian LaCouture – returning for senior year
DE Lewis Neal – returning for senior year
WR Travin Dural – returning for senior year
CB Tre’Davious White and LB Kendell Beckwith are “expected” to return, will make decision Monday
OL Jerald Hawkins – declared for NFL Draft
– Cornerback Tre’Davious White is expected to return to LSU for his senior season, per source.
In 11 starts in 2015, White finished fith on the team in tackles with 44.
He recorded a team-high seven pass breakups.
White averaged 11.4 yards per punt return and had a touchdown.
– Defensive End Lewis Neal tweeted Thursday that he will return for his senior season.
Neal led LSU with eight sacks and was fourth on the team with 48 tackles.
“After evaluating and considering entering my name for the 2016 NFL Draft, I have decieded to return to LSU for my senior year to continue my education and continue to do my best for LSU Football to help compete and win a Championship in 2016,” said Lewis Neal.
– LSU WR Travin Dural indicated on Saturday that he will be returning for his season season as well.
Dural had 28 receptions for 533 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
Dural suffered a torn hamstring in a 38-17 loss vs Ole Miss, which required surgery, and kept him out of LSU’s bowl game vs Texas Tech.
In his carrer, Dural has hauled in 72 catches for 1,436 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“Senior year about to be on 10,” tweeted Dural.
– LSU has confirmed that offensive linemen Ethan Pocic is returning for his senior season.
Ethan recieved a 2nd-round draft grade from committe, a big reason he chose to wait until 2017.
Pocic, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound junior was named All-SEC Second Team this season.
– Beckwith will be a key keeper, becuase if he were to leave early, LSU will have lost its top three linebackers from 2015 and have weaknesses in the backup position.
In 12 starts this past season, Beckwith finished second on the team in tackles with 84, and produced two forced fumbles.
Beckwith is a 6-foot-2, 252 pound LB who is one of LSU’s most valuable players.