For the first time in a while, LSU’s linebacker position is one with great depth.
With the return of Devin White and Donnie Alexander, the Tigers also add the No.1 linebacker prospect with Jacob Phillips, and two talented signees in Tyler Taylor and Patrick Queen. The position lost two leaders last season, with the departure of Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.
Beckwith recorded 263 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception during his outstanding four-year career in Baton Rouge.
Before National Signing Day on Feb. 1st, linebacker was a position of need for Ed Orgeron, and his staff reeled in some of the top prospects to replace the likes of Beckwith and Riley. It’s a deep position now that has young talent for Dave Aranda.
Although Orgeron has garnered some young gems at the position, Devin White and Donnie Alexander will prove to be LSU’s leaders of the unit. Devin White posted a phenomenal freshman campaign, notching 30 total tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack.
Donnie Alexander emerged as one of LSU’s hidden talents, racking in 45 total tackles last season, with breakout performances against Alabama and Arkansas.
Now as we head into 2017, linebacker is a position of strength for the Tigers, and should be for a very long time.
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