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Devin White | Linebacker

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 2/17/1998
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240

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LSU junior LB Devin White was named winner of the Butkus Award.
The Butkus Award is handed out annually to the best linebacker in the country. White (6'4/240) earned the honor via a 2018 campaign in which he registered 115 tackles (12.0 for loss), three sacks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles while appearing in all 12 of LSU's games on the year. White has already said that he plans on playing in LSU's Fiesta Bowl showdown with UCF. Should he declare for the draft in the coming days and weeks, as many expect, the junior linebacker could be in play for a top-15 or even top-10 selection in the spring. Dec 4 - 5:16 PM

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LSU junior LB Devin White will play in the Fiesta Bowl against UCF.

There were rumors that White would not be playing in the game -- he's considered one of the best linebackers in the country and likely to declare for the NFL Draft soon -- but White dispelled those notions, saying he had "unfinished business to handle." It's likely the last time we see him in an LSU uniform before he gets drafted by someone in the first 32 selections.
Dec 3 - 11:18 AM

LSU junior LB Devin White was named one of the five finalists for the Butkus Award.

He joins Kentucky's Josh Allen, Alabama's Dylan Moses, Michigan's Devin Bush and Clemson's Tre Lamar. The biggest surprise omission here is Washington's Ben Burr-Kirven, who leads the NCAA in tackles but doesn't get a nominee. Picking who doesn't belong is tough, however, as this is a loaded field. White is considered among the best linebacker prospects in college football, and is a likely first-round pick in 2019.
Source: Bama Online
Nov 19 - 5:12 PM

LSU HC Ed Orgeron told reporters on Monday that he was unsure who will play in the first half for suspended junior LB Devin White.

There appear to be two options: Patrick Queen and Micah Baskerville. White was suspended for the first half for a dubious -- and we're going with dubious because we can't say what we really think -- targeting call against Mississippi in the second half. Neither player can replicate what the all-world linebacker can do, so it's just a matter of either Queen or Baskerville holding down the fort for the first two periods before White can return.
Source: LSU Rivals
Oct 29 - 4:48 PM

LSU fans started a GoFundMe campaign on Monday to order two billboards reading "#FreeDevinWhite" by the SEC's offices.

The power of the people at work. The funding campaign has already more than raised the stated goal of $4,150 -- any excess will be given to the LSU School of Veterinarian Medicine "in honor of Devin's love of horses." Tigers fans are on the warpath after the SEC announced that White's first-half suspension against Alabama on Nov. 3 will stand after he was ejected on a dubious targeting call in the second half of Saturday's win over Mississippi State. Somewhat unbelievably, the conference has no appeals process.
Oct 23 - 7:24 PM

LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson announced that junior LB Devin White's half-game suspension against Alabama will stand.

White was ejected in the second half of Saturday’s victory over Mississippi State after being flagged for a (everyone agrees on this) ticky-tack targeting penalty on MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald. Since the penalty came after halftime, White was automatically suspended for the first half of the following game. Unfortunately for LSU, that meant the first two quarters of next Saturday’s game against Alabama. LSU AD Joe Alleva spoke with SEC officials in an attempt to get the suspension overturned to no effect. "Discussions with the SEC made clear there is no process for appeal," Munson said. "The suspension will stand." White, a potential Top-10 NFL Draft pick who has 76 tackles and 7.5 TFL, will likely be replaced in the first half against Bama by sophomore Patrick Queen.
Oct 23 - 12:32 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso believes that LSU junior LB Devin White is a player that could be targeted by the Raiders in the first round.

As you might have heard, the Raiders now have three first-round picks after Monday's trade of Amari Cooper to the Cowboys. That Dallas pick currently projects as a selection between 13-18, and White (6'0/240) would absolutely make sense in that area in Trapasso's eyes. "White's a twitchy, ultra-aggressive linebacker who, as a 20-year-old, probably has his best football in front of him," Trapasso writes. "He's a little slow reacting to his keys and is a liability as a tackler but plays with his hair on fire." After passing on a potential defensive star in Derwin James, the Raiders would do well to procure the services of White with one of their picks.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 22 - 9:47 PM

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has been talking to SEC officials to appeal junior LB Devin White's half-game suspension due to a targeting penalty called against Mississippi State.

White (6'0/240) is set to miss the first half of next week's extremely important game against No. 1 Alabama, so LSU officials are trying to do everything they can to appeal the suspension. While it's worth trying since he's such a talented player, it's an uphill that the SEC overturns the call since there isn't an appeals process set up. Alabama will be rightfully upset if the SEC overturns the call.
Oct 21 - 1:28 PM

LSU junior LB Devin White was ejected from Saturday's game against Mississippi State for targeting.

This is a huge development for LSU. Since the penalty occurred during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, White will have to miss the first half of LSU's next game...November 3 against Alabama. Sophomore Patrick Queen is listed as White's backup at ROVER, and the good news for him is that he'll have additional time to get prepared for a likely starting role with LSU having a bye next week.
Oct 20 - 9:57 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard believes that LSU junior LB Devin White has seen his stock rise after his performance against Auburn on Saturday.

White's stock was pretty darn high coming into the year, but he's exceeded expectations, which seems crazy. "He’s hitting and wrapping with authority right now, and while his mental processing is still a bit inconsistent, White seems to be seeing things much cleaner in 2018," Ledyard writes. White doesn't have ideal size (6'0/240) but his speed and playmaking skills are impossible to ignore. This is a special defensive football player.
Sep 17 - 6:24 PM

NFL Draft Network's Ric Serritella lists LSU junior LB Devin White as the one of the top prospects to watch in Saturday's contests between Auburn and LSU.

White has received his fair share of accolades coming into the season -- and after these first two weeks -- and Serritella joins in the chorus. As he notes, White already has 19 tackles this season after making a whopping 133 in 2017. "While naysayers will be quick to point out his lack of height, observers should be able to recognize that this Tigers' heart outweighs his size (6'0/240)," Serritella writes. "He appears destined for the first round whenever he decides to head to the next level."
Sep 14 - 7:14 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes LSU junior LB Devin White is a "next-level linebacker."

Pauline gave White (6'1/240) a 1st round grade and said he "is smart, tough and very athletic. He plays with terrific speed and fundamentals and can stack against the run or drop into coverage." Pauline does mention that White is shorter than most NFL linebackers, but "the league does not mind smaller or shorter linebackers, and I doubt White is penalized much for barely touching six feet on the tape." White has a legitimate chance to be the first linebacker off the board next April.
Aug 13 - 6:09 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists LSU junior LB Devin White as the top linebacker to watch in college football for 2018.

White was a star for the LSU defense in 2017, and he enters 2018 with sky-high expectations. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker gets rave reviews for his ability to go sideline-to-sideline, and Zierlein notes that White can "mirror" running backs if they try and bounce plays to the outside. He does note that White isn't perfect in finishing tackles and can improve his technique. If he does, he has a great chance to be the first linebacker off the board in 2019, assuming he doesn't come back for his senior season.
Jul 20 - 6:14 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that LSU junior LB Devin White ranked at the top of off-ball linebackers in his pass-rush productivity rating.

White had a grade of 27.9, meaning he was successful at reaching the quarterback on 27.9 percent of his rush attempts; in this case going 30-for-86 on his rushes. "To put that into perspective," PFF writes, "White tied with Colorado LB Drew Lewis for most pressures by an off-ball linebacker, yet White rushed the passed 38 fewer times than Lewis did to accumulate 30 total pressures." The freak athlete is considered one of the best linebackers -- if not defenders -- eligible for the 2019 draft, and his ability to get to the cornerback while also helping with the run and in coverage is obviously a key reason why.
Jun 25 - 1:16 PM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that LSU junior LB Devin White might be the most athletic player in the 2019 draft class.

"He might be the most athletic player in the entire class," the scout told Miller. "I've heard stories about his battles with Leonard Fournette, and they're on a similar level athletically." When you consider just how athlete Fournette is, it becomes all the more impressive. White not only oozes athleticism, he's been a productive player in the SEC as well. Miller ranks him sixth among prospects in this class, and raves about the potential. "White needs to clean up some false steps you can see on tape and better recognize routes in the passing game," he writes, "but it's easy to look at him as a player on par with Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds."
Jun 11 - 3:50 PM