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LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White looks to cap off Tigers career with Jim Thorpe award

After passing on a chance to go to the NFL Draft, White not only has a chance to be a part of a special team, but he can take home some individual hardware at season's end.

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There's a reason Louisiana State is called "DBU" by those around the conference. Tigers legends such as Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid, LaRon Landry, Ryan Clark and Morris Claiborne have paved the way for future NFL stars to shine in the Bayou. Most recently, Jalen Mills made his way from Louisiana to the NFL and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Along with Jamal Adams, Tre'davious White will be the next great LSU defensive back to make it to the NFL.

White has always been a star, and was a massive prospect in high school. From his days in Green Oaks High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, White was a five-star prospect and the number two cornerback in his class. Not only is White an impactful player in LSU's secondary, but he also plays a big part in the return game. Modeling his game after Peterson and Mathieu, White has been the team's leader in passes defended and return yards in his time in Baton Rouge. It's obviously a big workload for anyone to handle, but White has always had it in his heart to be a leader and take on more than he should.

The coaching staff at LSU recognized White's hard work last season and gave White the coveted #18 jersey. After the 2003 national championship season, wearing #18 for LSU has signified the most selfless and hardest worker on the team. The number 18 has covered almost every position on the field since it became a tradition in Baton Rouge. Quarterback Matt Mauck, running backs Jacob Hester, Richard Murphy and Terrance Magee, tight end Richard Dickson, strong safety Brandon Taylor, linebacker Lamim Barrow and defensive end Bennie Logan predated White as players to wear the storied jersey.

With LSU ranked as the fifth best team in the nation in the preseason polls, a lot is expected of the Tigers. As the leader of the defense, Tre'davious White has a lot of pressure on him to step up and take control and solidify himself as a top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. LSU has always been known for their defensive prowess, and if White can deliver another stellar season for the Tigers, he won't be the only one in purple and gold holding a trophy in January.