2 LSU defenders announce their return for senior season

2 LSU defenders announce their return for senior season

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Almost three weeks after LSU's season ended, all but one junior have decided to stay in school in lieu of entering the NFL draft.

Two of the longest-tenured defenders on the squad, cornerback Tre'Davious White and linebacker Kendell Beckwith, made it official on Monday, the deadline to declare.

Left tackle Jerald Hawkins announced he would depart Jan. 6, and while others have contemplated the decision, the Baldwin, La., native will officially be the sole early exit.

Head coach Les Miles spoke to LSU Sports Information of White and Beckwith's decision to stay.

"These are special guys. They have a real fondness and enjoyment for this football team," he said. "They are leaders; Kendell makes all the calls from the Mike linebacker spot and Tre'Davious wears No. 18, which has always been the mark of a leader. Decisions like this aren't easy to make. These guys took their time, got all of the information necessary to make a real educated and quality decision."

White has started in the secondary since his freshman season and has returned punts, including one for a touchdown against Syracuse this season. Beckwith capped his first full season as a starter with a career outing in the 2015 bowl game against Texas Tech, logging four tackles for loss and two-and-a-half sacks.

A date has not been set yet for LSU's Pro Day.

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